Claiming that India is a land only for the Hindus, Bhagwat claimed that “tortured” from different parts of the world come to India seeking shelter.
In yet another controversial statement on religion, Rasthriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday claimed that anyone living in India is a Hindu.
Speaking at a public function at Swami Vivekananda Maidan in Tripura, the senior right-wing leader stated that Hindutva is different from Hinduism and the meaning of Hindutva is to unite all communities.
The RSS Sarsanghchalak – who is in Tripura on a five-day tour to review the organizational work of the Sangh in the north-eastern region – said, “The Muslims in India are also Hindus. We have no enmity with anyone. We want welfare of all. To unite all is the meaning of Hindutva.”
Strongly stating that the county is a land only for the Hindus, Bhagwat claimed that “tortured” Hindus from different parts of the world come to India seeking shelter.
“Hindus believe in truth, but the world respects strength. There is strength in organisation. Being organised is the natural law,” he said.
Further mentioning that the spirit of Hindutva and the “Hindu Samaj” had been weakened during the 1947 partition – Bhagwat said, “India was united for so long. There was unity among the Hindus. A perturbed and confused world is looking at India for a new world order that can accommodate the materialist as well as the idealist.”
The RSS chief’s visit to Tripura came ahead of the polls in the state – scheduled to be held next year. While the Left Front presently rules in Tripura, the BJP is trying to make a serious mark in the north-eastern states of the country too. Till now, among the north eastern states, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have saffron party governments.
To escalate the right-wing wave in Tripura, Bhagwat called upon the Hindus to get organised and trained at the RSS “shakhas” – claiming that the daily meetings of the Sangh are the only places for the Hindus to learn nation-building and self-development.