Indore meet: Cordial relations with Pak necessary despite continuing attacks, says RSS

“It is our duty to be cordial with people. That’s the dharma of Bharat,” Hosabale said about Modi’s stopover at Lahore.

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | Indore | Updated: January 3, 2016 2:35 am
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On the day of the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab, so close on the heels of the Centre’s recent friendly overtures towards Pakistan, the RSS underlined the need for having “cordial relations” with Pakistan and also supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Lahore.

The RSS followed the line it had taken after the coordination meeting with the BJP in September when it had advised the Narendra Modi-led government to normalise ties with Islamabad as it was once “a part of our (India’s) body” with shared historical and cultural links.

Addressing a press meet during Vishwa Sangha Shibir in Indore Saturday, RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale stressed the need of establishing the Indian philosophy of ‘sahjivika’ (mutual coexistence) with Pakistan despite the continuing attacks. “This world is a kutumb. (Mutual coexistence) is necessary, necessary for all (countries). They will have to learn it,” he said.

About questions being raised on why PM Modi had a meal at Nawaz Sharif’s home during his recent Lahore visit, he added: “Karna bhi chahiye. We don’t oppose it. Kyon nahi karna chahiye? (Why shouldn’t he have had lunch?)” He contended that “their proposition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” was realised when Modi had a “meal with Sharif”.

“It is our duty to be cordial with people. That’s the dharma of Bharat,” Hosabale added about Modi’s stopover at Lahore.

The senior RSS leader added that “it is the task of the Indian government to decide the nature of diplomatic relations. We want cordial relations”.

If the September advice had come barely a fortnight after the BJP government had called off talks with Pakistan, Saturday’s advocacy was hours after the terrorist attack at Pathankot. If September’s statements indicated a dramatic shift in the RSS’ earlier hardline stance towards Pakistan, the latest comments confirmed the Sangh’s softened diplomatic approach for India’s western neighbour.

Significantly, in September, it was Hosabale who had invoked the metaphor of estranged brothers of Kauravas and Pandavas, and had urged the government to normalise relations with Pakistan.

“I said in September that Kauravas and Pandavas were two brothers in a family. But they could also be enemies. But to establish dharma, all means are to be adopted. Atalji went to Lahore in a bus and also fought the Kargil War,” he said.

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    Gary Singh
    Jan 3, 2016 at 1:23 am
    Shame Shame Shame. This is the security of air force base. What can u expect from this totally shameless BJP regime. MODI says one thing before election, another thing after election and change his policy every month. HE has no clue how to deal with stan. All he can think is making headline everyday to satisfy his bloated ego. You see to attack a hotel, church or a train station is one thing but to get attacked on Parliament and Air Force Base is mind boggling. If Modi has any self respect he should apologize to the country. You remember during elections he used to proclaim that if you elect me you will not only be electing a Prime Minister but a prime Chowkidar. What was this stupid chowkidar doing when the terrorists were roaming around for 24 hrs before attacking the air force base. After such a ber should the country still keep this chowkidar??????
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      L Sundar
      Jan 3, 2016 at 4:52 am
      You can meet political Establishment in stan , have biryani ,and have talks but attacks will continue . ISI/ Military / terroup groups on one hand and political govt on the other are two mutually exclusive enies on stan. We need to take strong steps to preempt terror acts .
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        madan gupta
        Jan 3, 2016 at 3:31 am
        यह आरएसएस देश का नाश कर रही है. राम माधव ने कश्मीर में आतंक को बढ़ावा दिया उसका नतीजा हमने पठानकोट में देख लिया. यदि कश्मीर में isis और पाकिस्तान झंडे वालों को मारी होती तो आज पठानकोट पर हा ना होता.
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          madan gupta
          Jan 4, 2016 at 12:27 am
          लालू जी यह फैसला करो की बीजेपी की हकुमत है या आरएसएस की.
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            rajan luthra
            Jan 4, 2016 at 3:17 am
            WHAT A CHANGE OF HEART? The same people who spewed venom against stan earlier, are changing colours like a chameleon. Where is their nationalism now? Have they realised that it is economics and not jingoism which determines a nation's policies? Why BJP doesn't send RSS to stan just as they intended to send every member of opposition during election rallies? There is no denying that peace with neighbours is the only way forward but BJP or RSS have no ideology except hypocrisy
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