Nagpur, Oct 8: Coming down heavily on the elements using incidents like ‘lynching’ to tarnish the image of the nation, the Hindu society and the RSS, Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat on Tuesday called for ‘constant alertness’ to defeat such forces.
Delivering his annual Vijayadashami address to the thousands of Swayamsevaks in Uniform and a massive gathering of supporters at the historical Reshambag Ground here on the occasion of 94th Foundation Day of RSS Dr Bhagwat spoke at length on the threat from within the society. “The agents that cause many a trouble reside in the body,” he said.
Founder Chairman of HCL Technologies Ltd Shiv Nadar was the Chief Guest of this function. Vidarbha Prant Sanghchalak Sri Ram Harkare, Sah-Sanghchalak Shridhar Gadge and Nagpur Mahanagar Sanghchalak Rajesh Loya shared the dais on this occasion. Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Gen VK Singh (retd) and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were among the others present at the event. Earlier, Dr Bhagwat performed the ‘Shastrapujan’ on this occasion.
Bhagwat further said that there has been a transformation in the direction of the thought process of Bharat and “a developed Bharat creates fear in the minds of vested interests”. Such forces do not want Bharat to be strong and vibrant. Unfortunately, the prevailing state of social unity, equality and harmony in the country is not up to the desired level and these forces inimical to Bharat are seen taking advantage of this situation, he explained.
Diversities of caste, creed, language and region are being used to separate one from another; widening the fault lines already existing in the society; imposing fabricated identities on manufactured separations thereby creating diverse and conflicting streams in the national mainstream, the RSS Chief said calling for constant alertness to thwart all such attempts.
Taking strong exception on using imported terms like ‘lynching’ or mob violence to malign the Hindu society Dr Bhagwat explained how the “incidents of one community attacking other are deliberately fabricated and published with distortions”. “These tendencies of violence have somehow or the other crossed the limits of the law and order and wreaked havoc by eroding the mutual relations in the society”, he said clearly stating that “neither this tendency is the tradition of our country nor does it fit in the spirit of the Constitution”.
While denouncing such violence, the RSS Sarsanghchalak firmly said, “The Sangh has never supported the people who were involved in such incidents and it stands against each and every such incident. By branding such incidents by the words like ‘Lynching”, denoting the traditions which were alien to Bharat and belong elsewhere, efforts are underway to defame our country and entire Hindu society and create fear among the so-called minority communities”.
Calling for creating goodwill among the various sections of the society, Dr Bhagwat appealed to the different sections of the society to strive to increase goodwill, dialogues and cooperation. In the present context it is “absolutely important” to work for the goodwill, harmony and cooperation among all sections of the society and “follow the discipline” by keeping ourselves within the “limits of Constitution”, he said adding that the Sangh swayamsevaks have been taking efforts to enhance this type of dialogues and cooperation.
During the course of his hour-long address Dr Bhagwat touched a variety of issues like 2019 election and positive voting by the electorate in endorsement of the government’s policies; abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, developing Swadeshi consciousness as envisaged by the late Dattopant Thengdi; formulating ‘our own’ economic vision commensurate with our requirements, profile and condition of our people and our resources and potential to realize our national aspirations; introducing a relevant, logical, truthful, dutiful education system that gives comprehensive knowledge and pride about our language (Swa Bhasha), our attire (Swa Bhoosha) and our culture (Swa Sanskriti); restoring respect to women; strengthening family system to built character and end financial and character corruption; and save environment.
The RSS Chief also lashed at forces maligning the RSS projecting it as ‘anti-Muslims or anti-Christians ignoring the organization’s efforts to create unity, goodwill, good conduct and good behaviour and a clear vision and devotion towards the nation. Instead, attempts are made to create distrust, fear and hostility among sections who have not yet come in contact with RSS. The4 Sangh is organizing the Hindu society but that does not mean that it is against any other religious groups or communities, he explained. “There is an orchestrated effort to malign the Hindu society and Hindutva through a number of baseless and slanderous allegations, he alleged stating that behind such nefarious designs there is a thought process, which is relentlessly working to keep our society divided and make use of it for its self-interests.
Explaining the concept of Hindu Rashtra, Dr Bhagwat without mincing the words said, “Bharat is Hindustan, Hindu Rashtra. In view of the Sangh, the word Hindu is not confined to just those who call them Hindus. Those who belong to Bharat, those of who are descendants of Bharatiya ancestors, those who are working for the ultimate glory of the nation and joining hands in enhancing peace by mingling with each other and accepting, respecting and welcoming diversities; all such Bharatiyas are Hindus irrespective of their mode of worship, language, food habits, lifestyle and native place.
He also cleared the confusion deliberately woven around the word Hindu by confining it to the framework of religion stating that such an effort has been distracting our intellect right from the time of the British. Those who use words like Bharatiya, Indic etc. are also included in the wider canvass of Hindu and are acceptable for the Sangh, he said.
Earlier, Swayamsevaks performed the various physical drill, band performance, yogasanas, dand vyayamyoga, and niyuddha.