On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed an enthusiastic gathering here at the Science City auditorium of Kolkata. During this event, the core message conveyed through the RSS chief revolved around the spirit of “nationalism”. He said that we should take an inspiration from Sister Nivedita, who in spite of being a foreigner has left a profound impact on our culture. In this context, he referred to the context of Ganga. he said, “Many tributaries join the Ganga across its course, but the Ganga remains the Ganga.”
The RSS Chief called for an “Akhand Bhartiyata” or Nationalism pledging to resolve all the differences between the Hindus and the Muslims. He stated that “we may have different ‘chitt’ (mind), but despite that, we can walk together. There will be differences in opinion, but for Bharat, we have to walk together. Bharat is our Dharma and we have to look forward to Ek Bharat.”
Briefing his views on the Sachar committee Mohan Bhagwat said that he is thoroughly opposed to the ideology that Muslims and Hindus are different. Referring to the roots of nationalism forming the cornerstone of integrity he narrated an incident.
He said,” The Muslim scholar was a former MP, and once he asked me why I opposed Sachar committee… He admitted that we were all Hindus a long time ago, adding that since they had a habit of singing bhajan (when they were Hindus) – they are now into Qawwali now. I am not saying this. These are his (Muslim scholar) words. He had said that Sachar committee will help us understand our history through education and then the conflict will end forever. I told him that I am aware of these facts and Dr. Keshav Rao Hedgewar told me this in 1925. I further told him that the problem is that the people he represents are not aware of these facts. I told him that educate these people, and I will withdraw by opposition to Sachar Committee. I told him that we have digested so many things in the past, but in recent past, there was some indigestion (Hamara Hamza Kharab Ho Gaya Tha).”
Mohan Bhagwat cited sister Nivedita’s message of nationalism to discard the feeling of communalism prevailing in the nation. He pointed that Sister Nivedita left such a strong message for us to be followed. She said that unless we stop aiming at each other’s throats and minimise the internal differences we cannot find peace amongst us.
Mohan Bhagwat’s Kolkata visit was mired with a lot of controversies when his visit scheduled for September 6th for the same event to be organized by Sister Nivedita Trust, was canceled by the authorities of Mahajati Sadan ( his previous venue) under the pretext of undergoing renovation task.
Bhagwat’s visit was also under close watch by the state administration because ever since the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, the Sangh Parivar’s membership in the state has increased 5 times. The Sangh Parivar has garnered membership from the Hindus as well as the Muslim community, who are striving hard for the development of Bengal.
This was Bhagwat’s third visit to Bengal in last 10 months, the first being the Hindu sammelan on January 14th at the Brigade Parade Grounds, the largest venue for holding any political gathering.