Dusshera celebrations Highlights and Updates: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said Hindutva is under threat from those who used it to gain power. “Hindutva is under threat. It is under threat from those who have climbed the ladder of power using Hindutva. These people will now use the Britishers’ strategy to divide and rule. They will create differences in society. We need to be guarded against their nefarious motives,” Thackeray cautioned while speaking at Shiv Sena’s annual Dussehra rally, where he also sounded the poll bugle for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other local bodies’ elections.
He remarked that Maharashtra is being targeted by the BJP government at the Centre since Shiv Sena has broken ties with them. Referring to the state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh, he said, “Maharashtra is being looked at through a different lens. While we are being targeted, why are places like Uttar Pradesh, where rapes happen, not criticised as well?… if they call the Mumbai Police ‘mafia’, then what will you term the UP Police?”
He also said there is a need to have an honest discussion on federalism and rights of states in country. “Dr Ambedkar had said that like the Centre, states too will have sovereign rights. He had stated that if the Centre meddles in the affairs of the state, it would be in violation of the constitution,” Thackeray added.
From revisiting India’s population policy and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, to the lack of control over OTT content and the rising use of narcotics — RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat touched upon a range of issues in his Vijayadashami address on Friday.
Addressing a group of Swayamsevaks in Nagpur, Bhagat highlighted the need for a culture that “binds the nation together and promotes love”. He said that only “Sanatan Hindu culture” can save the world from radicalism, terrorism and intolerance, “with its ability to accept all”. The RSS chief was performing a ‘shastra puja’ on the occasion of Dussehra in Nagpur, Maharashtra.