VHP chief Alok Kumar equates Black Lives Matter protests in US with Ram Janmabhoomi movement
Kumar's remarks have come ahead of bhoomi pujan for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya on 5 August, which is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Vishva Hindu Parishad's (VHP) working president Alok Kumar said the construction of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir is representative of the country's fight for its self-respect, culture and ethos, which many conquerors had attempted to destroy.
Drawing a parallel between the 'Black Lives Matter' and Ram Janmabhoomi movements, he said both struggles were for justice and equity for a specific culture and its people. The "bhoomi pujan" of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is slated to be held on 5 August. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the event.
Senior RSS functionary Dattatreya Hosabale on Friday said the Ram temple will be a symbol of "cultural nationalism" in the country, while asserting that its construction is not merely a religious affair. With the construction of the temple, there will be both Ram and "roti", he said, adding that Ram means cultural, sociological and spiritual development of the country and "roti" means its economic growth.
Underlining that the temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya is not merely a religious affair, the joint general secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said, "It is for the cultural awakening of the country. The Ram temple will be a symbol of cultural nationalism in the country, which has been engulfed by an English mindset for long."
Asserting that the construction of the temple is a cultural responsibility of the government, he said a few people are trying to project it as an administrative responsibility for their political benefits.
On politicians opposing the construction of the temple for the sake of secularism, Hosabale said, "They should understand that nationalism and cultural nationalism cannot be suppressed in the name of secularism."
Hoping that its construction will usher in a new era of cultural nationalism in India, he said with the temple in place, the values and principles of the kings of Ayodhya will replace the western mindset in the country.
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A trust member also said that soil from various pilgrimages and water from sacred rivers will be used during the bhoomi pujan on 5 August