On the occasion of Dushera on 30 Sep, while addressing the gathering of the RSS workers, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat gave his comments on the wandering Rohingya refugees.
Marking the beginning of the festival Bhagwat performed the Shastra Puja (weapons worship) and then delivered his annual Vijaya Dashami speech at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur. Speaking on the issue of the Rohingya Muslims who fled from Myanmar, Bhagwat questioned that this community is a threat to their own country then how can they not be a threat to India? He raised more questions that what these Rohingya Muslims were doing in India and why did they have to flee from their own nation?
The RSS leader warned that Myanmar had taken a bold step against the Rohingyas, and now if they are given shelter in India, whether on the basis of humanity or security, it will not be a good decision. He further added that the Rohingyas are a threat to the security of India and hence they should immediately be deported.
While addressing the gathering the RSS leader praised the Modi government saying that the results of the initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to completely eradicate terrorism and terrorists from the nation can be seen now. He said that the courage with which the Modi government is tackling the terrorists and the firing from across the borders are worth praising.
Bhagwat further said that the way Modi government has handled the separatists in Kashmir, the effect is visible. By eliminating the illegal economic sources of separatists, the government has regulated it’s false propaganda and inflammatory proceedings.
The political equations have once again stirred up at the statements given by the RSS leader. Responding to his comments on the Rohingya community the Congress leader PC Chacko said that the RSS and the Jihadi forces are a threat to the nation and not the Rohingyas. Other leaders like CPM Chief Sitaram Yechury and Congress leader Sandeep Dixit also criticised the statement of Mohan Bhagwat.
PC Chacko counter attacking Mohan Bhagwat said that wherever the jihadi forces and the Sangh Parivar remain, there will be a threat to the country. As far as Kerala and Bengal are concerned, there is no special condition for both the states. Chako said that the extremists in India are trying to gain power and hence the management of the government is weak.
These comments of Chacko come as a reply to the statements of Mohan Bhagwat. The RSS leader in his speech has said that everyone knows what is happening in Kerala and Bengal, the Jihadi forces are active there and the people are protesting but the state government is not carrying out its obligation.
Further attacking Mohan Bhagwat, the Congress leader said that RSS has its own agenda and that’s why it is targeting a group. He further said that if Bhagwat continued to complain like this, then no one would not take him seriously and the people should gather up a complaint against him to the Prime Minister.
While CPM Chief Sitaram Yechury condemned the live telecast of the speech of Mohan Bhagwat. He said that airing the speech live on the National Broadcasting Channel Doordarshan was wrong and he criticised it. He also questioned that was the speech of the RSS leader scrutinised properly before airing it on the channel live? This comment of Yechury come as on 15 Aug the speech of Chief Minister of Tripura was not aired given the reason that he would have to change the contents of the speech and make it more patriotic so that it connects with the feeling of the people on Independence Day.
Sitaram further said that this clearly shows that how the ruling BJP is playing with the democracy. When on one hand the speech of an opposition party Chief Minister is not even broadcasted, while on the other hand the speech of an RSS leader is aired live and the leader is not even chosen by the people.
Nagpur telecast reveals how this govt treats democracy. Opposition CM? No. But unelected bosses of RSS? Full coverage for divisive ideology.
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) September 30, 2017
CPI leader D. Raja also attacked Bhagwat and said that he does not agree with the statements of the RSS leader. He further added that is deliberately targeting non-BJP parties. In particular, the party is targeting Kerala, Bengal and Tripura. Raja further said that RSS trying to introduce his communal Hindu agenda, and by doing this the party id trying to divide the nation.
While Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that those who are raising voice against the government in West Bengal and Kerala are associated with Mohan Bhagwat. “I hope Kerala and Bengal government will take action against them. Those who were involved in violence would be arrested soon,” he said.
Commenting on the Rohingya issue, Sandeep, son of the former Delhi Chief Minister Shila Dikshit, that “I do not think that the Rohingyas are involved in ay terrorist activities in India. He also questioned that if India is having such a lot of problem in giving shelter to the refugees then when recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Myanmar why he did not ask his counter part there to call back the wandering community.