RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Monday came under severe attack from various political parties for his remarks that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity, with Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh calling him a “Hitler in the making”.
“I thought we had one Hitler in making but it seems now we have Two. God save India… A question to Mohan Bhagwat — Is Hindutatva a Religious Identity? What is its relationship with Sanatan Dharma?” Singh asked.
He also asked the RSS chief to clarify whether a person who believes in “Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Budhism, Jainism or any other religion (is) also a Hindu.”
“Does word Hindu or Hindutatva figure in any of our Veda Upnishad Gita, Puran or any other of our Religious Scripture. RSS should stop fooling the innocent people by using religion in politics. We are proud of our Sanatan Dharm and its tolerance towards others,” he said.
Slamming Bhagwat, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “There have been ominous signs of communal terror, violence and polarisation. This also confirms that BJP and RSS speak with forked tongue and lack sincerity and conviction towards what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said from ramparts of Red Fort,” he added. Sharma said the “RSS does not have proprietary right over the Hindus or their faith which is tolerant and all embracing.” Former Union Minister Manish Tewari alleged that there were “concerted efforts” to polarise the country on religious lines.
Samajwadi Party echoed Sharma and accused the Sangh of practising politics of “hatred and separatism.”“They use such words and language to fan social tension,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.
The CPM, too, criticised Bhagwat’s remarks.
“These provocative statements are designed to impose a majoritarian Hindu concept of the nation. The RSS and its various outfits are making a plethora of such objectionable statements ever since the BJP formed the government,” the party politburo said in a statement.
Urging people to “reject such divisive statements and to uphold their unity based on their common citizenship irrespective of caste and creed”, the party said Bhagwat’s statements “militate against the secular concept of Indian citizenship”. “Hindutva is a majoritarian concept which is part of the narrow and divisive agenda of the RSS,” it said.