One day after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat called for religious harmony in the country, Nawab Malik of the NCP welcomed the remark and said: a good thing.
“When Bhagwat ji changes his heart, we applaud his attitude,” Malik was quoted as saying ANI.
In addition to Malik, Jitendra Awhad also welcomed the comment.
“I applaud the RSS chief’s statement that it will bring peace. He’s been saying exactly what we’ve been saying for over 100 years. This change of heart is welcome,” Jitendra Awhad was quoted as saying ANI.
The head of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat, called for religious harmony on Sunday at an event organized by the Muslim wing of RSS, Muslim Rashtriya Manch. He said: “The DNA of all Indians is the same regardless of their religion”.
He said that nationalism should be the basis of unity among the people of the country.
“Development is not possible without unity in the country. The basis of unity should be nationalism and the glory of ancestors,” he said.
He said India was a democracy and there could not be dominance by Hindus or Muslims, only Indians.
Speaking about incidents related to lynching, he said those involved were against Hindutva’s ideology. He said, “The unity of Hindu Muslims is misleading as they are not different, but one,” and added, “People cannot be distinguished in their worship”.
Bhagwat called on Muslims on Sunday not to get “caught in the cycle of fear” that Islam was in danger in India. “Do not get caught up in the vicious circle of fear that Islam is in danger in India,” he said at the event.
At the beginning of his speech, Bhagwat said that he was not attending the event because of an image makeover or the politics of the vote bank.
Bhagwat said the sangh was not involved in politics or bothered to maintain an image. “It continues its work to strengthen the nation and the good of all in society,” he said.
(With contributions from agencies)