Mohan Bhagwat: Don't use 'lynching' to defame India
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said lynching is a "western construct" and should not be used in the Indian context to defame the country.
Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said lynching is a "western construct" and should not be used in the Indian context to defame the country.
Addressing the Vijayadashmi function of the RSS at Reshimbagh ground in Maharashtra's Nagpur city, he said the word 'lynching' does not originate from Indian ethos but comes from a separate religious text, and such terms should not be imposed on Indians.
He also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the government's move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, but said some vested interests do not want the country to be strong and vibrant.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at an event organised on the occasion of #VijayaDashami in Nagpur:The move of the re-elected regime to nullify #Article370 has once again proved that it has courage to fulfill those expectations&respect people’s sentiments&wishes in interest of the country pic.twitter.com/v5lzx7Qu3i— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2019
Voicing his displeasure over several incidents of mob violence in the country, he said, "Lynching is not the word from Indian ethos, its origin is from a story in a separate religious text. We Indians trust in brotherhood. Don't impose such terms on Indians."
"Lynching itself is a western construct and one shouldn't use it in the Indian context to defame the country," he said.
Bhagwat urged citizens to create harmony, and that everyone should live within confines of law. "Swayamsevaks are brought up with that sanskar," he said.
He said in the past few years, there has been transformation in "direction of thought process of Bharat".
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur: Branding some incidents of social violence as lynching are actually meant to defame our country, Hindu society & create fear among some communities. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/eSP9BlJnMb— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2019
"There are many people in the world and in Bharat as well, who don't want this. A developed Bharat creates fear in the minds of vested interests...such forces will also not want
Bharat to be strong and vibrant," the RSS chief said.
Even well-meaning policies, statements from persons in government and administration were being misused to benefit nefarious designs by vested interests, he rued.
"We must be alert in identifying these plots and counter them on intellectual and social levels," he said.
Bhagwat said the world was eager to know if the 2019 elections in such a huge country will be conducted smoothly.
"Democracy in India is not something imported from any country, but a practice which has been prevalent here since centuries," Bhagwat said.
He said India's borders were now safer than ever, and more focus was needed on coastal security.
"The number of guards and check-posts on land borders and surveillance along the maritime border, especially on islands, have to be increased," he said.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur: In such incidents, RSS members do not get involved rather they try to stop it. Par iss sabko ko tarah tarah se pesh karke, use jhagda banane ka kaam chal raha hai. Ek shadyantra chal raha hai, yeh sabko samajhna chaiye. #Maharashtra https://t.co/TBuKHRxr2n— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2019
On concerns over the economic sector, he said the slowing down of world economy has left its impact everywhere.
"The government has taken initiatives to tide over the situation in the last one-and-a-half months. Our society is entrepreneurial and will overcome these challenges," he added.
In the morning, Bhagwat performed 'shastra puja' at the Sangh's annual Vijayadashmi event here.
HCL founder Shiv Nadar was the chief guest for this year's event.
Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Gen V K Singh (retd) and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were among those present at the event. (PTI)