Centre weak on acting against terrorism, Naxalism: RSS chief

published on February 24, 2010










Kollam (Kerala): Accusing the UPA government of failing to act firmly against terrorism originating from Pakistan and Naxal threat, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today said indecisiveness on these challenges has become a major threat to the nation.

The government is claiming that it has adopted a “humanitarian approach” on these issues grossly overlooking the grim threat posed by them, Bhagwat told a massive gathering of over one lakh RSS volunteers in Kollam, Kerala.

“Over three lakh Kashmiri Pandits have been displaced from their home state over three generations. It is difficult to understand as to why the government is not adopting a humanitarian approach towards them while being soft towards terrorism,” he said.

According to Bhagwat, the failure to act in a determined manner to root out Naxalism posed a serious threat to many parts of the country. “While the Centre was blaming the state governments, the latter, in turn, are putting the blame at the Centre’s doorsteps for failure to tackle Naxalism,” he said.

Alluding to the Shiv Sena slogan of ‘Mumbai for Marathis’, he said the RSS did not subscribe to such parochial approach as it believed that every Indian had a right to travel and live in any part of the country.

However, this should apply in the case of Jammu and Kashmir also where restrictions continued on account of the special constitutional status granted to that state, he said. The RSS chief also came down heavily on the Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments for proposing reservation based on religion, as part of “minority appeasement policy”, which he said was a dangerous trend.

Referring to reports about border incursions by China, he said the neighbouring country was doing this as it nursed the ambition of becoming superpower in Asia and dominate even over India.

On the Ram temple issue, Bhagwat said it was due to lack of unity among the Hindus that the goal of building a temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi could not be achieved.

The urgent task before India was to become a model for the entire humanity based on principles of Hindutva and ancient concepts like “unity in diversity” and the “whole humanity is a single family”, Bhagwat said.

Without mentioning any particular religion, he said the fundamental aim of terrorism was to bring the entire humanity under one faith.

In sharp contrast, what India should offer to the world was an ideology of helping each other and treating every human being as member of a single family, he said.

However, the tendency to “imitate others” and the inability to take firm decisions on vital issues had pushed the country to an unfortunate situation. The country could emerge out of this only by organising the society on the basis of Hindu dharma and culture and not by depending on the charisma of any particular leader or slogans, he said.

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