Bhagwat's hate speech: 'Cites' Ambedkar, warns against Dalit-Muslim alliance
“Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat is following a divisive agenda which is leading to conflict in the society. The attacks on Dalits and Muslims have increased under the BJP rule. The suppressed communities are uniting under the leadership of BSP chief Mayawati and SP national president Akhilesh Yadav. Fearing defeat in the poll, the BJP and RSS leaders are jittery.”
Prayagraj: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Thursday that Dalit-Muslim alliance will degrade the nation as was said by Dr. Ambedkar.
"Now, efforts are being made for a Dalit-Muslim alliance. Babasaheb had himself termed these jihadis untrustworthy. We need to make people aware about this,” the RSS head was quoted saying.
Bhagwat’s comment came in the backdrop of a Dalit-Muslim alliance in Uttar Pradesh to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.
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Reacting on Bhagwat's remarks, Dr NKS More, associate professor, Ambedkar University, Lucknow, said: “If Bhagwatji has said this, then he is misquoting and misappropriating Ambedkar. It is a clear deviation from the perception of Dr BR Ambedkar on minority and ‘minorityism’.” He said that he was in close communion with Ambedkar's family in Pune and knows about his ideology. He believed in national solidarity and the Indian Constitution is the perfect example of it, he added.
Bahujan Samaj Party spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria said Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was the architect of the Constitution, adding that he promoted peace, harmony and equality among all the communities.
“Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat is following a divisive agenda which is leading to conflict in the society. The attacks on Dalits and Muslims have increased under the BJP rule. The suppressed communities are uniting under the leadership of BSP chief Mayawati and SP national president Akhilesh Yadav. Fearing defeat in the poll, the BJP and RSS leaders are jittery,” he said.
Several saints at the Dharam Sansad also warned against the Dalit-Muslim alliance.
They cited the Saharanpur incident, alleging that Muslims attacked a procession taken out by the BJP on Ambedkar Jayanti in April 2017. They also referred to several incidents across the country in which Dalits were attacked.
The public flogging of Dalits in Una, Gujarat on the issue of skinning cows was also raised at the Dharma Sansad.
“In all these incidents, Dalits were targeted in a planned manner to divide the Hindu community. Members of a particular community and some political parties are behind these attacks on Dalits,” said Govindadev Giri, a prominent saint while addressing the gathering.
Meanwhile, the RSS chief also asserted that 70% of the converts from the Hindu fold want to reconvert to Hinduism.
“Most of the converts want to come back to the Hindu religion. Our doors are open for them. We just have to assure them that they will be given all due respect when they reconvert to Hinduism,” said Bhagwat.
Bhagwat's hate speech is expected to create religious and political turbulence as his comments are viewed as repulsive and dogmatic.