Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has condemned those who are defaming India and giving its negative picture to outside world by using lynching. Lynching is a “western construct” and should not be used in the Indian context to defame the country. Addressing the Vijayadasami function to commemorate the foundation day of the RSS set up in 1925 by Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar at Nagpur, he said the word ‘lynching’ is alien to Indian ethos but comes from a separate religious text, and such terms should not be imposed on Indians. He lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for abrogating Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir saying some vested interests do not want the country to be strong, vibrant and remain united. Voicing his displeasure over several incidents of mob violence in the country, he said, “Lynching is not the word from Indian ethos, its origin is from a story in a separate religious text. We Indians trust in brotherhood. Don’t impose such terms on Indians.””Lynching itself is a western construct and one shouldn’t use it in the Indian context to defame the country,” he said. Bhagwat urged citizens to create harmony and that everyone should live within confines of law. “Swayamsevaks are brought up with that sanskar.”In the past few years, there has been transformation in “direction of thought process of Bharat”.”There are many people in the world and in Bharat as well who don’t want this. A developed Bharat creates fear in the minds of vested interests. Such forces will also not want Bharat to be strong and vibrant,” the RSS chief said in his first Vijayadasami address after the formation of the Modi led NDA government for the second innings. . Even well-meaning policies, statements from persons in government and administration were being misinterpreted to benefit nefarious designs by vested interests, he said ruefully.”We must be alert in identifying these plots and counter them on intellectual and social levels,” he said. Bhagwat said the world was eager to know if the 2019 elections in such a huge country will be conducted smoothly.”Democracy in India is not something imported from any country, but a practice which has been prevalent here since centuries,” Bhagwat said. India’s borders were now safer than ever, and more focus was needed on coastal security.”The number of guards and check-posts on land borders and surveillance along the maritime border, especially on islands, has to be increased.” Tuning to economic sector; he said the slowing down of world economy has left its impact everywhere.”The government has taken initiatives to tide over the situation in the last one-and-a-half months. Our society is entrepreneurial and will overcome these challenges,” he added (edited by Pranab Kumar Chakavarty).
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