Mumbai, Apr 16: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the ‘outsiders’ demolished Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and not the Indian Muslims, asserting that it will be built where it originally stood. Bhagwat made these remarks while speaking at a Viraat Hindu Sammelan at Dahanu in adjoining Palghar district of Maharashtra. The RSS chief said the ‘root of our culture’ will be severed if the Ram temple in Ayodhya is not rebuilt.

“The Muslim community in India did not destroy the Ram Mandir. Indian nationals can’t do such a thing,” Mohan Bhagwat said. “The temple in Ayodhya was demolished by those outside India. It is our responsibility to restore what was demolished within the country. The temple should be built where it actually was,” he added. The RSS chief also hit out at religious groups who attempt to convert Hindus.

“When you are saying that all religions have a common teaching, then why ask people to change the religion? I would tell Hindus to be prepared for a confrontation when it comes to religion. Hindus need to remain alert when people start a sweet talk,” Bhagwat reportedly said. He further urged Hindus to spend one-third of their time to work for the country. The RSS chief blamed the opposition parties for the recent caste violence in several parts of the country.

“Those whose shops have been shut (those who lost out in elections) are now inciting people to fight on issues of caste,” Bhagwat said. Saints including Swami Sacchidanand Maharaj, Baalyogi Sadanand Baba Maharaj, VHP vishwa-samanyay or international coordination in-charge Ashok Choughule, VHP Vishwa Samnvay organizing secretary Prashant Hartalkar and all India Satsang Pramukh of VHP Dada Vedak attended the event.