Bhagwat says Hinduism not ‘ancestral property’ of Indians

The key message from the function was Hinduism is a global legacy, with Bhagwat saying that it is not an “ancestral property” of Indians, but it is for everyone.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 11, 2014 2:08 am
Vice-President Hamid Ansari with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the launch of the international edition of Encyclopedia of Hinduism in New Delhi, Friday. ( Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra ) Vice-President Hamid Ansari with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the launch of the international edition of Encyclopedia of Hinduism in New Delhi, Friday. ( Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra )

Vice-President Hamid Ansari, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, HRD Minister Smriti Irani, prominent Islamic leaders and a Bollywood actor — they all came under one roof on Friday to launch the international edition of Encyclopedia of Hinduism.

The key message from the function was Hinduism is a global legacy, with Bhagwat saying that it is not an “ancestral property” of Indians, but it is for everyone.

“Religion always unites and what divides people is not religion,” he said. Interpreting the word “dharm”, the RSS chief said it has a wider meaning than “religion”.

According to Bhagwat, the Encyclopedia on Hinduism, a project of India Heritage Research Foundation, would help Hindus as well as Indians answer the questions asked about the religion to the next generation and the outside world.

Swami Chidanand Saraswati, the founder chairman of the IHRF and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, stressed that no one can stake claim on Hindu religion. “The wisdom, truths, teachings and insights of Indian and the Hindu culture are not limited to only Hindus or Indians. Rather they belong to the world and can deeply benefit the world,” he said.

Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, president All India Imams Organisation, and Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, Ajmer Darga Sharif, said Hinduism is an “assimilative” religion.

Vice-President Ansari, the chief guest at the function, spoke on the history of encyclopaedias. “Available evidence shows that the encyclopaedia ‘industry’ is now flourishing. One count puts the figure of these in the market at anything between six and ten thousand. At this rate, there may even be a need for an encyclopaedia of encyclopaedias,” Ansari said.

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  1. A
    Oct 11, 2014 at 2:55 am
    Hinduism is good till militanats oragnisations don't overpower It for their political goals .what s happening in present govt cannot be justified when people like adiyanath try to didvide the society on pretext of love jehad n sakhi maharaj togadia come in u.p n , it use all sort of filths.hinduism is known for its tolerance,for its rich culture through out the world but militancy by few oragnistions like rss or its handpicked leaders spoiling the peaceful nature of the country,had we Indians communal nature,people like salman khan,sharukh khan,amir khancan gain such pority n business.we Indians r beyond communalism n quite libera lbut we r firm too when time comes we give ing reply to aggrressors n trouble creators.
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    Sid Harth
    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm
    Positive thinking is always welcome. Not only in the case of releasing an Encyclopedia of Hinduism.Gathering, mostly ministers of BJP party, few religious leaders of minority religion, Bollywood celebrity or two, not make a religion universal. Sort of gift of god, Hindu god.No one doubts or challenges the concept of something higher than human existing, creative, all pervading power. Bhagwat, not an expert of or on any religion, including a so called 'Hindu,' religion has shown in the past on many, many and one many for the road, that his religion is the best that one can find and all other religions are bunch of religious and intellectual fancies. Meaning that in height, breadth, depth and life and death, here and there, over and under, seen and unseen, heard or not heard read or unread, it is absolutely perfect. No need to add, subtract, divide or multiply with interpretations from others than, Mr Bhagwatji, 'ekachalakanuvara' sarshanghachalak' 'janavaron ke dagtarji.'Sorry Mohanrao, I had to do it. You have been an entertaining personality, at least for me. A 'jack of all trade and master of none,' when it comes to speaking for Hindu-only India.Keep it up and I may write your biography. 'hago bhago pardesi, hinduthan hamari khangi amanat hain.' by Mohan Bhawatji with little clerical help from 'hindudveshi shid ha ha ha harthji. Available in all book stores where Comic books are sold.'garve se kaho ham hindu buddu hain.'...and I am Sid Harth.
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    Nampurath Krishna
    Oct 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm
    Welcome views!!
  4. H
    Oct 12, 2014 at 1:23 am
    there is nothing called hinduism and hindu religion; it never existed before; not now either; only dharma, which is a way of life based on four vedas; srimadbhagavatgitha is the nut s of vedas; thats it
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    Hari Pada Roychoudhury
    Oct 11, 2014 at 12:22 am
    Hinduism is evolved from the preaching of Hindu-Religion and that is said to be the SANATHAN Dharma, and all other Dharmas are originated from the Sanathan Dharma. If so is it not a subject of study that all other religions how does related and to what extent and how does all religions did there job or will do their job in the practice of harnessing a better life cycle and also harnessing a unity among mankind to do the best to humanity in this planet of Earth or if not in any other unknown planet.
  6. S
    Oct 11, 2014 at 2:16 am
    I am very happy hearing this. All faiths have to be properly understood. It is the false and selfish interpretations of Islam that has made the world look at it with a color. But essentially it is not the mullahs who are so aggravating this alone by themselves' but the so called self styled pseudo secularists who are the hypocrites -- unfortunately many of them write comments as they will not find exposed audience elsewhere to listen to their selfish views. It is the readers in the cyber world who are helpless and have to read their comments in idiocy.It is due to them , the pseudo secularists that we cannot have a uniform civil code, Satya of Microsoft is rebuked for a casual remark on women's pay rise but the same tongues never waged a war of words at foolish personal laws that allow a reprehensible male to marry four wives, divorce any one at will and not pay maintenance-- all under the legitimacy of the law of the land including this fine judiciary in India. No Supreme court is taking suo motto notice of this .No pseudo secularist is talking about it. But will talk to glory in their condemnation of the Patriotic RSS. The glorious muslims as Arif Mohd. Khan Saab and others have always voiced their disdain and discomfort of playing for votes at the cost of hardship to the sacrament of womanhood.Let us form a united movement for this and tear the ugly face of pseudo secularism.
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    K N
    Oct 11, 2014 at 4:59 am
    I hope report about what honorable VP said is not properly reported. The programme was on HINDUISM and his comments/views on HINDUISM should have been mentioned. Almost every thing in this time has become a industry -media-health-education and what not? Why to finger point publication of Encyclopedia only?
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    suresh k
    Oct 11, 2014 at 3:44 am
    Today's Hindu Religion is a mix of Vedic practice, Buddhism and even Islam and Christianity. Vedic knowledge is universal and unites but not so much today's Hindu religion. Also Hindu is a religion and Vedic practice is not. Hindu religion needs some churning. First step is to start calling it Vedic
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