June 10, 2016 3:29:26 am
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the US Congress to underline that allegiance to India’s cultural heritage was the sole basis for the country’s emotional unity. Bhagwat was speaking at the valedictory function of 978 participants of the RSS training camp, in its third year, here on Thursday.
“The Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke without belittling any nation, keeping the self-respect of his own country intact and sought to drive home what India feels about the goings-on in the world today in a language that would be understood by all. In doing so, he extolled the importance (Mahimamandal) of the host country but it was not praise,” Bhagwat said.
“There was the issue of environment (in his speech) and also the need for individual liberty. He spoke of civilisational ethos. What is it? Our minds have the lasting impression of those values. When those values awaken, Bharat becomes strong but when we forget those values, we come to the brink of collapse through expressions of smaller identities,” Bhagwat added.
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On the concept of motherland, Bhagwat said, “We have a pious connect with the land which we have likened to motherhood. In many other countries, it is likened to fatherhood. It is this common thread of motherhood that binds us all. It’s not an artificial basis. That’s why we say ‘hail to motherland’ (Bharat mata ki jai).”
Saying that race, religion, caste were all man-made and could not be the basis for unity, Bhagwat said, “C K Annadurai had come to power in Tamil Nadu through the Dravidian identity, which is said to be different from North Indian Aryan identity. But when China attacked India, the same Annadurai said that the attack on the Himalaya was an attack on Tamil Nadu.”
“There is so much of diversity in our country but there are some eternal values (sanatan mulya) that have been flowing through the generations. The makers of the Constitution also stressed on achieving emotional unity amongst us all. When we say we are from Bharat, it means we are connected to that ancient culture, which the world recognises as Hindu. We all trace our connection to that culture, and hence, all of us are Hindus,’ Bhagwat said.
He added, “Many criticise the RSS due to ignorance. They should come and see how it works and how so much comes out of it. The credit, however, does not belong to any person or party. It belongs to the entire society.” The editor of the Wartaman media group, Ranthidev Sengupta, was the chief guest at the function.
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