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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat: Mob Lynching is Against the Principles of Hindutva

Mohan Bhagwat Urged Muslims to Come Out Of the Cycle of Fear and Start Dialogue

Main Points:

1.    RSS Chief touched on the sensitive and burning issue of mob lynching of Muslims.

2.    Mohan Bhagwat addressed the Muslim wing of the RSS, Rashtriya Muslim Manch .

3.    When Hindus and Muslims belong to the same race, only dofference in religion cannot be construed as disunity.


New Age Islam Correspondent

5 July 2021


Addressing an event organised by the Muslim Rashtriya Manch on the theme 'Hindustani First, Hindustan First', Mohan Bhagwat said that people can't be differentiated on how they worship. (File Photo)


On Sunday the 4th July, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed the Muslim wing of the RSS, Muslim Rashtriya Manch and spoke on a number of issues concerning Muslims. During his address he touched on the sensitive and burning issue of mob lynching of Muslims by cow vigilantes. He condemned mob lynching and said that mob lynching was against the principles of Hindutva. His statement has come at a time when a number of cases of mob lynching have taken place during the last few years and created an atmosphere of fear among the minority community. Mohan Bhagwat urged Muslims to come out of the cycle of fear and start dialogue. He said that problems could be solved through dialogue not discord.

Muslim Rashtriya Manch was founded in 2002 at the behest of the then chief of the RSS, K. Sudarshan who wanted to promote dialogue between Hindus and Muslims and the idea of nationalism among Muslims. Many famous Muslims including Maulana Hifzur Rahman Meerathi and Maulana Umer IIyasi are associated with it.

In the meeting Mohan Bhagwat also said that different communities have their own ways of worship and so they can't be differentiated or discriminated against on the basis of their way of worship.

In this address, Mohan Bhagwat also took a positive stance on Muslims. Until now, the RSS was of the view that Muslims were outsiders and invaders but Mohan Bhagwat is of the view that Muslims were the sons of the soil. He said that the DNA of all Indians was the same irrespective of religion and so the idea of Hindu-Muslim unity was misleading. He also rejected the idea of dominance of either Hindus or Muslims because, he said, Indians live in a democracy and in a democracy no community has an upper hand over the other.

Mohan Bhagwat's views on Hindu-Muslim unity, mob lynching and the place of Muslims in India has positive overtones and indicate a change in RSS' outlook on Muslims. When he said that mob lynching was against Hindutva, he reflected the principle of Vasudeva Kutumbakum and sent a message to the unruly and communal elements who tarnish the image of Hinduism by indulging in mob lynching.

He also raised a very important point that the issue of Hindu-Muslim unity arises only when there is disunity. When Hindus and Muslims belong to the same race, only difference in religion cannot be construed as disunity.

However, the proof of the pudding lies in the eating. If Mohan Bhagwat's words reflect the policy of the RSS, then mob lynching must stop and and an atmosphere of trust and peace should prevail in the country. The next weeks and months will show whether his speech was a mere exercise in image makeover on poll eve or a sincere expression of true nationalism.

In a nutshell, Mohan Bhagwat's speech can herald a new era in Hindu Muslim relations in the country and it is hoped that the extremist groups among both the communities will shun the culture of violence and work to build bridges on common cultural grounds.



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