Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) sarsanghchalak (chief) Mohan Bhagwat has issued a statement on media-reported incidents of mob lynching happening in the country, saying ‘mob lynching’ is a Western idea and should not be used in the context of India to discredit the country. Bhagwat said this while addressing swayamsevaks after shastra puja at the Reshimbagh ground here on the occasion of Vijayadashami.
Bhagwat said that the term ‘lynching’ did not originate from Indian ethos and that such a term should not be imposed on Indians. The Sangh chief said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Shah should be commended for removing most of the provisions of Article 370 that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “It was a bold move,” he said.
The sarsanghchalak said that in the last few years, there has been a change in the direction of India’s thinking, which vested interests both inside and outside the country are disturbed about, as these powers did not want India to become strong and powerful.
On the issue of security of the country, the Sangh chief said that, fortunately, the state of security of the country, the readiness of our Army, the security policy of the government and the high level of our skill in diplomacy has created an aware and confident India.
Bhagwat said that security vigilance on our land borders and water boundaries was better than before. Only the number of personnel who guard the land and water boundaries will have to be increased, he said. There has also been a decrease in terrorist activities in the country, the sarsanghchalak said. The count of surrenders by terrorists has increased, too, he added.
Bhagwat said that different sections of society should strive to enhance goodwill, dialogue and cooperation among themselves. The harmony and cooperation of all sections of society and their expression by means of votes and other methods allowed by the Constitution are absolutely necessary in today’s situation, he said.
The festival of Dussehra means a lot to the Sangh, as the organisation was established on this day in 1925. HCL founder Shiv Nadar was the chief guest at today’s annual function while Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, General (Retd) VK Singh and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were present at the function.
Earlier, the RSS chief had addressed ht issue of the National Citizen Register (NRC) in Assam in an effort to allay people’s concerns, saying that not one Hindu would have to leave the country. Bhagwat reportedly made this remark during the coordination meeting behind closed doors of the Sangh and its associated organisations.
After the coordination meeting, a Sangh official said, “Mohan Bhagwat ji clearly said that not a single Hindu will have to leave the country. He had said that Hindus who came to India after suffering persecution in other nations will remain here.” More than 19 lakh applicants, a majority of them Hindus, were excluded from the final list of the much-awaited NRC in Assam released on 31 August.