Kolkata: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said his organisation was working to make the Hindu community united and strong, asserting it is "not opposed to anybody". Bhagwat also said it's only the weakness of Hindus in Bangladesh that's to be blamed for their oppression.
He was speaking at an RSS rally for which the city police had earlier refused permission. The Calcutta high court had allowed RSS to hold the programme on Friday.
"We have formed this organisation not to oppose anybody, but to strengthen ourselves. The Hindu Samaj has a glorious history in this country," he said. "Despite such a glorious history, is the condition of the Hindu Samaj same as the way it should have been? Are the Hindus able to perform their religious rites and activities freely and fairly across India? Are human rights of the Hindus well established in this country?" he asked.
"If the answer is no, then why are you surprised when Hindus are being oppressed in Bangladesh? Hindus are responsible for their own condition. Hindus are facing this situation because they are not united and strong. We should work in uniting the Hindu Samaj, without opposing anybody," Bhagwat said.
In October last year during the Durga Puja festival, the RSS had complained to state governor KN Tripathi that Hindus were not being able to perform their religious rites properly in some parts of the state.
In a subtle dig at the state administration, which had opposed the rally, Bhagwat said it is always fun to work and reach the target despite all odds and hurdles. "Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the founder of RSS, despite all odds had formed this organisation for the unity of Hindus. Many people had opposed us and our work, but we are standing firm," he said, asking the RSS cadres to increase their activities to strengthen the Hindu community.
"We all need to take a oath that to strengthen Bharat, the Hindu Samaj has to unite and spread the message of love. You should spend one-third of your time each day and one-third of your income in the development of the country. You should not stand outside, rather you have to be part of this developmental process," Bhagwat said.
Updated Date: Jan 14, 2017 19:40:19 IST