In speech at Nagpur on RSS foundation day, Bhagwat says Rohingiyas threat to national security, lauds govt’s action against pro-freedom leaders, militants
Nagpur: The sar-sangh-chalak or director of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday called for “necessary constitutional amendments” so that people of Jammu and Kashmir are “completely assimilated” with the rest of “Bharat”.
In a more than hour-long address at the RSS headquarters here on the day of Vijayadashmi, which is also the RSS’s foundation day, Bhagwat spoke on a host of issues such as national security, Kashmir, Rohingyas, cow protection, economy and agriculture.
Backing the Modi government’s stand on the Rohingya issue, Bhagwat said that they were a threat to national security due to their links with “jihadi” groups.
In Left-ruled Kerala and Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal, Bhagwat said, “jihadi and anti-national” forces were at work and the governments there were not only indifferent but at times lending a helping hand to them, to “appease” a section of voters for “petty political interests”.
On Kashmir, Bhagwat said, “Necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed in that state. Then and only then can the residents of Jammu and Kashmir be completely assimilated with rest of Bharat and their equal cooperation and share will be possible in national progress.”
Bhagwat praised the Modi government’s firm action against separatists and militants in J&K, saying that the situation prevailing there a few months back has improved.
He also batted for the rights of Hindu refugees living in the state, saying they have been denied citizenship rights unjustly. He sympathised with the cause of Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to flee Kashmir in 1990 due to “terrorism”, he said.
“Despite being the citizens of Bharat, they still don’t have basic facilities of education, employment and democratic rights,” he said of Kashmiri Pandits.
Lauding the people living in border areas of J&K, he said they were “bravely and persistently holding ground amid incessant cross-border firing and terrorist-infiltration” and called for relief and assistance to them from the government and social groups.
The RSS chief praised the Government of India for its handling of the Dokalam issue with China. India’s determined position on China and Pakistan has bettered its standing in the world, he said.
In his speech, he also gave suggestions to the government on agriculture and economic fronts, observing that farmers were in “pain”.
Taking potshots at some intellectuals, he said they did not find anything about India to be proud of. Bhagwat called for “decolonisation” of the mind and lauded the Modi government for its efforts.
“We are independent for the last 70 years but for the first time we are experiencing it,” he said.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani and Union minister Nitin Gadkari were present on the occasion. Dalit religious leader Baba Nirmal Das, who was expected to be the chief guest, could not attend the event as he was indisposed. His message was read out at the event.
Referring to the issue of cow vigilantism, Bhagwat said, “It is reprehensible that some people have been killed allegedly by gaurakshaks. At the same time, many people have been killed by cow smugglers.”
Bhagwat said the issue of cow protection is beyond religion and “many Muslims have sacrificed their life for protection of the cow just as people of Bajrang Dal have”.