Coming down heavily on the elements using incidents like ‘lynching’ to tarnish the image of the nation, the Hindu society and the RSS, Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat on October 8 called for ‘constant alertness’ to defeat the divisive forces.
Delivering the annual Vijayadashami speech to thousands of swayamsevaks in uniform and a massive gathering of supporters at the historical Reshambagh Grounds here on 94th Foundation Day of RSS, Shri Bhagwat spoke at length on the threat from within the society. “The agents that cause many a trouble reside in the body,” he said.
Founder Chairman of HCL Technologies Ltd, Shri Shiv Nadar, was the chief guest at the function. Vidarbha Prant Sanghachalak Shri Ram Harkare, Sahsanghachalak Shridhar Gadge and Nagpur Mahanagar Sanghachalak Shri Rajesh Loya also shared the dais. Union Ministers Shri Nitin Gadkari, Gen. VK Singh (retd) and Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis were among others present at the event. Earlier, Shri Bhagwat performed the ‘Shastrapujan’.
Shri Bhagwat further said there has been a transformation in the direction of the thought process of Bharat and “a developed Bharat creates fear in the minds of vested interests”. Such forces do not want Bharat to be strong and vibrant. Unfortunately, the prevailing state of social unity, equality and harmony in the country is not up to the desired level and these forces inimical to Bharat are seen taking advantage of this situation, he explained.
Diversities of caste, creed, language and region are being used to separate one from another; widening the fault lines already existing in the society; imposing fabricated identities on manufactured separations thereby creating diverse and conflicting streams in the national mainstream, the RSS Sarsanghachalak said calling for constant alertness to thwart all such attempts.
Chairman of HCL Shri Shiv Nadar paying flotral
tribute to the second Sarsanghachalak of RSS Shri Guruji in Napgur
Taking strong exception to using imported terms like ‘lynching’ or mob violence to malign the Hindu society, Shri Bhagwat explained how the “incidents of one community attacking other are deliberately fabricated and published with distortions”. “These tendencies of violence have somehow or the other crossed the limits of the law and order and wreaked havoc by eroding the mutual relations in the society,” he said clearly stating that “neither this tendency is the tradition of our country nor does it fit in the spirit of the Constitution.”
While denouncing such violence, the RSS Sarsanghachalak firmly said, “The Sangh has never supported the people who were involved in such incidents and it stands against each and every such incident. By branding such incidents by the words like ‘lynching”, denoting the traditions which were alien to Bharat and belong elsewhere, efforts are underway to defame our country and entire Hindu society and create fear among the so-called minority communities”.
Calling for creating goodwill among various sections of the society, Shri Bhagwat appealed to different sections of the society to strive to increase goodwill, dialogues and cooperation. In the present context it is “absolutely important” to work for the goodwill, harmony and cooperation among all sections of the society and “follow the discipline” by keeping ourselves within the “limits of Constitution”, he said adding that the Sangh swayamsevaks have been making efforts to enhance this type of dialogues and cooperation.
During the course of his hour-long speech Shri Bhagwat touched upon a variety of issues like 2019 election and positive voting by the electorate in endorsement of the government’s policies; abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, developing Swadeshi consciousness as envisaged by the late Dattopant Thengdi; formulating ‘our own’ economic vision commensurate with our requirements, profile and condition of our people and our resources and potential to realise our national aspirations; introducing a relevant, logical, truthful, dutiful education system that gives comprehensive knowledge and pride about our language (Swa Bhasha), our attire (Swa Bhoosha) and our culture (Swa Sanskriti); restoring respect to women; strengthening family system to build character and end financial and character corruption; and to save the environment.
“There is an orchestrated effort to malign the Hindu society and Hindutva through a number of baseless and slanderous allegations. behind such nefarious designs there is a thought process, which is relentlessly working to keep our society divided and make use of it for its self-interests” —Mohan Bhagwat, RSS Sarsanghachalak
The RSS Sarsanghachalak also lashed at the forces maligning the RSS projecting it as ‘anti-Muslims or anti-Christians ignoring the organisation’s efforts to create unity, goodwill, good conduct and good behaviour and a clear vision and devotion towards the nation. Instead, attempts are made to create distrust, fear and hostility among sections, who have not yet come in contact with RSS. The Sangh is organising the Hindu society but that does not mean that it is against any other religious groups or communities, he explained. “There is an orchestrated effort to malign the Hindu society and Hindutva through a number of baseless and slanderous allegations, he alleged stating that behind such nefarious designs there is a thought process, which is relentlessly working to keep our society divided and make use of it for its self-interests.
Explaining the concept of Hindu Rashtra, Shri Bhagwat, without mincing the words, said, “Bharat is Hindustan, Hindu Rashtra. In view of the Sangh, the word Hindu is not confined to just those who call them Hindus. Those who belong to Bharat, those of who are descendants of Bharatiya ancestors, those who are working for the ultimate glory of the nation and joining hands in enhancing peace by mingling with each other and accepting, respecting and welcoming diversities; all such Bharatiyas are Hindus irrespective of their mode of worship, language, food habits, lifestyle and native place.
He also cleared the confusion deliberately woven around the word Hindu by confining it to the framework of religion stating that such an effort has been distracting our intellect right from the time of the British. Those who use words like Bharatiya, Indic etc are also included in the wider canvass of Hindu and are acceptable to the Sangh, he said.
Earlier, the RSS swayamsevaks performed various physical drills, band performance, yogasanas, dand vyayamyoga and niyuddha.
(To read the complete speech of the Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat follow: https://www.organiser.org/Encyc/2019/10/8/Summary-of-Vijayadasami-Address.html