Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday made an appeal for turning the country into a “Hindu nation”, saying Hinduism believes in the principle of “unity in diversity” as visualised by the Nobel laureate polymath Rabindranath Tagore.
Delivering the valedictory address at the five-day conclave of RSS workers here in Madhya Pradesh, Bhagwat cited Tagore’s book Swadeshi Samaj to drive home the point of Hindu rashtra (nation).
Tagore had criticised the British in the book while observing that Hindus and Muslims won’t just finish each other by fighting among themselves but will rather find a way out and that path will be of “Hindu Rashtra”, he said, adding that Hindutva advocates unity in diversity and harmony. Bhagwat said a country cannot be called secure when its people feel insecure. “People in India still feel pained even after so many years of Independence,” the RSS chief said.
“Many governments ruled Delhi and enormous (amount of) money has been spent in development,” Bhagwat said. He said it is unfair to say no development has taken place in the country but at the same time the country has not developed as expected.
In his speech, Bhagwat showered praises on Israel for its “achievements” despite “hostile” conditions. Israel, with mostly a desert land and a thin population, attained independence with us, but it has developed tremendously. When Israel came into being, it was attacked by eight nations. This tiny nation fought five wars, expanded its land area and has risen as a tall nation, he said.
“Anyone who dares that nation gets a befitting reply. People across the world learn from Israel the art of doing agricultural and vegetable farming,” he said.
“On the contrary, India has 5,000 km land, population in crores, powerful leaders but Israel has marched way ahead of us,” Bhagwat said. The RSS chief said that infusing patriotism in the common people will make the country scale newer heights and it will become a “mighty and developed nation”.
Bhagwat said there are many perceptions about the RSS. “But the Sangh is neither a gymnasium nor a para military force or a political outfit.”
“Sangh can be known only after becoming a swayamsevak (volunteer). Those who want to know about it should enter it as there is no bar (for anybody joining it),” he said.
Bhagwat said those who want to work with dedication in nation building should join the Sangh “which is not for offering any ticket for contesting elections.” “Sangh activists indulge in propagating ideas and ways to make India a great nation,” he added.