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Vijayadashami 2022: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat asks Swayamsevaks to stay firm on Sanatan Dharma, empower women and society

"Scare-mongering by some is being done that there is a danger to minorities because of us. This is neither the nature of Sangh nor of Hindus. Sangh resolves to stand on the side of brotherhood, amity and peace," the RSS chief said.

On Wednesday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) conducted a rally in the Nagpur district of Maharashtra on the occasion of Vijayadashami. The rally was organised in the Resham Bagh area of the city where all the RSS workers gathered to celebrate the Hindu festival of Dusshera together.

The rally was headed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who addressed the RSS workers at the organisational headquarters. He stated that women must be treated with equality and given the ability to make their own judgments. “No society can advance without women. We must empower our women”, he said.

Bhagwat’s remarks came in presence of mountaineer Santosh Yadav who was invited as the chief guest for the 2022 Dussehra celebrations. Yadav is the first woman to climb Mount Everest and she was honoured as the prime guest at the event on October 5. “In Sangh, there is an old tradition of welcoming intellectual and accomplished women guests in its programmes. The Shakha methodology of ‘Vyakti Nirman’ is being operated separately by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Rashtra Sevika Samiti”, Bhagwat noted.

He also praised Yadav and said that a woman represented Shakti (power) which needed to be empowered in a country like Bharat. “Women need empowerment. They have been locked in their homes and this is due to the foreign invasions that happened in the country in the past. Even today they have less freedom. Women are more capable than men and it’s high time for society to understand this”, he said.

Bhagwat meanwhile also talked about Sanatan Dharma and said that one must firmly follow the Sanatan Dharma. “Our country is progressing, socially and economically. Post-COVID, India has managed to get back to normalcy and world economists are predicting that the country will grow further. Change is the rule of the world, but one should be firm on Sanatan Dharma”, he was quoted.

He said that people who are against Bharat’s unity and progress are creating huge obstacles to hinder the Sanatan Dharma. “They spread Fake Narratives, encourage anarchy, engage in criminal acts, and foment terror, conflict and social unrest”, he said. He also added that while people agree with the concept of ‘Hindu Rashtra’, they oppose the usage of the word ‘Hindu’ and prefer to use a different word instead. “We don’t have any issue with that. For the clarity of concept – we will keep emphasizing the word Hindu for ourselves”, he stated.

Bhagwat further pointed out the problem of religion-based population imbalance faced by the country at present. He condemned activities of forced conversions carried out by Islamists and Christians and stated that conversions by force, lure or greed and infiltration were the biggest reasons for religion-based population imbalance. “Religion-based population imbalance is an important subject not to be ignored. Population imbalances lead to changes in geographical boundaries”, he said.

He also said that the minority communities in the country were being deliberately made to believe RSS was dangerous. Recently, the Central Government banned the extremist terrorist organisation named Popular Front of India (PFI) which had aimed at making India the Islamic Republic by the year 2047 by creating a rift between the RSS and the minority communities in India. The PFI had planned a strategy to project RSS as a ‘casteist’ organisation and form close alliances with the SC/ST/OBC community. This would help PFI in attaining their goal at ease.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat however said that RSS has always respected people belonging to minority communities. “Scare-mongering by some is being done that there is a danger to minorities because of us. This is neither the nature of Sangh nor of Hindus. Sangh resolves to stand on the side of brotherhood, amity and peace. Temple, water, and cremation ground should be common for all. We should not fight over pity things”, he said.

Police have increased security around the city of Nagpur and have deployed around 4,000 officers amid the Vijayadashami celebrations at RSS headquarters. Along with RSS Chief and mountaineer Santosh Yadav, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis also attended the event. Bhagwat, accompanied by other RSS leaders also paid homage at the Samadhi Sthal of RSS founder Dr Hedgewar.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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Siddhi Somani
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