No Hindu, Muslim; Only Indians: What Mohan Bhagwat Said On Unity, Lynching Cases

New Delhi: Making a strong pitch for religious harmony in India, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday called out the fear-mongering crowd that is spreading the narrative that Sangh is against minorities or Islam is in danger in India.

“Don’t get trapped in the cycle of fear that Islam is in danger in India,” Mr Bhagwat urged Muslims while speaking at a book launch event organised by the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, the Muslim wing of the RSS.

“We are in a democracy. There can’t be a dominance of Hindus or Muslims. There can only be a dominance of Indians,” Mr Bhagwat said.

On the incidents of lynching, Mr Bhagwat said those who are indulged in such violent acts “are against Hindutava”.

“If a Hindu says that no Muslim should live here, the person is not Hindu. The cow is a holy animal but the people who are lynching others are against Hindutava. Law would take its own course against the accused without any partiality,” Mr Bhagwat said.

Underlining that the development of the country is not possible without unity, the RSS chief stressed that the basis of unity should be nationalism and the glory of our ancestors.

The only solution to Hindu-Muslim conflict is a dialogue and not discord, he said.

“Hindu-Muslim unity is misleading as they’re not different, but one. DNA of all Indians are same, irrespective of religion,” Mr Bhagwat said.

The RSS is the ideological fount of the ruling BJP and has often been accused by its opponent of fostering majoritarianism.

(With Input From Agencies)

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