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NAGPUR: The “so-called minorities” face no danger and Hindutva organisations will continue to reach out to them to assuage their fears, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday said in his first public statement on the Sangh’s attempt to extend its outreach after his meeting with several clerics and visit to a mosque and a madrasa in Delhi this September.
“There is scare-mongering among so-called minorities that there is a danger to them because Hindus are organised. This has not happened in the past nor will it happen in future. This is neither the nature of Sangh nor of Hindus,” he said at a Vijaya Dashami event to mark the RSS foundation day.
“With some such worries among the so-called minorities, some gentlemen have been meeting us. They have had meetings with Sangh office-bearers and this will continue,” he said in his hour-long address in which he covered a range of topics, notably women’s empowerment, “Hindu Rashtra”, education, casteism, and the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
Bhagwat stressed the need for a comprehensive population policy applicable to all social groups equally, which should ensure India’s ethnic profile remains undisturbed. Flagging the issue of demographic “imbalance”, he said it “can lead to creation of new nations”. “Even India suffered 75 years ago,” he said, alluding to the Partition.
“In the 21st century, three new countries came into existence — East Timor, South Sudan and Kosovo. These were results of population imbalance. Apart from differences in birth rates, conversion by force and lure, and cross-border infiltration were the reasons for ther creation.”
The RSS chief underscored the Sangh’s use of the word “Hindu”. “The concept of Hindu Rashtra is being discussed all over. Many agree with the concept, but are opposed to the word ‘Hindu’ and prefer to use other words. We don’t have any issue with that. For the clarity of concept, we will keep emphasising the word Hindu for ourselves,” he said.
Referring to the beheading of a tailor in Rajasthan’s Udaipur and a pharmacist in Maharashtra’s Amravati for alleged insults to the Prophet, Bhagwat said a section of the minority community condemned the crimes, but more people from the religious group should have done it.
He emphasised the use of one’s mother tongue, saying: “English language is not important for building a career.” Bhagwat also batted for women’s equality at the function, where mountaineer Santosh Yadav was the first woman to be invited for the RSS foundation day event as its chief guest. “We have had Anusuyabai Kale and Princess Amrit Kaur at RSS functions. During the Emergency a lady was invited for an event at Akola.” Kale was Nagpur MP in the second Lok Sabha, while Kaur was a freedom fighter and member of the Constituent Assembly.
(With agency inputs)



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