RSS CHIEF SAYS SOLUTION FOR HINDU-MUSLIM CONFLICT IS DIALOGUE NOT DISCORD
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was at an event organized by the Muslim Rashtria Manch, the Muslim wing of the RSS, where he asked the Muslim community not to fear that Islam was in danger in India and added that anyone who engages in lynching were not Hindu. By citing examples of people who made valiant efforts to address the conflicts between the two communities, he stated that Muslims need to break the cycle of fear that they are not allowed to practice and propagate Islam in India. And that the country provides constitutional protection to safeguard just that.
Furthermore, Hindus and Muslims are all the same since it has been proven that Indians are the decedents of the same ancestors and that people of India share the same DNA. “Motherland is what unites us” he said.
He assured the crowd at the beginning of his speech that this was in no way means a political exercise to cultivate a voting bank and neither he nor the RSS was in politics to bother about public image. He added that politics cannot be used to unite people and the basis for unity should be nationalism and glory of ancestors.
The event revolved around the theme ‘Hindusatani First, Hindustan First’ and launched ‘The Meeting of Minds: A Bridging Initiative', a book written by Dr. Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmad. The RSS chief addressed the gathering on Sunday by saying that Indians cannot be differentiated on the basis of worship. He said the call for unity between the two communities was not necessary as difference don’t exist in the first place and that the concept was misleading. He further added that dominance of one community over the other can never be achieved as there can only be the dominance of Indians.
Bhagwat brought up incidents of lynching and decried that anyone who indulged in such acts of violence are a threat to Hindutva. In the backdrop of instances of violence instigated by alleged cow vigilantes he noted that even though the cow is a sacred animal, lynching is unacceptable and that law should take its own course against them without any partiality. And that the solution for the so called ‘Hindu-Muslim conflict’ is dialogue and not discord.