VHP plans massive campaign for Ram temple
Subject: VHP plans massive campaign for Ram temple
From: Dinesh Agrawal <DXA4@PSUVM.PSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 1995 21:56:00 -0400 (EDT)
From DXA4@PSUVM.PSU.EDU Fri Jul 28 21: 45:27 1995
Organization: Penn State University
VHP plans massive campaign on Ram temple
The Hindu, July 20, 1995
BOMBAY, July 19.
A massive campaign focusing on rebuilding of the Ram
temple at Ayodhya and ``liberation'' of Mathura and Kashi temples
alongwith a substantive programme for cow-protection would form
the agenda for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and organisations linked
to it ``to dethrone the secular Government at the Centre'' in
Announcing this in a press conference, Mr. Ashok Singhal,
VHP general secretary admitted that due to the two and half year
ban on it, ``there had been some setback'' in deployment of its
full time workers but it was gearing up for a campaign that would
spread over the next three years so that the country ``retains
its identity of being Hindu.''
When Mr. Singhal was specifically asked if he meant ``by
dethroning the secular Government,'' installation of the
Bharatiya Janata Party in the saddle, he shot back: ``why not?''
In effect, without mincing much words, he was clearly juxtaposing
the VHP campaign with the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The October campaign, of which the Bajrang Dal has
already spoken out here, would revolve ``around Bharatmata,
Gangamata and Gomata,'' Mr. Singhal said and projected that
``soon enough, the Congress(I) itself will split into ``Islamic
Congress and Hindu Congress. For the second category, we will
provide all support and push them forward.''
To him, the 40 years of litigation has not led to a new
temple at Ayodhya ``it will need another 40 years in court.''
Muslims are unwilling to surrender it, ``there is no Sardar Patel
to enact another Somnath.'' What is demolished in five hours
needs longer to rebuild. Therefore, a pro-Hindu Government has to
come to power so that the law that protected the 1947 status to
religious places were repealed.
``Our sants have decided'' that to rebuild the temple,
and ensure that Lord Krishna's birth place does not remain an
idgah and the Kashi temple has no mosque with it, they should
campaign for it and for this purpose, 275 jeeps as raths would be
sent across the country to ``awaken people to the cause as we did
with the Ram Janmabhoomi issue.''
At his acidic best, he switched from cow-protection, a
subject now being talked over at the Bharatiya Govansh Rakshan-
Samvardhan Parishad another VHP linked organisation at its p73
conference here and told correspondents that ``if anything was
being done in the country, it was to please the Muslim lobby. Cow
slaughter was one such policy which ``we and our organisations