August 18, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Mumbai, India (August 18, 2014): Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has again asserted that India is a “Hindu Nation” and “Hindutva” is it identity.
According to media reports, Mohan Bhagwant on August 18 reasserted his Hindu claim saying: “Hindustan is a Hindu nation … Hindutva is the identity of our nation and it (Hinduism) can incorporate others (religions) in itself”.
Last week, Bhagwat had said in Cuttack, “The cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture.”
Since the formation of Narendra Modi led BJP government in India, the RSS chief has been repeatedly asserting his “Hindu Nation” claims.
In Cuttack Mohan Bhagwat had said that [i]f inhabitants of England were English, Germany were Germans and USA were Americans, then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus?
Bhagwat was in Mumbai today on the occasion of Krishna Janamashtami to attend the inauguration programme of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Vishav Hindu Parishad, that was founded in Mumbai on August 29-30, 1964.
He said the goal of the VHP in the coming five years would be to ensure equality among the “Hindus of the nation”.
“For the next five years we have to work with the aim of bringing equality among all the Hindus in the country. All Hindus should be drinking water at one place, should be praying at one place and after their death, their bodies should be burnt at the same place,” he said.
Hindutva agenda of RSS has caused major concerns among minorities residing in Indian peninsula. Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar have already condemned Mohan Bhagwat’s “Hindu nation” comment. Sikh body Dal Khalsa yesterday said that it won’t let RSS to implement it’s “fascist’ agenda in Punjab.
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