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MH-BHAGWAT-LD HINDU RASHTRA

MH-BHAGWAT-LD HINDU RASHTRA
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RSS firm on Bharat being ''Hindu Rashtra'': Bhagwat

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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,"

he said.

He said

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,"

he said.

"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-

Hindu worshipers.

"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

plurality.

"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

wondered.

"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

noted.

"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

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