RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, in a statement on Tuesday, asserted that the Manipur violence had been orchestrated and blamed "outside forces" for the unrest in the northeastern state.
"Meiteis and Kukis were living together for a long time there. It is a border state. Who benefits from such secessionism and internal conflict? Outside forces also benefit. Were people from outside involved in what happened there," Bhagwat asked.
Addressing the RSS Dussehra rally at Nagpur, Bhagwat also expressed concerns about cultural Marxists and woke elements who are utilizing their influence in media and academia to disrupt the country's education and culture.
He also confirmed that the idol of Lord Ram would be installed at the Ayodhya temple on January 22 and urged people to organize programs at temples across the country to celebrate the occasion.
Discussing the Manipur situation, Bhagwat questioned, "Union Home Minister Amit Shah was in Manipur for three days. Who actually fueled the conflict? It (violence) is not happening, it is being made to happen."
He further inquired, "Which foreign powers may be interested in taking advantage of unrest and instability in Manipur? Does the geopolitics of southeast Asia also have a role in these events?"
"When peace restoration is in sight, some incident occurs. It widens the gap between the communities. Who is behind the people who were doing such acts? Who is instigating the violence?" he asked.
Bhagwat expressed his pride in the Sangh workers who worked in Manipur to restore peace.
He cautioned against attempts to garner votes by inciting emotions ahead of the 2024 general elections and urged people to vote while considering the unity, integrity, identity, and development of the country.
He referred to the use of "toolkits" that incite violence and create mutual mistrust and hatred, emphasizing the need to work peacefully and with restraint, without getting distracted by sporadic events.
Bhagwat emphasized the three elements that make the nation one—devotion to the motherland, pride in forefathers, and common culture. He encouraged those who follow faiths originating from outside India to uphold these elements.
Bhagwat stated that cultural Marxists and woke elements promote anarchy, chaos, and corruption. With their influence in media, academia, and other sectors, they seek to disrupt societal orderliness, morality, culture, dignity, and restraint.
He praised the government for successfully hosting the G20 Summit, which showcased India's goodwill and diplomatic prowess in getting the African Union accepted as a member.
Bhagwat concluded by highlighting the need for India to emerge with a new vision based on its own value systems to address the contemporary needs and challenges of the globe amid the worldwide issues stemming from religious sectarianism, fanaticism, arrogance, and extremism.