Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said on Thursday that the court’s decision in the Gyanvapi mosque case should be respected by everybody and questioned why there is no need to look for a ‘Shivling’ in every mosque.
“The Gyanvapi case is still underway. We can’t change the past. It was not created by today’s Hindus or Muslims. It occurred at that time. Islam came from outside via attackers. During the attacks, Devsthans were destroyed to deplete the spirit of people who desired India’s independence,” Bhagwat made the remarks during the closing ceremony of an organization training session in Nagpur.
He stated that the conflict should not be exacerbated. “We should not bring out a new issue every day. Why should we exacerbate the conflict? We commit Gyanvapi and are acting under that, which is fine. But why should you look for a Shivling in every mosque?” He queried.
Mohan Bhagwat also claimed that the ancestors of today’s Muslims were Hindus too.
“There have been concerns voiced about Hindu pilgrimage sites. Hindus do not hold prejudices toward Muslims. The ancestors of today’s Muslims were Hindus too. It was done to deprive them of their freedom and to decrease morale. As a result, Hindus believe these (religious sites) should be restored,” he said.
However, he stated that the Sangh did not wish to comment on the matter. “On November 9, we spoke about what we had to say about the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. We participated although it was against our nature, for historical reasons, and because of the situation at that time. We completed that work and do not intend to pursue any more agitations,” he added.
Bhagwat emphasized the need for mutual accord, saying that everyone concerned in the Gyanvapi mosque-Kashi Vishwanath temple controversy should find a solution.
“However, because this does not happen every time and people approach courts,” Bhagwat stated, “the verdict of the court should be respected by everybody seeing the justice system as sacred and paramount.”