The Hindutva ideal of Akhand Bharat has held firm but its spatial, chronological extents remain hazy
Hindu nationalists view the 1947 Partition of India as only the most recent in a long series of divisions of the territory of ancient Bharat. For them, the territorial concept, drawn from ancient Hindu texts, is that the entire landmass between the Indian Ocean and the Himalayas is Bharat.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday called for using strength and tact to counter "forces seeking to divide the people" of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and said trouble-makers only understood the language of power.
In a Twitter exchange with senior journalist R Jagannathan, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju ended up calling Mahatma Gandhi a 'rascal' and a 'British agent'.
Senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar has appealed to the youth in the country to take a vow to unite parts of India separated from it and make the dream of 'Akhand Bharat' a reality.
Fears of return of the separatist movement have been rising since mainstream parties and fringe players started pursuing the Panthic agenda in the state.
Madhav clarified his statement claiming he was quoted out of context in an oped piece in The Indian Express, where he wrote, "I feel sad that my interview was used to diminish the importance of the PM’s path-breaking gesture. We in politics need to look at the immediate — at the most, the next three, four, or five years. Some of us, who have imbibed the generational vision of the RSS, tend to get trapped in political incorrectness."
By making a ‘profound’ statement on the concept of Akhand Bharat and choosing the absolutely wrong time for it, Ram Madhav has undermined his position within the BJP and the RSS.
Contrary to what peace-wallahs think, it is not India's job to rescue Pakistan from theocratic mess or any other crisis they pass through. In fact, we would have been in every kind of sectarian strife if we had had a united India in 1947