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Nagpur, Oct 8 (PTI) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief
Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said the RSS is firm on its vision
that "Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra", and Hindus need to unite if
they want to be heard by the world.
Addressing the Vijayadashmi function of the RSS at
Reshimbagh ground in Maharashtra''s Nagpur city, he said all
Indians working for the nation''s glory and enhancing its
peace are "Hindus".
"The vision and proclamation of the Sangh regarding
the identity of the nation, social identity of all of us, and
the identity of the country''s nature, are clear, well-
thought-of and firm that Bharat is Hindustan, Hindu Rashtra,"
Hindus need to unite and posses power if they
wish to be heard by the world.
"Those who belong to Bharat, those who are descendants
of Bharatiya ancestors, those who are working for the ultimate
glory of nation and joining hands in enhancing peace,
respecting and welcoming all diversities; all those Bharatiyas
are Hindus," he asserted.
"We believe a Hindu person accepts plurality, respects
faith and works for the betterment of the country. These
things sound good to ears but the world listens to the
mighty," he said.
The RSS has been saying the same thing for last 10 to
15 years, Bhagwat said.
"I was the RSS chief in 2009 as well, but not so many
people were here to listen to me. Today, there are more
people, because of the growth of the RSS in various sectors,"
"The world does not listen to you without you having
some power. Nobody cares for the weak, nobody even tries to
protect the interests of those who are weak," he said, quoting
an ancient Sanskrit verse which says that when it comes to
sacrifice, a goat is always preferred over a horse, an
elephant or a tiger.
The RSS chief also brushed aside the allegations of
RSS and its associates being ''Islamophobic'' or averse to non-
"It is true that Islam came to India through some
invaders and there had been some battles. The memories of it
have lingered longer in minds (of people). But still, it does
not mean unifying Hindus is part of opposition to Islam. No
swayamsevak (a common RSS worker) thinks this way," he said.
But, some insignificant persons talk on these lines
which have never been endorsed by the RSS, Bhagwat stated.
"But, their statements are labelled as our stand. The
propaganda takes shape in such a way," he said.
Bhagwat further spoke on Hinduism and how it welcomes
"A Hindu person is who believes there is an ultimate
truth in the existence of the world, which is seen by us in
different forms, there are different types of people,
different ways to understand truth and even different ways of
seeing things. Everyone at their place is right," he said.
"Nobody needs to change it or end it...you can walk on
your own path of faith, you will reach the destination one
day. All can cohesively achieve it. You decide your own way to
salvation," Bhagwat said.
He said whether one wants to believe in soul or not,
one can decide.
"You decide whether there is one form of God or
several. It is up to you. Follow the dharma, but making it
into a sect creates problems," the RSS chief said.
"There is only one dharma out there. It is called
humanity, which nowadays is known as Hindu dharma," he added.
Bhagwat said it is the people of this country alone
who embraced plurality and accepted difference of opinions.
"No other country has such an approach towards life.
If this cannot be called Hinduism, then what to call it?" he
"There is no scope for opposing someone in this
definition. There may be difference of opinion over the choice
of words. Our culture believes and accepts all types of
people, but not radicalism," Bhagwat said.
Still some people do not like to call it Hinduism, he
"They prefer ''Bharatiya'' over it, but it is fine with
us. We understand what they are trying to say and we respect
it," he said. PTI COR ND VT