Noted seer Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya Maharaj of Tapasvi Chavani has demanded that India be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ by October the day of MK Gandhi’s birth anniversary. The revered seer has threatened that he will take a “jal samadhi” (commit suicide by drowning deliberately) if his demands are not met.
“I demand that India should be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ by 2 October or else I’ll take jal samadhi in river Sarayu,” Jagadguru said in Ayodhya, according to ANI.
The influential saint demanded the Narendra Modi government to terminate the nationality of Muslims and Christians living in India.
Jagadguru has earlier undertaken a 15-day long fast ‘unto death’ over the issue. The seer broke his fast only after getting assurance from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The saint community of Ayodhya has said that it will hold a ‘Hindu Sanatan Dharma Sansad’ in support of the demands made by the seer.
Jagadguru had once challenged Dwarka Sharada Peeth Pramukh Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand over the muhurt of Ram Mandir bhumi pujan in Ayodhya. He even slammed Swaroopanand by terming him as the ‘sycophant’ of Congress.
The controversial remarks from the seer have come at a time when all top political parties have begun preparing for the crucial assembly elections to be scheduled to be held in Uttar Pradesh in 2022.
It may be noted that several other influential seers have in past made similar demands.
Earlier, when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Samajwadi Party had raised questions on the land purchased by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya, the seers had rejected the allegations against the trust and threatened to file a Rs 1000 crore defamation suit against both parties.
Mohan Bhagwat has repeatedly asserted that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) stands for a ‘Hindu’ nation wherein all 130 billion Indians were Hindus as they had common ancestors. According to him and his organisation, “Hindu” is not a religious identity, raising the obvious question of what problem the RSS had with conversions if every Indian were to be a Hindu.
While attending an event organised by the Pune-based Global Strategic Policy Foundation on 6 September, Bhagwat had stressed that Islam came to India with invaders but Muslims had nothing to fear in the country.
“Islam came to India with invaders. This is history and should be told in that manner. Sane Muslim leaders should oppose unnecessary issues and stand firmly against fundamentalists and hardliners. The more we do this at the earliest, the less damage it will cause to our society,” the RSS chief said.
While giving his Vijaya Dashami speech in 2020, the RSS chief had said that Hindutva was ‘applicable’ to 1.3 billion people.
“Hindutva is a word expressing our identity along with the continuity of spirituality-based traditions and an entire wealth of value system in the land of Bharat. Therefore, this word is applicable to all the 1.3 billion people,” Bhagwat had said.
“When the Sangh says Hindustan is a Hindu Rashtra, it does not have any political or power-centred concept in its mind. Hindutva is the essence of this nation’s ‘swa’ (self). We are plainly acknowledging the selfhood of the country as Hindu,” the RSS chief said.