“Read namaaz anywhere, why on the Ram Janma Bhoomi?” asks Swamy in Mangaluru4 min read
Mangaluru: Subramanian Swamy, a member of Rajya Sabha, addressed a gathering on ‘Building a Ram Temple for India’s Identity’ at a talk hosted by the Citizen’s Council, Mangalore Chapter and Virat Hindustan Sangam, at Sanghaniketan here, on Sunday evening.
Swamy commenced his hour-long speech by drawing distinctions between ‘identity’ and ‘citizenship’ in view of the proposed Citizenship Act. “Any person can become an Indian citizen by swearing allegiance to the constitution under the Citizenship Act and be entitled to its protection and laws but one’s identity relies on the identification of self with the country; even the USA makes this difference… Only a white, Anglo-Saxon, English-speaking, Protestant Christian person is said to have an American identity while all others are merely citizens”, he elaborated. He reiterated the Sonia Gandhi example, clarifying that she is just a citizen of India and does not possess the identity of a Hindustani.
Stressing on the systematic attempt of destroying the real identity of India over centuries, he labelled our British masters and Islamic rulers as experts in this destruction. Swamy expressed disdain at the glorification of Mughal rulers in History textbooks. “People in North India don’t know about Hindu kingdoms and dynasties like the Ahoms, the Vijayanagara empire, Krishnadevaraya, Rana Pratap or Shivaji, maybe they know the airport in Mumbai named after Shivaji’, he mocked.
According to Swamy, our identity is that of a Hindu because all our ancestors were Hindus. “Modern genetic studies published by the Universities of Mysore, Cambridge and even Houston, Texas have shown that DNA of all Indians from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Jamnagar to Dibrugarh is the same in its race concept”, he said before adding that the DNA of a Hindu and a Muslim is the same. “Therefore, either you are a Hindu or your ancestors were Hindu. If everyone accepts this then we shall be one big, happy, Hindustani family,” he stated amidst cheer and applause. He shunned the concept of discriminating on the grounds of Dravidian or Aryan race while narrating excerpts from the Ramayana and emphasising the importance of ‘Maryada Purushottam’ (peerless among men with propriety of conduct) Lord Rama.
The building of temples in accordance to the ‘Praana Pratishtha Pooja’ which involves 41 days of fasting as mentioned in the Agama Shastra enables God to enter the temple idol and become the owner of the temple; any alteration in the temple henceforth requires permission from the God. During his term as Law Minister in 1991, Swamy had successfully tested this proposition against the auction of the stolen Nataraja statue before the House of Lords in Britain. “In our own country, so-called English-educated secularists refuse to believe this theory but I’m not concerned about them”, he said.
Swamy went on to differentiate the purpose of constructing mosques and temples as believed by Hinduism and Islam. He said that post the demolition of Babri Masjid by uncontrollable mobs, the Supreme Court in 1994 had ruled that a mosque is not an essential part of worship in Islam. “Several mosques in Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been demolished and shifted by the authorised governments in order to construct roads or houses; mosques serve as a facilitation centre for reading namaaz only”, he added. On the contrary, he proclaimed, “Once a temple is built according to the ‘Praana Pratishtha Pooja’ `it remains a temple forever hence, despite the demolition of the ‘Ram Janma Bhoomi’ temple it maintains the temple stature and must be given to the Hindus”.
Swamy cited revelations of the Archaeological Survey of India and verdicts of the various benches involved in the case to reassure the gathering, of the construction of a temple at Lord Rama’s birthplace. He quashed all claims of ‘adverse possession’ over the Babri Masjid made by the Muslim community. Disregarding the current judgement of giving one-third of the disputed land for the mosque he added, “More than 90% of Ayodhya’s population is Hindu hence the Muslim community can be granted an area across the Sarayu river for another mosque; pooja and namaaz can’t happen side by side.”
While branding ‘secularism’ and ‘modernisation’ as cock-eyed concepts, he urged the audience to fight for the protection of their identity. Amidst shouts of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ Dr. Swamy concluded his talk.