New Delhi, Sept 22: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday met with many Muslim intellectuals including Chief Imam, Dr Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi. After meeting the RSS chief, Umer Ahmed Ilyasi termed him "Rashtra Pita", adding, "We all believe nation comes first".
Reports suggest that issues like the Hijab controversy, Gyanvapi and maintenance of peace and harmony among religions were discussed in the meeting. According to PTI, Ilyasi said, "RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat visited madrassa on my invitation, interacted with children there".
Other than Bhagwat, senior RSS members including Dr Krishna Gopal, Indresh Kumar, Ramlal and Karish Kumar also participated in today's meeting.
Sunil Ambekar, the Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh of RSS told ANI that the meeting was a part of the 'Samvad' process. "RSS Sarsanghachalak meets people from all walks of life. It's the part of a continuous general "Samvad" process," Ambekar said.
Earlier on Tuesday, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat met with many Muslim intellectuals and discussed recent controversies and ways to strengthen religious inclusivity in the country. The meeting was attended by many intellectuals like former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S Y Qureshi, former Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung, former Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Lieutenant General Zameer Uddin Shah, former MP Shahid Siddiqui and businessman Saeed Shervani.