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RSS says `saffron terror` an `improper` word

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 20:53

New Delhi: Dubbing the use of the term "saffron terror" as "improper", RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said projection of sporadic incidents in a big way smacked of
political designs.
Interacting with women journalists here, the RSS Sarsanghchalak said the word saffron terror was "improper". There were some individual sporadic and small incidents. They should be investigated and those guilty should be punished," he said.
Bhagwat said even if somebody linked to RSS is found guilty; he can be prosecuted, but asserted that RSS or Hinduism does not sanction violence. He said if such incidents are projected in a big way or such words are used, it smacks of politics. "Phir yeh soch aati hai ki koi politics toh nahi khela ja raha hai, koi chal to nahi chali ja rahi hai (It evokes questions like whether it is part of a political strategy)," he said.

"What message do you want to give to the outside world by using such words. Like some people call Pakistan a rogue nation, do you want India also to be called like that. There should be a sense of responsibility in these matters," Bhagwat said.
"Saffron aur atankwad (and terrorism), Hindu aur atankwad na jamnewali jodi hai (Hindu and terrorism do not gel)," he said.

To a question about organisations like Abhinav Bharat and Ram Sene, he said "we don`t know much about them".


First Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 20:53

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