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Propagating Theocracy by Stealth?

The Sangh Parivar seeks to push its extraconstitutional agenda under the guise of law.

Mohan Bhagwat, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, in his annual Vijayadashami address stressed the demand for a bhavya Ram Mandir, citing national interest and self-esteem of the nation. Bhagwat’s call to bring a law to build the mandir is a move to encash the issue for electoral mobilisation of voters in the five state assembly elections as well as in the general elections in 2019. This call looks desperate considering that the issue of the land title is under the consideration of the Supreme Court. It means Bhagwat’s call effectively seeks to supersede the judicial procedure.

Invocation of national interest and “self-esteem” in Bhagwat’s speech is nothing but euphemism for the Sangh Parivar’s sectarian interests and its attempt at electoral self-aggrandisement. Considering that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha, this demand could have been made anytime in the last four years, but it is obvious that it has been raised at this point with an eye on the forthcoming elections. Bhagwat’s invocation of Ram Mandir as an embodiment of the “sentiments of crores of countrymen” suggests that the Sangh Parivar through the BJP would seek to rake up the mandir issue in an attempt to consolidate votes around the politics of Hindutva.

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Updated On : 30th Oct, 2018

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