Nagpur: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
has taken a strong exception to the use of the term `Saffron
or Hindu terror` and said that terrorism and Hindus cannot be
related to each other.
Addressing the annual Dussera rally at Reshim Bagh
ground, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said, "Terrorism and Hindus
are the oxymoron and can never be related to reach other. This
was an attempt to weaken the strength of the Hindus in India
and at the same time to appease the Muslims."
Noted musician, Hridaynath Mangeshkar was the chief
guest of the occasion.
A handful of incidents involving Hindus were reported
and for that to blame the entire Hindu community was improper
and unjust, Bhagwat said.
"Hindus are generally not involved in terrorism," he
Ridiculing the inept handling of terrorism in the
country, Bhagwat said that has probably prompted the
government to describe Hindu terror in the country.
"These are sinister conspiracy to mislead the Hindus
through a campaign of lies and defame Hindu saints and noble
citizens," Bhagwat said citing the example of defaming of
Kanchi Shankarayacharya in the alleged murder case and
On the Ram Mandir issue, Bhagwat said the Allahabad
High Court judgement is an opportunity presented by the
destiny to every section of the society and particularly
Muslims in the country for a new beginning in the spirit of
"Ram Mandir is our pride and there are hundreds of Ram
Mandirs in the county but Ayodhya was significant since it was
the birth place of Lord Rama. It was a national
monument. It was demolished by then rulers to create a new
structure," Bhagwat said.
"The High Court verdict has provided a golden chance
to bury our communal differences and march with hands
together," he added.
Criticising the secularists, Bhagwat said, "Till the
pronouncement of verdict, we were often asked will you abide
by the HC decision. The verdict was not at all against any one
but of course some people were not expecting it."
“It’s question of seeking votes from certain quarter.
Some people are indulging in divide policy” and he warned
Hindus to beware of such people.
On the Kashmir situation, Bhagwat said, "The crisis in
Kashmir has become serious and complicated since we neglected
Balisthan and Gilgit which have become part of Pakistan. Now
China is attempting to encircle India by positioning its Army
in these regions."
The United States is looking for a safe passage from
Afghanistan and secure foothold in Kashmir with the help of
Pakistan, he said.
Speaking further on Kashmir, Bhagwat said the Valley
is not the entire Jammu and Kashmir which has three regions.
"Even in the Valley not all but a small minority is clamouring
for autonomy and dreaming of independence by promoting
successionism," he said.
"At the same time it is imperative on our part to
appreciate the feelings, needs and aspirations of various
other sections like patriotic Muslims, Gujjar-Bakarwals,
Shias, Sikhs and Hindus including the Kashmiri Pandits and
Buddhists. The displaced Pandits must return to their homes
and dignity," he said.
When asked about the ways to prevent threat to India,
Bhagwat said, "We need to do lot more in our military,
political and economic strategy, alertness our leadership,
preparation of public mind to prevent inviting grave threat
to the country."
On Maoists` issues, the RSS chief said that the
government is stuck up with internal squabbles over question
of firmly dealing with Maoists.
"There is a need for credible efforts to make
administration transparent and accountable in Naxal affected
areas," Bhagwat added.