The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has targeted the Narendra Modi government over two crucial issues – the delay in construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and the continuing incidents of death of Indian soldiers at the border.
In an apparent annoyance over the delay in Ram temple construction, senior RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi on Thursday sarcastically remarked that the Ram temple will now be constructed in 2025.
On the same day, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat lamented that though there was no war going on, soldiers were still dying on the country's borders.
Speaking at an event in Nagpur, the RSS chief said that it was happening because "we are not doing our job properly"
Bhagwat said it was time to sacrifice life for the country before India gained freedom. After Independence, one had to do it on the borders when there was a war, the RSS chief said.
"(But) in our country there is no war (at the moment), still people (soldiers) are getting martyred....because we are not doing our job properly," he said.
"Otherwise, if there is no war then there is no reason why a soldier should die on the border. But it is happening," he said, adding that steps must be taken as a society to stop this and "make the country great".
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He said people have to strive all the time to make one's country great.
"Everybody has to strive...this is not something for which we can give contract to somebody. (We rest easy thinking) the government will do it, police will do it, the Army will do it, but it's not like that, the entire society has to make efforts," Bhagwat said.
"The policies in the country affect everybody. I do not make the policy nor you, but we all have to bear its impact. Inflation increased, I did not increase it nor you, but we all have to suffer. Unemployment increased, I did not increase it nor you, but we all have to suffer, that is why we will have to learn to live for our country," he said.
(With agency inputs)