Like every year, this time too, the address of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohanrao ji Bhagwat was held at the headquarters of the Sangh in Nagpur. The country’s major media institutions, political parties, administration and social organizations look forward to this address every year with hope and curiosity. Many topics were discussed in this conversation. The brief roadmap of the Sangh on all the subjects like Manipur, Sangh’s activities, social harmony, social contact, family enlightenment, Sangh’s preparation for the third wave of Corona, environment, cleanliness etc. was shown in this speech.
Along with all this, Sarsanghchalak ji in his speech made a very sensitive mention of the efforts of the Sangh to take two steps among the Muslims. He said- “After all, how did people living in the same country become so strangers? You will have to keep your mind cool and accept everyone as your own.” From the point of view of balance among all the communities of the country, he said – there should not be indiscretion and imbalance. He further said, “Don’t believe that the war was going on and now there has been ceasefire.” The Sangh chief said that this mentality is not right that because of them we are not getting what we are getting or because of them we are facing injustice. He said that victim hood mentality will not work. There is no victim, he said, ‘They say that I don’t get a house in any colony, so I have to live in my own colony. People living in the same country have become so alien? It is clear that everyone has to think about this.
Last year, many volunteers were also watching the meeting of the Sangh Pramukh with some eminent Muslim brothers with a critical eye. Meanwhile, this conversation is like a path for all of us Indians. Positive acceptance by all parties of such “initiative” and “taking two steps forward” by a powerful and world’s largest organization like the Sangh now appears to be the only path to co-existence.
In fact, the Sarsanghchalak of the Sangh is keeping his view towards this country the same as the head of a family should. According to the country, time and circumstances, the Sangh will do whatever it deems appropriate to take this country to the pinnacle of glory. Param Vaibhavam Netumetat Swarashtraam. The phonetic meaning of the Sanghpramukh’s words always remains the same. He has been continuously addressing both Hindu and Muslim parties in a Guru-like manner. At least in today’s era, this is the assigned role of the Sanghpramukh. Last year itself, Sangh’s Sarsanghchalak ji had said for the Muslim brothers in an interview – “There is no threat to Islam, but we are big, we were kings once, we should become kings again…this feeling will have to be given up.” He further said that Hinduism is our identity, nationality and our tendency to accept everyone as our own and to take everyone along and Islam is not a threat in the country, but it will have to give up the feeling of ‘we are big’.
In fact, many things have been added to the present day Indian Islam by the anti-nationals which are not actually part of the original Islam. This is where all the fights arise from. For example, there is no mention of Ghazwa-e-Hind in the Quran, but by teaching the lesson of Ghazwa-e-Hind in the name of Quran, the uneducated Muslim community is being made extremely fanatic and anti-national. The feeling of “We were the kings of India and will become kings again” arises from this Hadith of Ghazwa-e-Hind. In fact, the term Ghazwatul Hind (Arabic) or Ghazwa-e-Hind’ (Urdu) was coined by misinterpreting a Hadith, Sunan An-Nisai 3175. Deoband has strongly opposed it and has also given many authentic explanations in this regard. The Sangh chief also clearly means that we can move forward together only by leaving words like these. “We have ruled India for eight centuries and we will rule here again.” “Will kill the idol worshippers, will chop them up”. “There is no true religion except Islam”, such things are not in the original Quran. All this terrorist and hate filled spice was later added to the Quran by the fundamentalists.
Khawaja Iftikhar Ahmed’s book, “The Meeting of Minds: A Bridging Initiative” is a book that addresses many issues, doubts and problems of Islam. In his review of this book, Muslim thinker Mohammad Anas wrote that “Indian Muslims are geographical Hindus”. Mohammed Anas wrote – “The RSS derives its strength from its philosophy of non-conformity and the idea of Hindu identity… They consider India a divine land where Hindutva has the first right to exist.” They call every soul born in this part of the earth a Hindu.” He also underlined the writer’s mindset that – “Indian Muslims should be aware of this reality and accept the fact that they are geographically Hindus. and thus they are a part of this land and have every right to practice their faith”. He considers the Ayodhya decision to be a very important turning point in the path of Indian Islam and wants Indian Muslims to consider this decision as a This should be accepted as a positive change. But, such writers, critics, thinkers etc. are rejected by fundamentalist Indian Muslim religious leaders as infidels through international funds or by the power of rich Muslim leaders.
In this book, in the chapter titled “Where did we go wrong”, Iftikhar Ahmed throws light on the traditional mindset of the Muslim community and their blind faith in the wrong idea of secularism. According to Ahmed, it is because of the reluctance and one-sided thinking of the Muslim community to communicate and discuss with the rest of the society that issues like Ram Temple, General Civil Code, CAA, NRC, NPR were considered controversies. He tries to explain the Rath Yatra and Ayodhya dispute in great detail. Istikhar Ahmed gives an objective analysis of the various strategies adopted by the BJP and the reasons for its success. Ahmed advises them to reconsider their beliefs, choices and priorities, develop and apply them wisely. In his view, the work done by the present government in the fields of economic, military and foreign policy is a testament to the remarkable efforts made by the BJP for the betterment of the country. They blame Congress and its appeasement policy for the poor condition of Muslim citizens in India. Urging the Muslim community to introspect and urge nationalism. Thus, this year’s Sangh Dussehra address, which was mainly dedicated to its all-inclusive approach, should be followed from these ideological angles.
(The author is Official Language Advisor in the Ministry of External Affairs)