Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said on 25 October listed various “noteworthy incidents” that took place in the last one year.
“In 2019, Article 370 became ineffective, then the Supreme Court gave Ayodhya verdict on 9 November. Entire nation accepted the verdict. On 5 August, 2020, the groundbreaking ceremony of Ram temple was held. We witnessed patience and sensibility of Indians during these events,” Bhagwat said during his annual Dussehra address at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
Due to the coronavirus disease pandemic, only 50 volunteers were allowed inside the Maharshi Vyas auditorium.
Bhagwat said that the country saw many developments this year, but COVID-19 overshadowed everything.
“We witnessed anti-CAA protests which created tension in the country. Before it could be discussed further, the focus shifted on corona this year. Corona overshadowed all other topics,” the RSS chief said.
He said that using CAA, opportunists unleashed organised violence in the name of protests.
“CAA does not oppose any particular religious community. But those who wanted to oppose this new law misled our Muslim brothers by propagating a false notion that it was aimed at restricting the Muslim population. Using CAA, opportunists unleashed organised violence in the name of protests,” said Bhagwat.
“Before it could be discussed further, the focus shifted on coronavirus this year. So, communal flare in minds of few people stayed in their minds only. In the background, the efforts by rioters and opportunists to reignite the conflict still continue,” media quoted him as saying.
Bhagwat performed Shastra Puja, the Hindu tradition in which arms are worshipped annually during Dussehra.
RSS marks Vijay Dashmi as one of its biggest events when the Sangh chief addresses the workers on a number of issues concerning politics, society, national security and family values.
Bhagwat: World knows its expansionist nature
In his annual address, Bhagwat said that the world knows China’s expansionist nature.
“China encroached on our borders amid the coronavirus pandemic. The world knows the expansionist nature of that country,” news agency quoted Bhagwat as saying.
He said that Indian forces, government and the people remained unfazed and responded sharply to China’s boisterous efforts to invade the country’s territories.
“The message sent by our leaders with a sense of self-respect and the indomitable ethical-patience of our citizens must compel China to reform its attitude but if push comes to shove we will not fall short of alertness, firmness and readiness,” he added.
Bhagwat further asserted that that securing cooperative ties with our neighbours and at international relations is the only way to neutralise the expansionist aspirations of China.
“We should speed up our pace in making our relations more friendly with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, our neighbours, who are also our friends and countries of similar nature to a large extent”
India and China are engaged in a standoff since April-May this year.
The RSS chief spoke about the Citizenship Amendment Act. “Citizenship (Amendment) Act not against any religious community, but some people misled our Muslim brothers claiming it was aimed at restricting their population,” he said.
The country is celebrating Dusshera, known as Vijaydashmi, on 25 October. During the celebration, people burn effigies of Ravan to mark the win of Good over evil.
However this year the celebrations have been low-key due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed to curb the spread.