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Betwa Sharma| HuffPost OnLine | New Delhi | Dec 18, 2019:: Once a critic of rightwing organisations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Swamy has emerged as a champion of Hindutva or Hindu nationalism over the past decade.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader says the Ayodhya verdict, which gave the land where the Babri Masjid once stood to the Hindus, meant that India had “regained its historical legacy.” He added, however, the matter is not over. From a Hindutva lens, the 80-year-old lawmaker said the hopes and dreams of Hindus will only be fulfilled when the temples in Mathura and Varanasi are also restored.
Swamy, who was a Union Minister in the Narasimha Rao government when the mosque was demolished in 1992, spoke of his plan to try and get Parliament to amend the law that safeguards against changing the religious character of places, how BJP veteran L.K. Advani, who led the Rath Yatra in 1990, will be remembered, and his interactions with PM Rao at the time.
It is regaining the heritage of India. Today, I perceive this country as one that has regained its historical legacy. If you have demolished a temple and then built a masjid on it, then I have every right to restore that temple. There are three temples that we want liberated for special reasons. Ram Temple where Ram was born, the Krishna mandir in Mathura where Krishna was born, and third is Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi. When all three are restored, the matter is over.
It’s an Act. It cannot supersede my fundamental right to pray. So, I will move for an amendment or declaring that Act as unconstitutional when the time comes. Like you made an amendment for the Ram Temple in the Act itself, you make an amendment and include these two temples because these involve fundamental rights. I’ll first try in Parliament.
It’s an Act. It cannot supersede my fundamental right to pray.
No. There are lots of differences of opinion. The rational Muslim knows the BJP has not allowed a single communal riot to take place.
The BJP is not responsible for that.
Did it not happen before?
I’m sorry, I don’t agree with you.
They have the guts to say it now. They did not have the guts to say it earlier. We would have never come to power if the sentiment is not there.
It’s a toxic sentiment that can be cured by a mature presentation of what this nation is. Not by the hocus pocus that Jawaharlal Nehru dished out to us. You see that is where people felt that after all this history, we are still second class citizens. Whether they were or not is another matter. But they saw that whatever we were doing to accommodate Muslims as appeasement. When such things takes root, there is no use in using logic. You cannot block it unless you address the core grievance.
It’s a toxic sentiment that can be cured by a mature presentation of what this nation is.
The core grievance is that after all this effort to liberate our country back, and partitioning our country, we are still appeasing the Muslim population.
I don’t. I have said that if they agree that their ancestors are Hindus then they are my family. I mentioned to you last time as well that my son-in-law is Muslim, go talk to him and his father, who is from Aligarh. He was our ace diplomat, ambassador, foreign secretary. He will say that I have not shown any bias at all.
As Samuel Huntington of Harvard University has said in the American context: citizenship is different from identity.
I’m not asking them to prove. I’m just asking them to admit the truth.
What do you mean why? It brings us closer. I don’t want them to be identified with Ghori and Ghazni. It brings out bad memories.
So, what? I want to forget that history.
Courtesy: Huffington Post India.