RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday blamed invaders and their education for dividing the country along caste lines and for ills like untouchability and other forms of social discrimination. Addressing a massive gathering of Hindus, Maa Narmada Hindu Sangam, in this temple town, Bhagwat said a series of invasions broke the mirror that presented the country as one cohesive unit despite diversity of languages and food habits.
“We have to improve ourselves. Go to the saints. They will show us we are one. A good society does not discriminate,” he said, referring to reports about certain people being denied entry into temples or not given water. “If Hindus rise, the country will rise.
It’s possible if all become one. There are many gods and goddesses, but they are all different manifestations of one power,’’ he said while glorifying Hinduism. In the US, the worship of Hindu gods and goddesses is on the rise, he said quoting a report. He said the world was looking at India to show them the path because experiments over last 2,000 years had caused a blood bath but failed to solve problems. The US has money and China has strong army but India has got something more, he said.
In a subtle manner and without elaborating on conversion, a topic speakers before him talked openly on, Bhagwat suggested that efforts to convert Hindus should stop and indirectly backed the ‘ghar wapsi’ campaign.
Bhagwat, whose speech began before schedule, could not connect with the audience, especially women seated in the front, many of whom left midway. His speech was sedate compared to the tempo worked up by activists of Dharma Jagaran Samiti over last few days. On Tuesday morning, not far from the venue, a mobile exhibition against cow slaughter was on display with visitors being urged to take a closer look at gory images of cows being butchered.