Varanasi/Mumbai: In a surprising but welcoming admission RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday said the communal and social tension is the result of British’s divide and rule policy and remains main hurdle for India to become a world power.
“We have always been one. Before 1857, there was Hindu-Muslim amity in the country. But the British, in 1905 formed the Muslim League and spread radicalism in the society. Some people are still continuing it,” Bhagwat said, adding that those uncomfortable with India’s rise globally were spreading false narratives by distorting history to create tension in the society.
On Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagwat said while learning about his life, people may find it hard to believe that such a great man was there in this world and added that the RSS chief said India has always given a message of peace, unity and harmony to the world, according to PTI.
Bhagwat’s statements made while speaking on the last day of an ‘Interaction Meet’ at the Trade Facilitation Centre in in Varanasi are surprising because RSS and Muslim League both are accused of fomenting communal divide and playing divisive politics.
Soon after the partition when Mahatma Gandhi was murdered in broad day light, it was the RSS which was blamed for the brutal incident. Though it denies the allegation, the killer of Mahatma Gandhi Nathuram Godse is widely believed to be linked with the Sangh. The allegation of RSS link with Mahatma Gandhi murder resurfaced recently after some groups allegedly affiliated with the Sangh tried to establish “Nathuram Godse Temple”.
The RSS and its political arm Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) are also accused of staging communal riots in India. After 2006 Malegaon blast, some Hindus who were arrested as accused were also said to have been enjoying the sympathy of some of the Sangh leaders. Photographs of some of the Hindus accused of terror attacks in Malegaon, Ajmer, Hyderabad, Nanded and on Samjhauta Express with RSS and BJP leaders are also available in public domain.
Mohan Bhagwat's statements also come at a time when the communal and social tension in India has escalated after Modi became prime minister of the country in 2014. The opposition parties and rights bodies accuse RSS and BJP for the present tension between different communities in India.
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