Hindu and terrorism are contradictory words: RSS chief

Hindu and terrorism are contradictory words: RSS chief
TNN, Jan 2, 2011,

PUNE: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has strongly criticised the tendencies among the Congress-led dispensation at the centre for targeting the Sangh by associating it with terrorism to divert public attention from corruption and scams. 

"Those ruling the country find it convenient to make a scapegoat out of the RSS when they are themselves unable to deal with a situation of their own making," Bhagwat said at the concluding ceremony of the fifth Vishwa Sangh Shivir 2010 a grand conclave that is organised after every five years by the Sangh's international arm, the Hind Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) at Balewadi here on Sunday. 

The HSS has a network of 750 shakhas' (branches) in 35 countries including the US, UK, France and the Scandinavian countries. Over 517 HSS activists from these countries participated in the five-day international conclave, which focused on Hinduism, the Sangh and its social work, the youth and promotion of cultural studies, among other issues. 

Bhagwat also called upon Hindus in India to organise themselves in a way that they are viewed as model citizens by Hindus settled abroad. "Unless the Hindus in India are respected, how can we expect the Hindus across the world to be respected?" he asked. 

According to Bhagwat, "A Hindu can never harm any person from another religion. Even the most illiterate of Hindus knows this, because it is ingrained in his/her culture. Unfortunately, we have to keep reminding this, off late, because of the selfish strategies of leaders from our own country to paint the Hindus in a bad picture in an attempt to stick to power." 
He said, "Hindu and terrorism are two contradictory words. Even people in Pakistan haven't dared so far to make any reference about Hindu Terrorism', but leaders in our own country are coining new terms every other moment, talking about saffron terrorism' and more recently majority terrorism'. Why bring a bad name to our own people?" 

Bhagwat said, "Equating a couple of incidents here and there with the sort of activities normally associated with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and involving the Sangh's name has become a convenient ruse. Whereas, the fact remains that the ruling alliance fears the growing mass base of the values promoted by the Sangh. Every time, they see a threat to their power, the RSS bogey is raised." 

"Martyrs are being humiliated in our own country and our own leaders are bent on reducing India's stature internationally," said Bhagwat. "It is often the case that the evil person always desires to test the tolerance of the good human being, unmindful of the fact that there will be consequences at some point of time," he said. 

Earlier, industrialist Abhay Firodia, who presided over the ceremony, spoke about the need for people to build apt pressure against corruption and scams and seek greater transparency in public life. 

Shankarrao Tatwavadi, who heads the HSS international activities, provided an overview about the HSS work. Senior Sangh leaders including Madan Das Devi, former RSS chief K S Sudarshan, Rashtriya Sevika Samiti head Pramiltai Medhe, Bajranglal Gupta, RSS Pune city chief Mohan Ghaisas were among those present. 

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  1. History proved beyond doubt that the followers of Hinduism scarcely adopted violence. This is the very reason why our Motherland has been ravaged by hordes of warriors from North, West and Noth-west. When Raja Raja Chola attacked Sri Lanka during night and burnt it using fire arrows, he repented building the Tanjore temple. By and large Hindus have always been peace lovers. Our holymen pray for the welfare of entire world and whenever a Hindu does a worship, he ends it with a Shanti Mantra praying for peace for everyone and the elements. Shivaji has used his power to protect our temples. Similarly Sri Krishna Deva Raya protected our religion from the onslaught of Muslims. It has become fashionable now-a-days to appear to be Hindu hating. If a person who respects and tries to protect his religion is called a terrorist, then Congress (I) would end up calling all the pious persons on this planet as 'terrorists'. Perhaps, immediately after independence, senior Congress leaders stopped singing 'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram' as Mohandas Gandhi was no more. Nehru was an agnostic and so the sycophants desisted from talking anything favourable about Hinduism. This was followed by Indira who did not much care about religion anyway. Poor Rajiv and Rahul and non-Hindus and their current leadership of Sonia and Manmohan Singh are not Hindus. I do not mean to say that just because they were non-Hindu they are Hindu-haters. But because they were non-Hindus, they cannot understand that Hinduism is a peace loving religion. The junior cadres of the party do not know how to defend their corrupt and inefficient governance. So, they decided that black painting RSS is the best tactic to divert public attention.