Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mohan Bhagwat says cow-protection issue 'goes beyond religion'

Mohan Bhagwat says cow-protection issue 'goes beyond religion'

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Addressing a crowd which had gathered in Nagpur on the occasion of Vijay Dashami, Bhagwat said, "It is reprehensible that some people have been killed allegedly by gaurakshaks".

Bhagwat backed the cow vigilantes and said that they worked well within the legal framework and it would be unfair to link them with violence or 'communal feelings without knowing or neglecting the facts'.

He assured that those who are genuinely into cow protection, including many Muslims, had nothing to fear and they could carry on their activities of running cow shelters (gau shalas), cow management, etc unhindered. He said that the issue was beyond religion and even several Muslims have sacrificed their life this cause.

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".

Focussing his address on nationalism, the RSS chief said that the Rohingyas "were sent packing from Myanmar because they were involved in terrorism", adding that efforts must be made to ensure the country's safety and sovereignty, Times of India reported.

"Cows are used more for their urine and dung than milk in our country".

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Bhagwat also stressed the need to encourage the rural economy, organic and cow-based farming, boost the informal sectors to generate more employment which in turn could ease the pressures on urban centres arising out of rural unemployed migration.

Apparently referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stern warning against violence in the name of cow, Bhagwat asked RSS volunteers, who are "piously involved in the activity", not to get distracted with the statements of "highly placed persons in the government" and remarks by the Supreme Court asking governments to act against those involved in lynching incidents.

The cow is a sacred animal for Hindus and vigilante groups that claim to be working to stop its smuggling and killing have been behind a string of attacks in recent years, some of them leading to deaths. Jihadi forces active there. "This way we can ensure economic progress", said Bhagwat, much like the government which has laid emphasis on skill development and asked people to go for self-employment rather than depending on government to provide jobs.

Just see how bravely and with determination, we protected the nation in Doklam without compromising pride. Bhagwat said that there were repeated attempts to create disturbance in border areas but security forces and police were being strengthened by the union government to protect the country.

He also slammed the Mamata Banerjee led government in West Bengal and the Left government in Kerala for "patronising infiltrators".

The RSS also said that while the government was making policies for the improvement of lives of the people, especially the financially weaker sections, scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribe (ST), the implementation of these policies should be at a greater pace to help the beneficiaries.

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