While all this has been going on, what we have heard so far from Bhagwat is only mild censure — that too, only once. In a lecture on ‘Hinduism and National Integration’, which he delivered in February in Nagpur, the RSS chief said, “The Dharm Sansad does not represent Hindu ideology. Whatever came out of the Dharm Sansad were not the words and deeds of a Hindu mind. If sometimes something is said in anger, then it is not Hindutva.”
But what, according to him, is Hindutva?
“Affinity towards all is what represents Hindutva.”
Fine words, but his disapprobation has fallen on deaf ears. Hindu extremist groups have wantonly continued their bigoted activities.
Such polarisation ahead of the upcoming crucial state assembly elections and the 2024 parliamentary election has become all the more necessary because of the growing public disenchantment over the Modi government’s economic mismanagement.
To divert people’s attention from the woes of their daily life, the RSS has been…