With Ayodhya done, VHP now looking to restore India’s Ramahood

With the construction of temple in Ayodhya’s Janmabhoomi site now under process with the completion of Wednesday’s Bhoomi Pujan ceremony, Vishwa Hindu Parishad is looking to take Lord Rama’s ideals and teachings to the people. The Hindutva organization feels that now is the time when “Ramatva (Ramahood) can be restored in Bharat.”

Extending his greetings for the ground breaking ceremony held at Ayodhya on Wednesday, Alok Kumar, the working President of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in a statement said, “now we have to move towards the establishment of Ramatva (Ramahood) on earth and eradicate poverty, malaise, inequality, illiteracy and unemployment from the country.”

The VHP leader in his statement emphasised on how special the day was as a culmination of a five century long struggle. “After almost five centuries of continuous struggle, countless sacrifices and seven decades of legal battle, we are all feeling emotional and fortunate today by seeing it with our own eyes. All of this has been possible due to the painstaking efforts of the millions of Ram devotees from all over the world, Bhagavat Krupa and the guidance / blessings of the Sant Fraternity & the leading figures of Hindu society,” he said.

“Now we have to bring the ideals and teachings of Bhagwan Sri Ram to the people, so that Ramatva (Ramahood) can be restored in Bharat,” he further added.

Speaking on the success of the movement of which Vishwa Hindu Parishad had been an integral part, Alok Kumar said that Diwali is being celebrated across the world. He said that now every visitor to the temple, all the devotees of Lord Rama spread across the world would work to take his darshan (ideals/values) to the people.

In a historic event on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted ground breaking ceremony at Ayodhya’s holy birthplace and also laid the foundation stone, marking the beginning of the construction of a much desired grand temple.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad, along with the RSS and the BJP was one of the main players behind the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Ashok Singhal, the then President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad is considered as one of the key figures for turning the hitherto Ayodhya based local protests into a pan-India movement which eventually resulted into the mainstreaming of Hindutva ideology in post colonial India’s political discourse.