New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the Sangh had reservations over the word “minority” as it believes in “sab apne hain” (everyone is part of the family), and the word was coined by the British, as he appealed to Muslims to get to know the Sangh better by visiting it, and asserted that Muslims feel protected in areas where there are Sangh shakhayen (daily meetings) nearby. At the same time, Bhagwat also addressed the contentious issue of the construction of the Ram Mandir at the disputed site in Ayodhya as he pitched for early completion of the temple and said Lord Ram was not just a god for the majority of Indians but was also an “Imam-e-Hind” for many, and a temple at the site would resolve differences between Hindus and Muslims.
Taking up questions on the final day of his three-day lectures on the “Future of Bharat: An RSS perspective”, Bhagwat replied to questions on a variety issues, including the Ram Mandir, Article 370 and 377, reservations, cow vigilantism, religious conversion, population control and Hindutva.
Replying to a query on construction of the Ram Mandir and whether the Central government should bring in an ordinance for it or if there should be a national discourse, Bhagwat said that he was neither in the government nor in the Ram Mandir Nyas (trust) but was a “swayamsevak”, (volunteer) and the “sarsanghachalak” (RSS chief), and someone who had participated in the Ram Mandir movement, he wants an early completeion of a grand temple.
“Lord Ram is not only a god for the majority of this country but is also the protector of this country’s traditions and its dignity and is also an Imam-e-Hind for many… all sections of Indian society have faith in him … We are not talking about any Ram Mandir as many such mandirs were demolished… we are talking about the birthplace of Lord Ram and only a mandir should come up there,” asserted Bhagwat, as he said if the temple was built, it would resolve contentious issues between Hindus and Muslims. He also said if the issue is resolved through a consensus, it would also stop many from pointing fingers at Muslims. Bhagwat also said if the issue was considered from the point of view of “rashtrahit” (national interest), it would have been resolved years ago, but the issue remains unresolved as it turned into a political issue.
Bhagwat said “Hinduism” cannot define “Hindutva” as an “ism” confines, but “Hindutva” is a process and the only ideology which can maintain a balance between the different sects and ideologies which defines the ideology of India. He said the ideology of the country was taking eveyrone along, as diversity doesn’t mean differences and “Hindutva” believes in oneness, not through theorisation but through practice.
On the issue of why the RSS opposes religious conversions, Bhagwat said if every religion and sect were the same, why was there is a need for conversion as it was for an individual to decide which sect or religon will bring him or her closer to the God or spiritualism. “God is not sold in the market or can be forced upon anyone because if there is any enticement or deception invloved, then such a process is not aimed at attaining spiritualism or humanity, but something else,” said the RSS supremo.
The RSS chief also reiterated the Sangh Parivar’s position on Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, which give a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and said it does not accept both. Responding to a question, Mr Bhagwat said there was no anger against Hindutva and its acceptance was increasing across the world, but in India there seems to be some anger but not because of Hindutva but because of wrong examples put across in its name for the past few centuries.
JNU sedition: Court questions chargesheet without sanction
New Delhi: A court here questioned Delhi Police on Saturday for filing a chargesheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case without procuring the requisite sanctions.
The police told Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat they would procure the required sanctions within 10 days.
“Why did you file (the chargesheet) without approval? You don’t have a legal department,” the court said.
The court is likely to resume hearing on the matter soon.
Delhi Police had on January 14 filed the chargesheet at a city court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the university campus during an event in February 2016.
Police also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya with allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during the event held on February 9, 2016, to commemorate the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru. PTI
Volcano waiting to erupt in Cong-JD(S) alliance : Yeddyurappa
Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa has said some Congress MLAs skipping the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting and the deep differences between the ruling coalition partners are an indication that a volcano may erupt in the coming days.
His remarks came after four dissident Congress MLAs skipped the CLP meeting here that was called as a show of strength against an alleged bid by the BJP to dislodge the HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government.
“The absence of Congress MLAs from the CLP meeting and deep differences between the coalition partners are an indication that this is likely to erupt as a volcano in the coming days,” Yeddyurappa said on Friday evening here.
Their absence also showed intense and widespread anger and resentment among Congress MLAs, he said.
The BJP chief said the tone of CLP leader Siddaramaiah’s warning to the party MLAs showed his frustration and fear.
“ Siddaramaiah, the tone, tenor and content of the meeting notice given by you to the MLAs shows your frustration and proves that you are gripped by fear. If your relationship with the MLAs was strong and cordial, why did you mention in the notice that action would be taken as per the anti-defection law?” Yeddyurappa asked.
The Congress would issue notices to absentee MLAs–Ramesh Jarkiholi, B Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav and Mahesh Kumatahalli, Siddaramaiah had told reporters after Friday’s meeting.
Yeddyurappa also attacked Congress general secretary KC Venugopal over his remarks that ‘Operation Lotus’ commenced in Karnataka in 2008.
The BJP chief said it was the Congress which started the “aaya ram, gaya ram” culture, referring to the practice of MLAs defecting to other parties, he said.
“In 1967, the then prime minister Indira Gandhi had said that ‘gaya ram has now become aaya ram’ when an MLA of her United Front government had joined and quit the Congress three times in a gap of 15 days,” he said.
The former chief minister said it would be better if Siddaramaiah and Venugopal studied political history to know what happened in Haryana where the Congress had formed the government with Bhajan Lal with the help of 36 Janata Party MLAs.
The Congress is continuing this culture, Yeddyurappa said.
It looked like that Siddaramaiah had forgotten that he too joined the Congress with the same culture, he added.
Yeddyurappa said the BJP was not lusting for power.
With 104 seats, the BJP is functioning as a vigilant and constructive opposition party and the Congress and the JD(S) with 80 and 37 seats, respectively, had formed an unholy alliance to form the government, he said.
Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah should realise that this is first time in the history of legislature that a party with more than 100 seats is sitting in the opposition.
Yeddyurappa said the BJP’s MLAs assembled at a Gurugram hotel to discuss the strategy to win the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“If 104 MLAs of our party meet at one place and discuss the strategy to win the Lok Sabha, what is your problem? It is your responsibility to keep your party MLAs under control. If you scream the way you have been doing, it only shows your helplessness,” he said.
Taking a dig at Venugopal’s remarks that “glorious days” of the grand old party must return, Yeddyurappa asked if he was referring to the return of “multi-crore scams of the Congress-led UPA regime”.
He accused the Congress and the JD(S) of fooling people and said while the two parties were friends in Karnataka, they were enemies in Kolkata.
“As usual the JD(S) has been playing a double-game. The JD(S) needs the Congress on the one hand, and on the other, the JD(S) wants ‘mahagathbandhan’, which the Congress does not want,” Yeddyurappa claimed.
The double standards of these parties showed that there is no alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.
India does not belong to any particular religion, caste or language:Gadkari
Nagpur: Union minister Nitin Gadkari said this country does not belong to any particular religion, caste, or language.
Addressing a gathering during the distribution of ownership pattas to slum dwellers he said the party had never done politics based on caste or religion and theirs was a politics of service and development.
He said India was of every person who loved it, be it a Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain, Christians or others.
“We have never done politics based on caste or religion… We never did politics on caste, religion and language. But, we did politics of service and development of poor,” he said.
“Because a poor man is poor, be it a Muslim, Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Dalit or a tribal,” he said.
He further said that there cannot be partiality in the work of development.
“We know that those who cannot compete with us on the development front, try to scare people with poison of casteism and communalism,” he said.
He said it was said that if Gadkari gets elected then “you will be sent to Pakistan” and questioned, “What did I do, whom did I scare and whom was I unjust to”.
He said the party will work for people whether or not they vote for it.
“This country does not belong to any particular religion, caste, or language. This country is of every person who loves it, be it a Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain, Christian and others,” said Gadkari.