RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says all Hindustanis are Hindus, triggers controversy

Bhagwat asked if inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:August 11, 2014 7:44 pm
Some giving credit to party, others to some individuals, says Mohan Bhagwat. (Source: Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana) Bhagwat asked if inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus. (Source: Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday received flak from non-BJP parties for his suggestion that all Hindustanis are Hindus with many leaders wondering if he has read the Constitution and really believes in it.

Congress leader Manish Tewari said Bhagwat would be well-advised to read the Constitution which very specifically states that India is Bharat, a union of state, and the word “Hindustan” is nowhere mentioned.

Sitaram Yechury of CPI(M) said Bhagwat should make it clear if he believes in Constitution.

“He should make it clear if he believes in it. In our Constitution, the country is Bharat not Hindustan,” he told reporters.

JD(U) President Sharad Yadav said India has come so far since Independence by keeping its faith in the Constitution and its future lies in following the same course.

BSP Chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati while slamming Bhagwat said he does not have “proper knowledge” of the Constitution.

“When Ambedkar ji (Bhimrao Ambedkar) wrote the Constitution he kept in mind that our country comprises various religions and people follow them. So the name Bharat was given, the word Hindustan was not used. The RSS chief does not have proper knowledge of the Constitution. He should learn that and then comment,” she said.

Father Savrimuthu of Archdiocese of Delhi expressed concern over Bhagwat’s comments, saying India is a pluralistic country but the RSS head has tried to put everybody under one umbrella.

“Our nation is great and known for unity and diversity… Now you (RSS) are trying to make one nation, one religion, one culture, trying to put everybody under one umbrella which is not right,” he said.

Seeking to downplay the row over Bhagwat’s comments, BJP leader Vinay katiyar said, “what he(Bhagwat)mneant by ‘Hindu’ was ‘Hindustani’. He never spoke about interfering in religious practices of people.”

Bhagwat on Sunday asked if inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans and USA are Americans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus.

“The cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture,” Bhagwat said while speaking at the ‘Golden Jubilee’ function of an Odia weekly in Bhubaneswar.

The RSS chief further went on to say that Hindutva is a way of life and Hindus could be of any religion worshiping any God or not worshiping at all.

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    alok
    Aug 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    Travel into China n dont b surprised all Indians are known as Hindus!
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      Ajay SK
      Aug 12, 2014 at 12:49 am
      How about All people of India being called as Indians? I am not sure what Bhagwat is trying to prove or convey.
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        allan Shringi
        Aug 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm
        Hindustan times, Hindustan petroleum, Hindustan motors, Muslim invaders Akbar, aurangzeeb, they all called us hides tan, 99.9% Of stan potion call us Hindustan, SAUDI Muslims call us hindustani, go to Afghanistan they call us Hindustan, even I went to Iraq and they know us by hindustan all Indian Muslims knows it is Hindustan so WHY IT IS A BIG DEAL WHEN BHAGAT SAYS HINDUSTAN? CONGRESS AND their chamchas will create problem for nothing, sorry forgot MRS. Indira HI USE TO JAI HINd JAI HIND JAI HIND after her speech so shut up
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          allan Shringi
          Aug 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm
          what is this Hindi Marathi, Punjabi language issues here, it is Hindusthan stan openly says who doesn't like stan MUST get out of stan same should apply for Hindusthan. Only Congress and their B team (double AA party) are having the problems
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            allan Shringi
            Aug 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm
            who cares you live 10 yr. or 50 yr. in Arab your knowledge is still not maturated, I read write Arabic there is no word call India is Hindi, but let me educate you that there is word in Arabic is call Hind,Khadija bint Khuwaylid married 3 times, from her 1st husband she had two son there name was Hala and Hind and Hind in Arabic means Golden Deer, so please don't show your little knowledge to the experts, now ask me your stupid question that who is Khadija?
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              arvind
              Dec 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm
              I want know how many muslim girls,wemen, wer raped by muslim boy,men. ? In India, Indian states, districts, and on earth.? Let me inform pls.
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                birendrakumar
                Aug 12, 2014 at 7:32 am
                People residing in America are called American those stan are called stani similarly People staying in Hindustan must be called Hindu/Hindustani and I agree with Mr. Bhagwat
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                  Bbb
                  Oct 11, 2014 at 2:55 am
                  If India is not for hindus why was stan created? For congress chors and converted hindus to spread their hatred against Hindus freely?
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                    Zen Bhatia
                    Aug 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm
                    RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat is in a hurry to impose HINDUISM on 1.2 billion Indians, when NAMO is taking slow march towards Hinduism taking several political and social measures changing education system, books, curriculum, pouring crores of rupees to develop and modernize exclusively Hindu tirathdhams all over India. If Mr. Bhagwat has no communal motive, what is wrong in calling all citizen of India, Indians or Bhartis!!!! Hindustan was divided in to several pieces century ago, and buried along with the British Raj.
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                      Dushyant Pradhan
                      Aug 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm
                      Totally agree!!...An all "inclusive" preamble to the consution of India would be as follows:We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to consute India into a sovereign Hindu republic, do hereby adopt enact and give to ourselves this consution.This eliminates all the verbosity & banalities as well as envisages everything from justice, equality, fraternity to even the health, education, agriculture policies.
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                        IndiannotAmused
                        Aug 12, 2014 at 3:28 am
                        same in the arab countries......they refer to all of us as hindus......its only our homegrown "sickularists" who posit otherwise......
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                          fayez
                          Aug 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm
                          It's probably more accurate to call people living in India as Indians or Hindustani, as the word Hindu is ociated more with the followers of Hinduism.
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                            Karthik S
                            Aug 12, 2014 at 9:55 am
                            Please explain "Jai Hind".. " Hindi hai hum , weatan hai" part in "Saare Jahan se achcha, penned by Iqbal..
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                              Ketan Palshikar
                              Aug 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm
                              Maybe to some there isn't anything controversial about it. But there are others who feel proud because Muslims, Christians, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains can claim India as their home. They take pride in the fact that in spite of having vast numerous majority of Hindus, India never tempted to go Israel's route. And it's news papers like The Indian Express who keep bringing such important issues up rather than being subservient to the new political leadership and fall prey to self-inflicted censorship.
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                                mc
                                Aug 12, 2014 at 1:00 am
                                No, false. Many Hindus are Nepali too.
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                                  makhan lal
                                  Aug 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm
                                  There is absolute logic in the statement made by RSS chief.
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                                    ModiBhaktNo.1
                                    Aug 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm
                                    off dude
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                                      R K
                                      Aug 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm
                                      100% true all Hindus r Hindustani-
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                                        pradyumna
                                        Aug 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm
                                        Nothing controversial about it. Hindustan is of Hindus. I sincerely request The Indian Express to stop this gossip style of reporting like TOI. You are doing no good to the soul of great Mr. Ramnath Goenka. Look at your sister publication The New Indian Express, it's more stimulating and is getting better day by day. Its circulation is also rising.
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                                          Your father
                                          Aug 12, 2014 at 8:39 am
                                          He is not suggesting anything to you. Just voicing his opinion. Don't have to be a champion of plurality and multiculturalism shouting from the rooftop. Everybody knows what our country really is- a loose amalgamation of people with different loyalties.
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                                            Raman
                                            Aug 12, 2014 at 1:29 am
                                            Hindustan is not a Hindi word
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