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Addressing a mammoth public function of about 50,000 RSS syamsevaks (volunteers) and people from different walks of life here on Sunday, Bhagwat tried to drive home the point that Pakistan and Bangladesh got separated from India because these countries severed its links with Hindutva.
One of the largest congregations of RSS organised by the North Assam Zone of the organisation holds significance at a time when Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura going to polls next month. RSS’ north Assam zone covers Brahmaputra valley, Nagaland and Meghalaya.
Though there was no reference to elections in Bhagwat’s speech, the importance of the event for the poll-bound states was apparent from the fact that many leaders of indigenous faiths, especially from Nagaland and Meghalaya, took part at the function.
RSS volunteers are working in the Christian majority Nagaland and Meghalaya for the promotion of indigenous faiths. The BJP has also been able to make a toehold among the followers of indigenous faiths in the two states.
Besides, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and many of his cabinet ministers, heads of different satras (vaishnavite monasteries) and tribal kings of Assam took part.
Bhagwat said that India has stopped considering Pakistan as an “enemy” since August 15, 1947, but that country did not.
“Mahenjodaro and Harappa civilizations are now in Pakistan. They are part of Bharat, which Pakistan did not want to associate with it. Pakistan is a separate country because it did not want to accept the feeling of Hindutva,” Bhagwat argued.
He forwarded a similar argument for the creation of Bangladesh, saying that it did not want to be linked with the Hindutva tradition of Bharat so it refused to be part of India despite that the country was formed on the basis of linguistic nationalism.
“Why Bangladesh is a separate country despite it speaks Bangla as it is in Bharat? It is because that country also does not want to dissociate with Hindutva. Today India is united despite diversity of languages, religions, lifestyle and customs because of Hindutva. Hindutva accepts diversity, not divisions. That is why India is a Hindu Rashtra,” Bhagwat contended.
The RSS chief made it clear that the mammoth congregation was not a show of strength, but to make people understand that “essence of India is Hindutva”.
“Hindutva accepts diversity, not division. India needs to be strong not to capture new lands, but to win the hearts of people,” he added.