Source: News Bharati English23 Feb 2015 13:15:55

Khanwa (bharatpur), Feb 23: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat on Friday was all praise for Hasan Khan Mewati who laid down his life in defence of Motherland against the invading army of Mugul chieftain Babur.

The RSS Chief was addressing a function on Friday (Feb 20) organised by Rana Sanga Smriti Samiti, Khanwa in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. The Samiti had organised this function to commemorate the memory of Rana Sanga.

Addressing the gathering Bhagwat said that the Khanwa area is famous for its valor and bravery. The first and foremost duty of any Indian was to protect the motherland from internal and external aggressions of any kind. In this context he gave the example of Hasan Khan Mewati who almost defeated Babru but at the cost of his precious life. Invoking this example Bhagwat exhorted the people to be vigilant towards our duty to Mother India.

He said that whenever we forgot our own identity and eclipsed our duty to the motherland we were defeated by the external forces. The battle of Khanwa is indicative of this tendency of Indian, he said urging to erect a magnificent memorial of Rana Sanga who resisted the invading Babur and his armies to the fullest of his might so that the posterity can draw inspiration from this memorial.

Describing the Khanwa battle as watershed in Indian history the RSS chief said that all the generals of the region had gathered to oppose tooth and nail the invading Mogul general Babur. Hasan Khan Mewati was a Muslim and so was Babur. When he invited Mewati to join hands with him as they both followed the same religion, Mewati responded in firm negative saying that they might profess same faith but he (Babur) was an invader and therefore it was “my duty to defeat you”.

Hasan Khan Mewati fought the invading army in support of Rana Sanga displaying the nature of Indianness. However, Rana Sanga was defeated in this battle but this nature of sacrifice for the motherland was visible in the later day history of Maharana Pratap, Chhatrapati Shivaji and Guru Govind Singh, Bhagwat said.

He said that all the chieftains of small principalities gathered under the leadership of Rana Sanga to fight the aggressors. They opposed Babur who dared invaded India.

We have around 6.75 lakh villages inhabited by people speaking different tongues, professing diverse faiths and following plural cultures. But our foremost duty is to defend our motherland at any cost. That is our supreme dharma, the RSS chief said adding that this was the message of Khanwa battle fought by Rana Sanga.

A postal stamp in memory of Rana Sanga was released on the occasion. President of Archaeological Protection Committee Omkar Lakhawat gave information about major historical places of Rajasthan and Rana Sanga Memorial. He underlined the need to rewrite the history of Rajasthan as till now the biased history written by Colonel Todd and Abul Fazal was being taught This history did injustice to Indian side and highlighted the achievements of the invaders, he said.

Baba Balakdas who chaired the function said that destiny decides the fate of man but RSS makes him fortunate. He lauded the Sangh for furthering the mission of seers and rishis and teaching ‘us how to lead a purposeful life’.