New Delhi: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev extended his support for the construction of Ram temple. He said on Saturday that every Hindu and Muslim knows that Ayodhya was not a birth place of Prophet Mohammad.
Taking to Twitter, Ramdev tweeted, “Shri Ram is our pride. Every Hindu and Muslim knows that Ayodhya was the birth place of Shri Ram and not of Prophet Mohammad.” Ramdev’s remark came after scores of protesters from various outfits staged demonstrations at Delhi University’s Arts Faculty against a two-day seminar on Ram Janmbhoomi temple.
The seminar, organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad-affiliate Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth (AVAP) in Delhi University, also revived a VHP demand for extending the areas now occupied by the Krishna temple in Mathura and the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi by removing mosques from these sites.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also participated in the Seminar. He cited an episode from the Ramayan to justify the demand for a temple in Ayodhya. “About 40,000 temples have been demolished in the country. We do not want all of them to come up. But there cannot be any compromise on three temples. They are the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Krishna temple in Mathura and the Kashi Vishwanath temple,” Swamy said.
“When Bali asked (Ram) whether it was morally correct to attack him from behind when he was fighting with his brother Sugriva, Ram questioned Bali’s moral authority and said you have no right to ask about my morality,” Swamy told the seminar.
According to the Ramayan, Bali had been ill-treating Sugriva, whose army later helped Ram in his fight against Ravan. “People with values and morality have the right to question others’ morality. Today, those who are protesting against us, they have no moral right to do so,” Swamy said.
Swamy said the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya was the last wish of the late VHP chief Ashok Singhal, who passed away in November.