Underlining that “words like lynching” are “alien to Bharat and belong elsewhere”, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat Tuesday warned of a “conspiracy” and said “efforts are underway to defame our country and the entire Hindu society and create fear among the so-called minority communities”.
In his annual Vijayadashami address at the Sangh headquarters in Nagpur — it was attended among others by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Minister of State V K Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and HCL founder Shiv Nadar — Bhagwat said: “The so-called leaders who, in the name of advocating the interests of a specific community, create a clash between two communities of our society, and have made an industry of their pursuit for self-aggrandisement, should not be patronised.”
“Nowadays, there are reports that members of a community have been attacked by another community, making them victims of social violence. Such incidents have not been one-sided.”
“There are reports of incidents happening from both sides and allegations and counter-allegations. It has also come to light that some incidents have been deliberately fabricated while some others have been published in a distorted manner.”
To make the point that “words like lynching” are not Indian, he referred to a story from the Bible in which a mob attacking a woman was questioned by Jesus if there was one among them who hadn’t sinned in life.
“However, it must be accepted that these tendencies of violence have somehow or the other crossed the limits of law and order and wreaked havoc by eroding mutual relations in society. Neither this tendency is the tradition of our country nor does it fit in the spirit of the Constitution. Howsoever deep the difference of opinion may be, howsoever provocative an action might have been, we should still remain within the limits of the Constitution, handing over such cases to police and reposing faith in the judicial system of the country.”
He said the Sangh has never supported people involved in such incidents and Swayamsevaks are working to ensure that such incidents do not take place. Adequate laws, he said, exist in the country to deal with such incidents. They must be honestly and strictly implemented, and “different sections of the society should strive to increase goodwill, dialogue and cooperation among themselves”.
Praising the government’s J&K move, Bhagwat said: “Removal of Article 370 was already in the thought of the ruling party. But this time, by skilfully garnering the support of other parties in both Houses, with strong logic and plea in consonance with public sentiment, the work was accomplished, for which members of the ruling party, including the Prime Minister and Home Minister, and other political parties that upheld the public sentiment in Parliament deserve congratulations.”
“This effort will come to fruition only when justice denied under the influence of Article 370 is restored, injustices occurred are brought to an end. It will happen when our Kashmiri Pandits who were unjustly driven away are brought back and rehabilitated and allowed to remain secure, fearless, patriotic and Hindu. Many rights of the residents of Kashmir which were denied to them so far will be restored, and false fears instilled in the minds of brothers of the Valley that there is a threat to their property and jobs due to the nullification of Article 370 will be removed… having done away with those fears, they will be able to perform their duties towards the country’s development,” he said.
He also praised the Chandrayaan mission: “Bharat has earned kudos from the world for showing the courage to land on the Moon’s South Pole, where no nation has ever tried to land… Although the mission did not attain full success as expected, achieving so much in the first attempt itself is a feat not accomplished so far by the entire world… the world’s admiration for our country’s intellectual genius and scientific prowess and commitment to realise goals through hard work has increased.”
On the security situation in the country, the RSS chief, referring to the “capability of our country, preparedness of our armed forces, security policy of our government and the situation of our expertise in international politics”, said “we remain alert and confident” but “the number of guards and checkposts on land borders, and surveillance along the maritime border, especially on islands, have to be increased”. Noting that “terrorist violence has declined in the country” and “the number of terrorists surrendering is also on the rise”, he said: “Still, for a human being, there is always a fear of a possible crisis from within as well. The agents that cause many a trouble reside in the body. If the body’s immunity comes down their impact becomes visible.”
On the economy, Bhagwat said: “Slowing down of the world economy has had its impact everywhere. Many countries including Bharat have to suffer the result of the ongoing global trade war between the US and China. The government has taken many initiatives to tide over the situation in the last one-and-half months… We will definitely come out of this cycle of so-called recession.”
“To strengthen the economy, the government is compelled to take steps such as allowing Foreign Direct Investment and disinvestment of industries. However, while implementing many government schemes and welfare policies at the lower level, more alacrity and efficiency and avoiding unnecessary stringency can set many matters right.”
“The RSS believes in swadeshi. But it doesn’t mean divorcing the world. Our swadeshi also believes in integrating with the world, but on our own terms. We must be self-dependent and then integrate with the global economy. That’s swadeshi. That’s why we will have to move to the industries that will make us economically self-dependent.”
He called for an education system that will increase self-respect. “Who will respect those who don’t have self-respect,” he asked. “The real education system is one that teaches us to honour our own language, own culture and own tradition, one that promotes excellence. The new education system has come but only structural changes won’t do. We have to usher in changes that will lead to realisation about one’s own self… We feel the need for a radical transformation from curriculum to teachers’ training.”
Earlier, in his speech, HCL founder Shiv Nadar emphasised that improving standards of education and increasing literacy are key to nation-building.