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Riktesh Tiwari | HENB | Kolkata | Jan 14, 2017:: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak (chief) Dr Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday insisted that his organisation is not “working against anyone” but only “working to unite the Hindu community and for its empowerment”, news agency ANI reported. Bhagwat was speaking at Makar Sankranti rally of Kolkata Mahanagar unit of an RSS at Brigade Parade ground. His comments came in the backdrop of high-octane tension between the right wing RSS-BJP force and West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress party.
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In his speech, Bhagwat made it clear that RSS is not working against the interest of any particular community. He said, “We (RSS) are not working against anyone but only working to unite the Hindu community and for its empowerment. Swayamsevaks do not fear hurdles on their path. They are habituated to walk through cyclones”.
He further said,”Weakness is death and strength is life. Throw away casteism into the Bay of Bengal & work for the entire hindu society.”
“Can anyone stop us? No one can stop us. We have to work. We have and we will keep on doing it. Increase activism, it doesn’t increase from preaching,” he said in his message on Makar Sankranti.
The Sangh chief also accepted obstacles as challenges and expressed his satisfaction at the manner at which the organisation is working. “RSS now enjoys working amid obstacles,” he added.
“Are the Hindus able to perform their religious rites and activities freely and fairly across India? Are human rights of the Hindus well established in this country?,” he asked.
“If the answer is no, then why do you get surprised when Hindus are being oppressed in Bangladesh? The Hindus are only responsible for their own condition. Hindus are facing this situation because they are not united and strong. We should work in uniting the Hindu Samaj, without opposing anybody,” Bhagwat said.
In October last year during the Durga Puja festival, the RSS had complained to state Governor K N Tripathi that the Hindus were not being able to perform their religious rites properly in some parts of the state.
In a subtle dig at the state administration, which had opposed the rally, Bhagwat said it is always fun to work and reach the target despite all odds and hurdles.
“Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the founder of RSS, despite all odds had formed this organisation for the unity of Hindus. Many people had opposed us and our work, but we are standing firm,” he said and asked the RSS cadres to increase their activities to strengthen the Hindu community.
“We all need to take a oath that to strengthen Bharat, the Hindu Samaj has to unite and spread the message of love. You should spend one-third of your time each day and one-third of your income in the development of the country. You should not stand outside, rather you have to be part of this developmental process,” Bhagwat said.
After police refused permission, the Calcutta High Court on Friday allowed the RSS to hold the programme at Central Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground on Saturday with some conditions like restricting it gathering within a limit of 4000.