Mohan Bhagwat
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks during his annual Vijayadashami address, in Nagpur | ANI Photo
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New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat Friday said internal and external forces are conspiring to defame India, and efforts are being made to create anarchy in the country and divide the Hindu community.

Bhagwat’s remarks come days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday slammed “selective outrage” over human rights, saying it hurt the country and was “dangerous” for democracy.

In his annual Vijayadashmi (Dussehra) address, the RSS chief also said there is a need for a National Register of Citizens (NRC) and a new population policy. He also targetted OTT platforms and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, saying there’s a need to regulate them. The RSS chief also spoke about minority killings in Jammu and Kashmir and the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

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‘Conspiracy to defame India’

Bhagwat said there are forces that want to divide Hindus and create disturbances in the country on the lines of caste and religion.

“Our journey from swadheenta (self-rule) to swatantrata (independence) is still far from complete… We started fighting among ourselves on the lines of caste, religion. The sorrow of Partition has still not gone, but we must not repeat the division on which the Partition happened. There is a conspiracy by internal and external forces to defame India,” he said, adding that sustained efforts are on to create anarchy in India with the help of technology.

Bitcoin, OTT platforms, drugs new challenges

Without naming Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drug bust on a cruise ship near Mumbai, Bhagwat said drugs are being imported from neighbouring countries and money generated from them is being used for anti-national activities, adding that it is important that parents impart moral values to their children.

Talking about over-the-top (OTT) platforms in India, Bhagwat said the RSS’ cultural wing has complained to the Modi government several times in the past about the content being aired on these platforms.

He said in the absence of any regulatory framework, there is no control on OTT content and it is difficult to find out what content children watch on their phones. “School children were hooked to mobile phones during the Covid pandemic. It must be dealt with regulation,” he said.

Bhagwat also took aim at popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin, saying the government needs to frame a regulation for its trading.

On J&K minority killings, China’s support to Taliban

Bhagwat further said militants are targetting minorities in Kashmir to create an atmosphere of fear.

“Terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir have started a spate of targeted killings to destroy morale and re-establish the reign of terror. There is a need for emotional integration of the people of Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of Bharat,” he said.

He asserted that military on the borders has to be prepared for everything at all times.

Speaking on the Taliban, Bhagwat said: “Their passionate fanaticism, tyranny and terrorism in the name of Islam is sufficient to be apprehensive of them. Pakistan, China and Turkey have coalesced in an unholy alliance with the Taliban. Neither Pakistan nor China has changed its intent towards India. We should be careful and fully prepared at the borders to counter such challenges. There can’t be complacency, talks can go on simultaneously.”

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Temples’ wealth should be used for welfare of Hindu communities

Speaking about the management of temples in the country, he said temples in south India are managed by the state governments, whereas in the rest of the country, temples are run by governments as well as trusts.

“There is loot going on temple land and their reserves… Operating rights of Hindu temples should be handed over to Hindu devotees and temple wealth should be utilised for worship of deities and welfare of Hindu communities,” he said.

The sarsanghchalak added that by becoming strong and fearless, a Hindu society can be created that epitomises the words: “Neither do I threaten anyone nor do I know any fear.”

Speaking about Hindu-Muslim unity, the RSS chief said: “Muslim aggressors came to India due to our differences, but we should not use past events and history to create disharmony… Everyone belongs to the same motherland, we have the same ancestors. Hindus have to shun their arrogance and we should use role models from the Muslim community like Hamid Khan and Maqbool Sherwani to create a united society.”

He added: “We should not use our power to create differences, we should not use language which creates differences and history should not be remembered for hatred.”

The RSS chief also lauded the Modi government for its efforts to fight the pandemic.

He also talked about an alternative economic policy, based on the concept of ‘swadeshi‘. He said the world is looking towards India, and the focus should be to create more employment with the least consumption of energy, thus protecting nature.

(Edited by Neha Mahajan)

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