The RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat created political controversy on Sunday by saying that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity.
If inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans and USA are Americans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus, he said.
Bhagwat was in Mumbai on Sunday on the occasion of Krishna Janamashtami to attend the inauguration programme of the golden jubilee celebrations of the VHP.
Addressing gathering at the function, Bhagwat said “Hindustan is a Hindu nation . . . Hindutva is the identity of our nation and it (Hinduism) can incorporate others (religions) in itself.”
Mr. Bhagwat said that the goal of VHP in the coming five years would be to ensure equality among the Hindus of the nation.
“For the next 5 years we have to work with the aim of bringing equality among all the Hindus in the country. All Hindus should be drinking water at one place, should be praying at one place and after their death, their bodies should be burnt at the same place.” he said.
Last week at a function in Cuttak in Odisha , Mr Bhagwat had recommended that India is a Hindu state and “citizens of Hindustan should be known as Hindus”.
Political parties attack
Coming down heavily on Bhagwat, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, in a series of tweets, described the RSS chief as “Hitler” and said the Sangh should stop “fooling” innocent people by using religion in politics.
“I thought we had one Hitler in making but it seems now we have two! God save India!” Singh, also a known detractor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tweeted.
Hitting out at Bhagwat, Samajwadi Party accused the Sangh of practising politics of “hatred and separatism.”
“They use such words and language to fan social tension,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.