New Delhi: Ever since Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) came into existence, its ideology of 'Hindu rashtra' has been a debating point across the country, especially with the Leftists and the Congress.
And with Narendra Modi-powered Bharatiya Janata Party coming to power at the Centre, the debate has only grown intense and a desperate attempt is being made to project the 'Sangh' as an organistaion trying to divide the nation on religious lines.
When a Muslim Swayamsevak of RSS was questioned about Sangh's definition of 'Hindu' and 'Hindu Rashtra', he said that a Hindu is a person who has been born and brought up in Hindustan, and 'Hindu' is not a religion, it's a way of life.
“I am a Muslim and I practice Islam, but I belong to this great nation, which has a great tradition, heritage and culture,” he said.
Giving example of Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Muslim man said, “Once the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid had gone to visit Indonesia to attend a Muslim conclave, where he was introduced as a great Hindu from India. Initially, the Imam got offended and questioned the person as to why did he say so. The person replied saying that 'if I address you as a Hindu, it doesn't mean that you aren't a Muslim, but as you are a part of Hindustan and anyone who comes from that great country is a Hindu'. In the end Bukhari was convinced.”
According to the Muslim RSS pracharak, the Sangh is trying to propagate the same idea about which Bukhari was told. He further claimed that the 'Sangh' is a mistaken entity and several attempts have been made to project the 'Parivaar' as belonging to one particular sect, being against the minorities, and that they are only part of Hindus and they consider Hindu as a religion.