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Upendra Bharti | HENB | Nagpur | Oct 5, 2022:: Amid celebrations of Vijayadashami (Dussehra) here, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mohan Bhagwat, on Wednesday, said that women need to be treated with equality and empowered with freedom of making their own decisions. He also talked about the concept of Hindu Rashtra saying emphasis on the word Hindu for themselves and highlighted other issues like Sanatan Dharma and Equality, Population Control, National Security etc.
“Coincidentally, the delightful and honourable presence of today’s chief guest, Santosh Yadav, represents power (Shakti). Twice, she has climbed the great heights of Gauri Shankar,” he said.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) invited acclaimed mountaineer Smt. Santosh Yadav to be the chief guest at its annual Dussehra function. In the past RSS also invited some women dignitaries in Vijayadashmi function.
The annual Vijayadashami address is one of the main events of the Sangh and is considered an occasion where the RSS chief puts forth the Sangh stance on important issues.
The RSS chief said, “Our economy is returning to normalcy post-Covid and world economists are predicting that it will grow further. In sports also, our players make the country proud. Change is the rule of the world, but one should be firm on Sanatan Dharma.”
“The second type of obstacle that hinders our Sanatan Dharma is created by forces who are inimical to Bharat’s unity and progress. They spread Fake Narratives, encourage anarchy, engage in criminal acts, and foment terror, conflict and social unrest,” he said.
There have been many instances in the past when the RSS had invited noted women personalities on its stage as the chief guest of Dussehra rally, including Anusuyabai Kale, Rajkumari Amrut Kaur and Kumudtai Rangnekar, RSS Chief said.
Bhagwat said there is a need to give equal rights to women and freedom for taking decisions in the public and family works.
Women can do all work that can be done by men, but men cannot do all the work that women can do, this is their strength, he added.
He also laid emphasis on ‘Matri Shakti’ and pitched for equal participation of women in the growth and development of India.
“We must empower our women. Society cannot progress without women. Our prestige and credibility increased in the world. In the past, we put some restrictions on women although culturally we call them our mother out of respect. However, after the invasions that went on for decades, we legitimised those restrictions, Now this should be changed” he said.
ON HINDU RASHTRA
“The concept of Hindu Rashtra is being discussed all over. Many agree with the concept but are opposed to the word ‘Hindu’ & prefer to use other words. We don’t have any issue with that. For the clarity of concept, we will keep emphasising the word Hindu for ourselves,” Bhagwat said.
He further added, “Scare-mongering by some is done among so-called minorities that there is a danger to them because of us or organised Hindus. This is neither the nature of Sangh nor of Hindus. Sangh has a steely resolve to stand on the side of brotherhood, amity and peace.”
The Constitution engineered political and economic equality but without social equity, real and stable transformation is not possible, such a cautionary advice was given by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, he said.
“But the root cause of inequality is in our minds, social conditioning and habitual conduct,” he said.
Raising concerns over inequality, he said “unless temples, water sources and cremation grounds are open to all Hindus, till such time the talk of equality will be a mere pipe dream”.
“The Sangh resolves to stand on the side of brotherhood, amity and peace,” Bhagwat said.
OUTREACH TO MINORITIES
Bhagwat said fears had been spread about the RSS. “We do not want to conquer others. We just don’t want to be conquered and so we seek strength… But people scare, ‘arrey Sangh wale marenge (RSS people will beat us up)’… ‘The Hindu Sangathan will kick everyone out’.”
He added that “because of this fear, some members of the minority community have been meeting us”, and while it was “not new”, the Sangh wanted to continue it. “This spirit has been present since the time of Doctor saab (RSS founder K B Hedgewar)… This is increasing, and it is our wish that it continues to do so.”
Bhagwat also welcomed members of the minority community coming forward to condemn incidents in Udaipur and Amaravati (where suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet triggered violent protests). “It doesn’t happen always, but this time some prominent people from even the Muslim community opposed it… This should not be an exception,” he said, contrasting it to how “the Hindu society is outspoken in such matters, even when the accused is a Hindu”.
After the Udaipur incident, few prominent persons from within the Muslim society voiced their protest against it, Bhagwat stressed. And he hoped, “”This manner of protest should not be an isolated phenomenon within the Muslim society rather it should become the nature of their large sections.”
NEED OF POPULATION POLICY
“Population requires resources. If it grows without building resources, it becomes a burden. There is another view in which the population is considered an asset. We need to work on a population policy for all, keeping both aspects in mind,” Bhagwat said during his address.
He further added, “Religion-based population imbalance is an important subject not to be ignored. Population imbalances lead to changes in geographical boundaries. Alongside the differences in birth rate, conversions by force, lure or greed & infiltration are also big reasons.”
Population imbalance leads to changes in geographical boundaries… Population control & religion-based population balance is an important subject that can no longer be ignored…So a holistic population policy should be brought & should be equally applicable to all, RSS chief said.
Bhagwat said the country needs to “think about population”. “How many people can our country feed after 50 years?… What kind of education and healthcare can we provide…”
While underlining that even going the strict China way has its consequences — “When population stops increasing, societies disappear, languages disappear” — the RSS chief said a balance was needed. “Birth rate is only one part of this imbalance. But conversion by force and allurement is the biggest factor. Infiltration from across the border also is responsible.”
Calling for “a comprehensive population control policy”, Bhagwat underlined that “it should apply to all equally, and once it is put in motion, no one should get any concessions”.
NEW EDUCATION POLICY
While speaking about the New Education Policy, Mohan Bhagwat said, “It is a myth that English is important for a career. The New Education Policy should lead to students becoming highly cultured, good human beings who are also inspired by patriotism. This is everyone’s desire. Society needs to support this actively.”
Welcoming the fact that India is “becoming better and self-reliant” on national security, Bhagwat took up the concept of atma nirbhar. “… the path of progress is not simple and easy… So, one has to maintain flexibility… On the way we will face obstacles. The first obstacle is ourselves. This comes from conservatism… The idea is not to leave our core values, but build on them according to the times.”
“Self defence and defence of our own becomes a duty for everyone against those who spread hatred, commit injustice, atrocity, engage in acts of hooliganism and enmity towards society,” he said.
“Neither threatens nor gets threatened,” this kind of a Hindu society is a need of the present times. This is not anti-anybody. The Sangh has a steely resolve to stand on the side of brotherhood, amity and peace,” said Bhagwat.
Here is the full speech of Dr Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS Chief (Sarsanghchalak) which was streamed online in various channels this year.
Before delivering his speech of annual Vijyadashami speech at Reshim Bagh ground in Nagpur, the RSS Chief paid homage to the statue of Sangha Founder, Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and performed Shastra Pujan (worship of weapons) as per Hindu Tradition.
__Inputs from eOrganiser | Aaj Tak | Agencies.