The question as to what next for the temple movement is not particularly troubling, a senior RSS functionary said, adding that the construction at Ram Janmabhoomi and the symbolism of the temple would attract more adherents to Sangh’s view that Ram and the values he represents are central to India’s cultural and social life.
RSS believes, the functionary said, that the political aspects of the temple movement were a result of the opposition from Congress and several other parties which failed to read the popular mood. “It was not a matter of tactics for RSS, which has always had deep convictions about the sanctity of janmasthan,” he said.
The Hindu claim, he pointed out, was finally established by a unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court that “secular” parties clearly did not originally anticipate.
The success story for RSS is the growing acceptance of its thought and the temple will be a powerful magnet in this regard. A similar approach to the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi mosque was not required, the RSS functionary said, adding that there was no need for a “roadmap” for settling the dispute which is under litigation. The main issue is acceptance of Sangh’s beliefs about “Hinduness” and identity. “Once a certain thought and value permeate society, such issues are resolved. Some path or the other emerges. Every problem does not need a similar solution,” he said.
RSS also believes the presence of its chief Mohan Bhagwat at the function in Ayodhya was a repudiation of campaigns against the organisation. The organisation has often found itself isolated and under attack for regressive views but the Ram temple movement established that it can, in fact, be an agent of change as it sought to alter the definition of nationhood that challenged the mainstream.