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Missionaries won’t be succesful in converting Hindus, because they don’t have strength: Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raking up the issue of conversions, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said such attempts are unlikely to be successful in the country as the missionaries “do not have the strength”.Bhagwat pitched for Hindu unity and asked members of the community to come together irrespective of caste and language.”…after converting people to Christianity in the US, Europe, they (missionaries) are eyeing Asia. China calls itself secular, but will it allow itself to come under Christianity? No. Will Middle-East countries let it happen? No. They now think India is the place.”But they should keep it in mind, notwithstanding their strong push over 300 years, only six per cent of Indian population could be converted to Christianity. Because they do not have strength,” he said.The chief made the remarks while delivering valedictory address at Virat Hindu Sammelan, organised by Bharat Sevashram Sangh in Vansda in the district.Bhagwat sought to buttress his point by saying how two churches, one in the US and another in Birmingham in the UK, were converted into Ganesh temple and offices of Vishwa Hindu Parishad respectively, by a Hindu businessman in America.”This is the condition (of missionaries) in their own countries and they want to convert us. They cannot do it, they do not have that strength,” he added.Bhagwat asked Hindus to remember “who they are” and that their culture is “superior”.”Hindu community is in trouble. Which country are we living in? Our own country. This is our land, from the Himalayas (in the north) to the sea (in south). This is the land of our ancestors. Bharat Mata is mother of us all.”We have forgotten ourselves. We are all Hindus. Let our castes, languages we speak, regions we come from, gods we worship be different. Those who are sons of Bharat Mata, are Hindus. Hence, India is called Hindustan,” he said.Terming Hindu religion as one based on truth, Bhagwat said Hindus never tried to convert people pursuing other religions as they believe in co-existence.He urged people of all religions to “walk together” to make the world a better place and India a world leader.He reaffirmed the RSS stand that Hindus and non-Hindus living in “integrated India” have common ancestors who share the same DNA.Bhagwat urged the attendees to reach out to their “brothers”, to whom they have not gone for ages, keeping aside differences of caste, religion and language.”We should go to our brothers whom we have not gone to for ages. We did not go to them and hence these things (spread of other religions) are happening. We should go to them to share their pain, cooperate with them and perform our long-forgotten duty to make them aware of who they are, that we have common ancestors,” he added.

Ratan Tata meets Mohan Bhagwat at RSS headquarters

Wed, 28 Dec 2016-08:50pm , Nagpur , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Locked in a bitter boardroom battle with ousted Tata group chairman Cyrus Mistry, industrialist Ratan Tata visited the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on Wednesday.Tata, currently the interim chairman of the country’s biggest conglomerate, was with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for about 20 minutes, a senior functionary of the Sangh, the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP, told PTI.Earlier in the afternoon, Tata was received by RSS functionaries on his arrival at the airport, he said. Tata first visited the memorial to RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and paid his respects. From there he drove to the RSS headquarter to meet Bhagwat.

No ‘remote control’, RSS wants to build strong nation with Hindutva at its core: Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the organisation was not a “remote control” and its aim was to build a strong nation with ‘Hindutva’ at its core. “The Sangh’s aim is to build a strong India with the right leader and with Hindutva at its core,” Bhagwat said, addressing the concluding function of a four-day-long meeting of RSS pracharaks from Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa here.”There is a need to bring the right kind of change in the society based on the ideology of Hindutva,” he said. RSS will strive to bring about right changes in the society to make the nation strong in the hands of a “right leader”, he said without naming anyone.”RSS is not a remote control,” he said in an apparent reference to the allegation of opposition parties that it dictates terms to the BJP-led NDA Government. “Many misgivings about the Sangh are prevailing in the society for various reasons and people talk about the Sangh without knowing about it or the essence of its activities.”RSS is for peace and solution to all kinds of problems faced by the world and India, and Hindutva is the core of Hindustan, it is its identity,” RSS supremo said. “It is wrong to look at Hindutva as an ideology of a particular religion or community. Sangh does not ask anybody his caste or creed when he joins us after believing in our ideology,” he said. Bhagwat also said RSS does not take any help from the government. “RSS does not beg for financial assistance from anybody,” he said. “RSS is not for those who want to make money…only those whose integrity is not doubtful can become its members,” he said. The world has now begun to recognise the importance of Hinduism, he said.

4-day meet of RSS pracharaks from tomorrow, Mohan Bhagwat to attend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has planned a four-day meeting of its pracharaks here from tomorrow, where Mohan Bhagwat, head of the organisation, would remain present. Bhagwat is scheduled to arrive in the city late tonight for the meeting, an RSS office-bearer said.”RSS has organised a meeting of regional pracharaks between December 17 and 20. The meetings will take place on the Swaminarayan temple premises located on the outskirts of the city,” Bhaskar Bhatt, media in-charge of central Gujarat of RSS, said, RSS chief Bhagawat and other office-bearers will attend the meeting, he said.”Tomorrow, a meeting of pracharaks from western region, comprising Goa, Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Gujarat, will be held. On Sunday, regional pracharaks from across the country will meet,” he said.According to Bhatt, on Monday, full-time RSS pracharaks from India, will hold discussions. “On the last day, Bhagwat will hold a meeting with industrialists before addressing a general meeting in the city. Thereafter, he will leave for Ahmedabad,” Bhatt said.Chief Minister of Goa (Laxmikant Parsekar), Maharashtra (Devendra Fadnavis) and Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) are likely to pay a visit to the meeting, Bhatt said.

People are free to join or leave the RSS: Mohan Bhagwat

New Delhi: Terming RSS as a unique model of human development in the world, its Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said people are free to join or leave Sangh at their will and there is no ‘boundation’, but to understand the organisation one should have an open mind.

File image of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

File image of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

“It is important to make efforts to understand the RSS. But to understand the RSS one must have an open mind that is free of presumptions, biases and pure curiosity,” he said speaking at an event to mark the 90 years of the organisation.

He termed RSS as addictive, saying those who get used to it, cannot move away.

“This is the reason some might not join the organisation. One is free to join or leave RSS, on his own will. There is no boundation,” Bhagwat said, adding RSS is unique model in the world of human development.

“There is comparable to it. Very rare you came across bunch of people who work for the development of society by taking all sections along with them, he said.

Elaborating RSS’ evolution, he said the organisation was involved in the freedom struggle but we never had the time to talk about it.

He reiterated that whosoever born in India is Hindu and added that ‘Hindu’ and ‘Bharatiya’ are words with same meaning.

However, he said unity in diversity which is keeping the country together and the characteristic of India comes from culture of ancient times.

At the event, founder of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) founder Milind Kamble was also present who said that I was ABVP leader and worked for BJP also. He also welcomed the demonetisation move.

Besides him, Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsh Vardhan were also present at the event.

First Published On : Dec 2, 2016 09:47 IST

Narendra Modi, Mohan Bhagwat only see women as India’s mothers or daughters and little more

By Ila Ananya

In the last few days, we have seen three things appear over and over again in the news. On 9 November, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision, followed by his emotional speech about his many ‘sacrifices’ for this nation. We’ve heard him claim that his demonetisation decision is ‘kadak chai’ for the rich, and now he’s even called his move a “mahayajna of honesty”. Second, we have RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, stating at a women’s conference in Jammu on 14 November, that Indian women must come forward and contribute to the nation-building exercise that he obviously considers himself a great part of. Then there is 95-year-old Heeraben Modi, the prime minister’s mother, who went to Gandhinagar on Tuesday to exchange her demonetised notes in a bank. They are all connected, because apparently it’s once more time for: Every woman must become Mother India.

Heeraben, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother, at a bank on Tuesday. PTI

Heeraben, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother, at a bank on Tuesday. PTI

Twitter has predictably exploded into two opposing factions since the news of the elder Mrs Modi’s visit to the bank broke. On the one hand, Modi is being called cruel for using his mother to play a sentimental card. Many Twitter users are saying that this “Mere paas ma hai” or “Ma ke paas passbook hai” move is being done since all else has failed, and reports of how badly demonetisation has affected the working class have finally begun to appear. Others have decided that Heeraben going to a bank to get her money exchanged is her contribution, along with her son’s, to what is considered by the upper middle class as a rigorous, thorough exercise in nation-building, and in what it calls its attempt to reduce black money and terrorism.

Mohan Bhagwat’s speech on Monday in Jammu talks about the new heights that we can take India to with the participation of women. According to him, “Matra Shakti”, the strength of motherhood or, as various reports have optimistically translated it, ‘women force’ should, apart from serving families, “Come forward and take part in the programmes for the welfare of the society.” Then he went on to say, “They should start from their homes to create mini-India and work for the society without getting distracted by anybody.”

Only Bhagwat knows what he is referring to when he talks about women being “distracted” (he’s previously said that Hindu-women should produce more children, that rapes happen only in urban India because of western influence and not Bharat, and that a marriage is like a “contract” where the husband can leave his wife if she doesn’t look after his house so really only he knows what we are distracted by) – but implicit in all his other wisdom is the idea that women cannot come out to work for themselves. You must always, always, contribute to nation-building, never mind if this nation that Bhagwat talks of isn’t the nation that you want, or it isn’t a nation that gives you something in return.

Bhagwat’s statements are not surprising in the least. They, like Modi’s statements on his sacrifices for Bharat Mata, and what people are calling Heeraben’s sacrifice for India, are just more examples of how we have begun to see India as a nation – as larger than those who make up the nation. This is particularly true of women. In Modi’s announcement of demonetisation – and those who are ‘Loving It’ – there is no regard for women and men who have no access to bank accounts and ID cards, and who are daily wage earners, or housewives. In Bhagwat’s statements, there is no recognition that women are more than this nation that he wants us to build. And then, along with all of this, Bhagwat is also blissfully ignorant of all the work that women have already been doing in this country as farmers, construction workers, homemakers, anganwadi workers, garment factory workers and municipal workers.

There is nothing new in Bhagwat’s reference to women who must build the nation as also having the responsibility of “serving” their families. So when he says, “It is important to educate womenfolk because a mother is the basic teacher to her children,” we just roll our eyes, since this is simply a reiteration of what we have heard for years. But then Bhagwat goes on to say, “Women have taught and inculcated a sense of sacrifice among the children and the society in the country.” For years women have been expected to make sacrifices for the people around them — for their families, their husbands, about their bodies, their work. Now, with these sacrifices (that were also for nation-building) and along with the work that women must apparently do for the country, we have come back full circle to ‘every woman must become tuition teacher India’.

This is the connection between Heeraben Modi and the manner in which her going to a bank is being talked about in terms of virtuous nation-building, and the way in which Bhagwat talks about “Matra Shakti” and how women must work for the nation and not for themselves (after all who knows what will happen to this country if they do). It is as though the only way that he can see women is as mothers, as India’s daughters, as everyone other than their own person – in the same way that Heeraben is being talked about in terms of her support for the greater good, and for Mother India.

To rephrase another man who loved to talk about sacrifice: Ask not what your mommy can do for you, ask what you can do for Mommy. Let’s talk again when Paytm means Pay To Ma.

(The Ladies Finger (TLF) is a leading online women’s magazine delivering fresh and witty perspectives on politics, culture, health, sex, work and everything in between.)

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 11:35 IST

Amid border tension, RSS chief to visit Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid escalating border tension and Kashmir unrest, the RSS is gearing up to welcome its chief Mohan Bhagwat in the winter capital of Jammu after three years.Bhagwat is scheduled to address a huge workers rally and women convention during his two days stay in Jammu starting from November 13. Conservative estimates reveal that around 10,000 RSS supporters and activists including some ministers of the BJP would be participating in the rally on the first day.On the second day he will be addressing women volunteers besides holding close door meetings with local leaders of RSS. This will be his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir in three years. Bhagwat had last visited strife torn Jammu and Kashmir in 2013.The visit assumes significance given the fact that the Kashmir valley is witnessing unrest and shutdowns for the last four months. More than 90 people have died and over 13000 injured in the security forces action against the violent mobs since the unrest began after the killing of Hizbul Mujhadeen poster boy Burhan Wani on July 8.Bhagwat is visiting the Jammu and Kashmir in the backdrop of surgical strikes and the tensions on the borders. The death toll of soldiers in Pakistani firing and shelling on LoC and International Border has now touched 13 since Indian army carried out surgical strikes on the terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29. Around 12 civilians have also been killed and around 50 others injured in Pakistani firing and shelling on the civilian areas since surgical strikes.Massive preparations are underway to welcome Bhagwat in the winter capital of Jammu. Volunteers are working overtime to give final touches to the programme of the RSS chief in Jammu. Security has been beefed up in Jammu in the wake of the RSS programme. “All arrangements have been finalized for the programme of RSS chief”, said a local RSS leader.

Was Mohan Bhagwat backing Modi or differing with him on cow vigilante groups?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on the role of “gau rakshaks (cow protectors)” has sparked off a debate—was he endorsing what Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said two months ago or disagreeing with him.The line was thin. While addressing the annual Dussehra rally in Nagpur, Bhagwat said gau rakshaks should not be mistaken with miscreants. Modi had come down heavily on “self-styled” gau rakshaks at his first Townhall, and said, “I have seen that some people are into crimes all night and wear the garb of gau rakshaks in the day.”Bhagwat was more assuaging towards gau rakshaks, while Modi, had outrightly castigated the atrocities on Dalit youths by cow vigilante groups for skinning a dead cow in Gujarat. But, the RSS chief too differentiated between cow vigilante groups and those “spreading religious hatred” and said they should not violate the law.“Many communities like Jains are involved in Gau raksha (cow protection). Gau rakshaks are good people. You cannot compare cow protectors to those trying to spread religious hatred. Cow protection is good for the country…But they should work under the law and Constitution,” he said.Further, he went on to say “the Gau raksha laws were not made by this regime. Gau rakshaks have to launch agitation at times to save cows. The administration should be careful as to see who are the law breakers and who create nuisance.” However, Bhagwat’s statements are also seen to have a message that administrations should not treat cow vigilantes on par with those who create disharmony. Modi’s comments had come after the furore over the violence on Dalits in Una, at a time when the BJP was reaching out to the community ahead of the UP and Punjab elections.Bhagwat spoke of gau rakshaks while delivering the ritualistic Vijayadashmi address in Nagpur, where the Sangh was seen in its new uniform—brown pants. He spoke of a range of issues, including efforts of Indian Army for carrying out the surgical strike and PM’s leadership in the recent times. “Regarding the nuisance in J&K from across the border, I congratulate the Army for the operations under the leadership of government. I congratulate the government for its diplomatic offensive. We need more such efforts. Even one moment of lax on the border could cost us heavily,” the RSS Chief said.He said that not just the entire J&K, but PoK is also a part of India. “From Mirpur, Muzaffarabad to Gilgit-Baltistan, the entire Kashmir is a part of India. Any unrest in Kashmir is fueled by elements across the border and our government is giving a befitting reply to them,” he added.

Mayawati attacks Mohan Bhagwat for backing ‘good’ cow protectors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting sharply to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat backing “countless good people” working lawfully for cow protection, BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday said lauding people “indulging in unlawful, violent and casteist” acts cannot be termed as an act of national interest.”Going against public sentiment and praising gau rakshaks whose several unlawful, violent and casteist acts have come to light cannot be termed as something in national interest,” Mayawati said in a statement.Terming Bhagwat’s call for identifying true gau rakhshaks as inspired by narrow communal thinking, Mayawati said, RSS should concentrate on “gau seva- an act of non-violence”, rather than on “gau raksha- which has violence inherent in it” and leads to incidents like the one in Una.Alleging that violent incidents in the name of gau raksha have been taking place in BJP-ruled states, Mayawati said since the Modi government came to power, first Muslims and now dalits are being targeted on the pretext of protecting cows.”Despite this, RSS chief’s statement for extending security to gau rakshaks can never be an act aimed at strengthening the nation,” she said, adding that though RSS chief speaks about connecting society but in reality is supporting those who work against it.The former chief minister also alleged there was an attempt to torch two dalits in Gorakhpur recently and termed it a result of casteist policies of the Samajwadi Party government.Earlier today RSS chief backed “countless good people” working lawfully for cow protection and said they should not be compared with those creating trouble in its name. “There should be a distinction between the two. Trouble- makers try to separate this distinction and create a big nuisance,” he said.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat slams ‘shameful’ Una-like incidents, hails ‘lawful cow protectors’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strongly backing the “countless good people” working lawfully for cow protection, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said they should not be compared with those creating trouble in its name, in remarks that come against the backdrop of BJP facing flak over anti-Dalit violence by vigilantes. “Countless good people are working for cow protection. The Jain society is totally devoted to it. These good people are working within the ambit of law and Constitution… Administration should see to it that those creating trouble should not be compared with cow protectors. “There should be a distinction between the two.Trouble-makers try to separate this distinction and create a big nuisance,” he said, addressing the foundation day of RSS at its headquarters here. Violence by cow vigilantes targeting Dalits and Muslims had hit headlines weeks ago, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to denounce them, saying 80 per cent of them are involved in anti-social activities and running shops in the name of cow protection.Bhagwat said if some incidents happen, then the government should enforce laws against those involved in them. Apparently referring to flogging of Dalits by cow vigilantes in Una in Gujarat and similar incidents, he said such incidents are shameful and should never happen. “There are some flaws in our society and there is discrimination as well, which is exploited by certain elements for their benefits,” he said. However, defending cow protection, Bhagwat noted that the directive principles of the Constitution also speak in its favour and said many states have laws in support of the cause.Maintaining that there is also a law against cruelty to animals, he said cow protectors have agitated peacefully for the enforcement of these laws. “They have tried to work within the law.”On the occasion, Bhagwat also pledged that RSS will work to root out discrimination in society and cited a survey done in the parts of Madhya Pradesh to say that 30-40 per cent people suffer from discrimination in getting water or entry to temple.”The Sangh has taken up the work of increasing social harmony. It will take time but we will rest only after rooting out this discrimination,” he said. He also said that the “discriminatory” approach of the Jammu and Kashmir government and the state administration towards Jammu and Ladakh should end immediately. “Only if Jammu and Kashmir government and the administration act with a nationalistic feeling and perform (their duties) in a clean, considerate, impartial and transparent way, the people of the state will have simultaneous feeling of victory and confidence, and the process of assimilation of the people in the valley will move forward,” he said.”There is an urgent need to promote, consolidate and establish nationalistic activities and forces in those areas.The Central and the state government must work in tandem,” he added. Bhagwat said the Jammu and Kashmir government should work with the Centre to pursue one policy and move in one direction, noting that the nationalist forces should be strengthened and “undesirable” activities be rooted out. Saying that situation in the state is a matter of concern, he said, “Many issues continue to hang fire (there).” “During the partition and subsequently many Hindu refugees were displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and arrived there. Sheikh Abdullah assured them that they will be given their rights. Their third generation is living there.They don’t have state citizenship rights. They don’t have ration cards and jobs. How long will they wait?” asked Bhagwat.”For decades, Kashmiri Pandits have been living outside.They should live where they used to and be sure of their protection as patriots and Hindus. Such circumstances should be created and they be given justice,” he said.Their dreams will have to be fulfilled, he said, adding that only then people will believe that they are being taken care of in the same way other states are working for their citizens.The issue of grant of citizenship rights to Hindu refugees in the state has been controversial with parties like National Conference and PDP expressing reservation over it.The state government, which is headed by PDP in alliance with BJP, should ensure that a transparent and clean administration is there, Bhagwat said.Bhagwat also lauded the Modi government for inspiring confidence among people across the nation, while targeting the Opposition for running down the initiatives it launched.”A sense of disappointment among people all over the country has vanished due to acceleration of developmental work by the government,” Bhagwat claimed.”The government has built some measure of confidence, therefore the nation, it appears is moving forward,” he said. In a dig at the Opposition, he said those who could not make it to the echelons of power are busy formulating strategies for political gains by finding shortcomings and inadequacies of the government and the administration. “Dirty tricks” being played are a matter of grave concern, he said, warning people against fundamentalists, extremists, divisive and selfish forces. Former bureaucrat, Satyaprakash Rai, an Indian Economics Service (IES) officer of the 1976 batch was the chief guest on the occasion. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister for Transport and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari and playback singer Anuradha Paudwal were among those present on the occasion. Smart dark brown trousers donned by RSS functionaries instead of khaki shorts they had worn for the last nine decades, stood out at the ceremony,though the traditional bamboo stick remained part of the uniform.

Live: Modi calls for unity to fight terror during Dussehra speech in Lucknow

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Security was heightened in Lucknow on Tuesday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s participation in the Dussehra celebrations, police said.

Other than deploying the companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF), traffic was also diverted and security has been set in place for the high profile event in the Aishbagh locality.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

Inspector General of Police (Lucknow) A Satish Ganesh said that despite security, efforts are being made to ensure that citizen did not face any problem.

Convenor of the event, city Mayor and BJP national Vice President Dinesh Sharma informed that Modi would be witnessing the ‘Ravan Vadh‘ during the Ram Leela programme.

Modi along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor Ram Naik and the minister representing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would attend the event.

Singh reached Lucknow on Monday evening ahead of Modi’s visit. The prime minister is expected to land in Lucknow at 6 pm and will further head for the venue of the celebrations, reported The Financial Express.

Yadav has been invited but his presence has not yet been confirmed.

Sharma’s disclaimer of “no politics” behind the Modi’s visit to Lucknow on Dussehra, all eyes and ears are on his visit and public address, according to a report by The Times of India.

The Hindustan Times speculates that terror could be the main topic of his speech.

Following an ‘aarti‘ of the actors essaying the mythological characters, Modi and Rajnath Singh would address the gathering.

Organisers informed that Modi would be gifted with a rare portrait of Hindu poet-saint Goswami Tulsidas and a copy of Ram Charit Manas among others.

They also said that the event would be broadcast live.

The Ram Leela in Aishbagh will complete 70 years, but this would be the first time that such a high-profile dignitary will attend the event, Mayor Sharma pointed out.

Apart from Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also deliver speeches on Tuesday.

Rahul’s speech will be at the Ramlila maidan in New Delhi, which is expected to take place after 5 pm. Kejriwal is also expected to attend the Dussehra festivities at the Luv Kush Ramlila Maidan, reported India.com.

With inputs from agencies.

Grant state citizenship rights to Hindu refugees in J-K: Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday batted for grant of state citizenship rights to Hindu refugees in Jammu and Kashmir and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to leave the Valley due to militancy. He said the state government should work with the Centre to pursue one policy and move in one direction, noting that the nationalist forces should be strengthened and “undesirable” activities be rooted out. The situation in the state is a matter of concern, he said. “Many issues continue to hang fire. During the partition and subsequently many Hindu refugees were displaced from Pak-occupied Kashmir and arrived there. Sheikh Abdullah assured them that they will be given their rights. Their third generation is living there. They don’t have state citizenship rights. They don’t have ration cards and jobs. How long will they wait?” asked Bhagwat. “For decades, Kashmiri Pandits have been living outside. They should live where they used to and be sure of their protection as patriots and Hindus. Such circumstances should be created and they be given justice,” he said in his Dussehra address. Their dreams will have to be fulfilled, he said, adding that only then people will believe that they are being taken care of in the same way other states are working for their citizens. The issue of grant of citizenship rights to Hindu refugees in the state has been a controversial one there with parties like National Conference and PDP expressing reservation over it. The state government, which is headed by PDP in alliance with BJP, should see to it that a transparent and clean administration is there, Bhagwat said.Despite lot of money being pumped into the state, development work is not happening and people wonder where all the money is going, he said. Those creating trouble should be dealt firmly, he said, claiming that there is no trouble in entire regions of Jammu and Ladakh, besides a large part of Kashmir.

Grant state citizenship rights to Hindu refugees in J&K: Mohan Bhagwat

New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday batted for grant of state citizenship rights to Hindu refugees in Jammu and Kashmir and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to leave the Valley due to militancy.

He said the state government should work with the Centre to pursue one policy and move in one direction, noting that the nationalist forces should be strengthened and “undesirable” activities be rooted out.

The situation in the state is a matter of concern, he said.

File image of Mohan Bhagwat. AFPFile image of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

File image of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

“Many issues continue to hang fire. During the partition and subsequently many Hindu refugees were displaced from Pak-occupied Kashmir and arrived there. Sheikh Abdullah assured them that they will be given their rights. Their third generation is living there. They don’t have state citizenship rights. They don’t have ration cards and jobs. How long will they wait?” asked Bhagwat.

“For decades, Kashmiri Pandits have been living outside. They should live where they used to and be sure of their protection as patriots and Hindus. Such circumstances should be created and they be given justice,” he said in his Dussehra address.

Their dreams will have to be fulfilled, he said, adding that only then people will believe that they are being taken care of in the same way other states are working for their citizens.

The issue of grant of citizenship rights to Hindu refugees in the state has been a controversial one there with parties like National Conference and PDP expressing reservation over it.

The state government, which is headed by PDP in alliance with BJP, should see to it that a transparent and clean administration is there, Bhagwat said.

Despite lot of money being pumped into the state, development work is not happening and people wonder where all the money is going, he said.

Those creating trouble should be dealt firmly, he said, claiming that there is no trouble in entire regions of Jammu and Ladakh, besides a large part of Kashmir.

Hyderabad: Minor explosion injures two

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a man was injured in an explosion at Ibrahimpatnam on the outskirts of the city, two persons including a woman were injured in another minor explosion on Sunday in the same area, police said.”The incident occurred around 2.50 pm after a man stepped on some explosive material lying underground,” Police Commissioner (Rachakonda) Mahesh M Bhagwat told PTI. Forensic experts and Bomb Disposal Squad reached the spot and a investigation is underway, he said.The explosive material could be gelatin, buried in the mud, Bhagwat. Local people use gelatin sticks to carry out blasts to scare away wild boars. Saturday evening, a person was injured in the same area when some kerosene stored in a box kept near a pushcart-eatery exploded.The senior police officials who visited the scene said it was a small explosion. Panic gripped the area after the successive explosions.

Kejriwal takes a dig at Mohan Bhagwat, asks him to produce and bring up 10 children

Mon, 22 Aug 2016-06:33pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat​’s concerns over a declining Hindu population and to his challenge as to “which law has asked Hindus to produce fewer children”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday criticised him by saying he must set an example before people by producing and bringing up 10 children himself before talking.”Before inciting Hindus, Bhagwatji himself should produce and bring up 10 children for setting an example,” Kejriwal tweeted.Expressing concern over declining Hindu population while addressing a gathering in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra city on Sunday, Bhagwat said, “Which law asked Hindus to produce fewer children? Who has stopped them? It is not related to the system, but it is because the social environment.”

RSS calling on Hindus to have more children ahead of UP polls is pure fear mongering

At a function in Agra this Sunday, RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat, urged Hindus to have more children. Through a PowerPoint presentation, the RSS leader underlined that while Hindus have a fertility rate of 2.1 per cent, the “other community” stands at more than eight per cent. “If this remains the situation, one should forget about their existence in one’s own country by 2025,” he said, addressing a gathering of some 2,000 couples at a function organised by the Sangh’s Kutumb Prabodhan. The couples, Bhagwat insisted, must strengthen “family values” and inculcate patriotic sentiment in children.

Perhaps such talk shouldn’t really surprise us. Whipping up Malthusian fears of a Muslim demographic takeover has after all been an old Rashtriya Swayamseveak Sangh(RSS) bogey. Never mind that such fears of imminent danger – Hindus getting swamped by a fast expanding Muslim population – have been effectively contested by a range of experts, not once but many times over. But undaunted, functionaries of various RSS offshoots periodically exhort Hindus to have more children.

A file photo of Mohan Bhagwat. AFPA file photo of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

A file photo of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

Absurd as the argument may sound, the Sangh Parivar has persistently made this emotive script one of its important campaign planks. Loaded with political implications, such rhetoric gets shriller during crucial poll seasons, and the approaching Uttar Pradesh polls are about as crucial as things can get in Indian parliamentary politics. Given the divisive political climate in the country today, it’s hardly a surprise that the RSS top brass has chosen – once again – to press the population question in the hopes of nudging dormant and baseless anxieties among Hindus to the surface.

This isn’t the first time Bhagwat has issued such a call. In last year’s Vijaydashami speech, while quoting statistics from the last two Census reports, the RSS leader underlined apparent demographic “imbalances” and called for a holistic and uniformly applicable population policy. The 2011 Census – one of those that caused much anxiety within the Sangh – didn’t, of course, make any such shocking demographic revelation. Continuing a trend since 1981, the Census figures showed that the population growth rate had declined from 21.5 percent to 17.7 percent. Based on these findings, it was observed that India would achieve population stabilisation earlier than expected.

What captured the Sangh’s attention, however, was the fact that the Muslim population had registered a growth that was higher than the Hindu population. A simplistic and facile reading of the Census led to misleading conclusions. Or was it simply a case of intentional misreading?

In an article in The Indian Express on the subject last September, Abusaleh Shariff, executive director of the US-India Policy Institute in Washington DC, and former member secretary of the Sachar Committee, wrote: “The Muslim population has increased from 13.4 per cent of the population to 14.2 percent, which is 0.8 percentage points higher. But the rate of growth is considerably lower than in previous decades.” He added: “Muslims are expected to grow faster than Hindus for a couple of more decades because they have the youngest median age and relatively high fertility among the major religious groups in India. In 2010, the median age of Indian Muslims was 22, compared with 26 for Hindus and 28 for Christians. Muslim women bear an average 3.1 children per head, compared with 2.7 for Hindus and 2.3 for Christians.”

Interestingly, the writer observed that one of the factors behind the higher number of births is that Muslims have better sex ratios compared to Hindus. In contrast to attempts to portray the Muslim community as outside the ambit of population control, Shariff noted that there has been a rise in contraceptive use among Muslims since the mid-1980s. And that it “is likely to catch up with the national average earlier than expected. The rate of increase in contraception among the Muslim community, even in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, has been high.” Overall, Shariff concluded that when all the data is analysed, it reveals that since 1981, Muslims have consistently shown a higher decline in growth rate than Hindus.

But of course, beyond a point, statistical clarifications are not the point. Underlying the supposed fear of being outnumbered is a larger political agenda that is more about fear-mongering than facts. Finally, the BJP must abandon its cynical policy of running-with the-hare and hunting-with the-hound. On one hand, Prime Minister Modi insists that development is his party’s sole campaign project. On the other, his mentors in RSS systematically ratchet up communal sentiments. Drumming up anxieties that are a breeding ground for hatred are electoral ploys that need to be jettisoned once and for all.

Shiv Sena takes a dig at Mohan Bhagwat’s Hindu population comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on declining Hindu population as “outdated”, Shiv Sena today said the progressive Hindu community would not accept his thoughts and asked the Centre to implement uniform civil code to maintain “social and cultural balance”.Instead of focusing on increasing the population of Hindus to counter the rising Muslim population, the Narendra Modi government needs to implement the uniform civil code at the earliest, Sena, a long-time ally of BJP, said.”Mohan Bhagwat has tried to present outdated thoughts in a modern way. His remarks will not be accepted by progressive Hindu community. Also, PM Modi would not agree that increasing Hindu population is the right way to counter growing Muslim population,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.”The government is spending a lot of money on family planning. A rise in Muslim population will undoubtedly affect the social and cultural balance of the country, but asking Hindus to have more children is no solution to the problem. The only solution is to implement the uniform civil code to cap the population of all communities. If Hindus give birth to more children, problems like hunger, unemployment and inflation will only increase,” the Sena said.Sena also sought to know if Bhagwat was discreetly trying to back the idea of Hindus having more than one spouse to boost the population of the community. “In reality, Bhagwat’s thoughts are like a web stuck on the ideals of Hindutva. Instead of this, why does he not back the uniform civil code and strict norms of family planning?”, it asked.Responding to a question at an event in Agra recently, Bhagwat had said, “Which law says that the population of Hindus should not rise? There is nothing like that. What is stopping them when population of others is rising? The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this.”

Hindu population not rising due to social environment, says Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was in the midst of a controversy on Sunday over his comment on Hindu population, with Congress and BSP criticising him for the remarks.”Which law says that the population of Hindus should not rise? There is nothing like that. What is stopping them when population of others is rising? The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this,” Bhagwat had said yesterday on the issue of declining Hindu population.He had made the remarks while addressing an event in Agra as part of his four-day stay in the city to interact with groups representing various social strata and professions. Commenting on these remarks, Congress leaderhulam Nabi Azad said, “Woh Dhaarm ki hi khaate hain. Woh aur kya baat karenge? (He banks on religion only, what else can be expected from him?)” Azad, who was asked by reporters in Lucknow to comment on the RSS chief’s remarks, added, “In every statement Bhagwat talks of dividing (society). He should have talked about employment, price rise but he didn’t do so.”BSP chief Mayawati, while addressing a rally in Agra, also criticised Bhagwat for this comment on Hindu population.”The RSS chief tells Hindus to produce more than two children. I want to tell him: ‘you say produce more children, then ask Narendra Modi and central government if they will make arrangements for feeding them’,” she said.Addressing about 2000 young couples today at another function, Bhagwat urged them to work for family values and help inculcate patriotic sentiments in children.

RSS chief, Maha energy minister lead tree plantation drive

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Maharashtra Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Friday led the people of the city in a tree plantation drive launched across the state. Bhagwat planted a sapling near the RSS headquarters at Mahal in eastern part of the city, while Bawankule and other senior officials along with 10,000 children planted saplings in Ambajhari lake catchment area this morning.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior RSS functionary Dattatreya Hosabale later said the Sangh will be a part of the green drive and plant large number of trees throughout the year across the country through its units (shakhas). Bawankule was accompanied by MLCs Anil Sole and Prakash Gajbhiye, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) A S K Sinha and school children in the plantation drive. Nagpur Metro Railway Corporation Managing Director Brajesh Dixit along with other officials planted trees on the busy Amravati road, which is also the route of the proposed Metro rail.The Metro Rail Corporation will plant about 5,000 trees in Nagpur during the season.

FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan meets ‘father figure’ Mohan Bhagwat

FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Thursday met “father figure” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the Sangh headquarters here for the first time after his appointment to the premier institute kicked up a row last year.”Bhagwatji is a father figure for me and I came here to invite him for my son’s marriage,” said Chauhan, who spent over half an hour with the RSS chief this morning. He later told reporters that the FTII students, who are enrolled for the three-year semester, will be allowed to study one more year if they do not clear the course within the time frame but will not be provided accommodation facility in the fourth year.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was taking fees for three years, the hostel facility for the fourth year will not be permitted, he added. The BJP member and television actor, whose appointment as chairman of the Pune-based FTII by the NDA government had last year kicked up a row, met Bhagwat for the first time after the controversy.Chauhan had faced huge protests after being appointed to the post, with the students of the prestigious institute even going on an indefinite strike against his appointment, and several filmmakers supporting the agitation.Amid massive protests and detentions, he had taken charge of FTII and asserted that he would not resign from the post.

Bombay HC restrains Sena’s ‘Saamna’ from publishing defamatory articles against BJP MP Kirit Somaiya

The Bombay High Court has restrained Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ from publishing defamatory articles against BJP MP from Mumbai North-East Kirit Somaiya. The order was given by Justice S J Kathawala on Monday in a Rs one crore defamation case filed by Somaiya against ‘Saamna’ and three others in the high court.The high court asked ‘Saamna’ not to publish further articles which may be defamatory to Somaiya. The judge also restrained defendant Kalpana Inamdar from holding press conferences and defaming the BJP leader. It further asked the police station concerned to submit a report on complaints or cases filed against Inamdar by Somaiya, while posting the matter for hearing on June 27.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Somaiya had filed a suit against the Sena newspaper, its editor and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, printer-publisher Rajendra Bhagwat and Kalpana Inamdar for carrying articles allegedly tarnishing his image. Inamdar had addressed press conference making allegations against Somaiya which were published by ‘Saamna’.Though BJP and Shiv Sena are alliance partners, their relations, ahead of next year’s Mumbai civic polls, are quite strained. Somaiya said in the suit that the articles published in the newspaper on May 15 and 21 contained “baseless, shocking and defamatory” statements against him.

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya files defamation suit against Shiv Sena mouthpiece

Kirit Somaiya, the BJP MP from Mumbai North-East, on Friday filed a defamation suit against Shiv Sena mouthpiece `Saamana’, its editor and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut and printer-publisher Rajendra Bhagwat for carrying articles allegedly tarnishing his image. Somaiya has demanded Rs one crore in damages.He has also made Kalpana Inamdar, who, at a press conference, had made some allegations against Somaiya which the Saamana articles carried, a defendant in his suit which would come up before the Bombay High Court in due course.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though BJP and Shiv Sena are alliance partners, their relations, ahead of next year’s Mumbai civic polls, are quite strained. Somaiya says in the suit that the articles published in the newspaper on May 15 and 21 contained “baseless, shocking and defamatory” statements against him. Inamdar had alleged that Somaiya, through his wife, `grabbed’ a Slum Rehabilitation Authority Project. Somaiya claims to have a letter from SRA saying that he or his family has no connection with any of its projects. Inamdar had also alleged that Somaiya and his wife invested black money in various companies in the names of his relatives. This allegation is also baseless and damaged his reputation, the BJP MP says in the suit.He has also sought a permanent injunction restraining “Saamana” from republishing the defamatory articles or any other article which may harm his reputation. Before “Saamana” published the allegations against Somaiya, the BJP MP had accused the Sena-controlled Mumbai civic body of rampant corruption.

Modi’s address to US Congress showed India’s might: Mohan Bhagwat

RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday lauded the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech before the US Congress.”Our Prime Minister delivered a brilliant speech before the US Congress yesterday, displaying the might of India to the world’s most powerful nation, USA. His speech reflected that now India has emerged as a superpower and the whole world needs India’s support,” Bhagwat said, addressing the valedictory function of the third year training camp of the RSS which concluded here this evening.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The world had now recognised and realised the power and need for India, he added.Bhagwat also called for unity among the people irrespective of living style, eating habits, languages, caste and creed. “India stands for one nation with vast cultural and religious diversities,” he said.The RSS chief also evoked Dr B R Ambedkar’s thoughts on nationalism and integrity on this occasion.Saying that RSS had been inculcating patriotism among the people for the last 90 years, he asked those who are not part of RSS to come and see how nationalism is taught at the RSS camps.Foreign invaders could enter the country centuries ago only due to the cracks within our system and the help of our own men who surrendered to them, he said, stressing the importance of integrity and unity.Recalling the ‘Aryans versus Dravidians’ issue in the early years of independence, Bhagwat said nevertheless, when China attacked India in 1962, Tamil leader C N Annadurai strongly came out in support of the country, saying the attack was not only on the North India but also on Tamil Nadu. This kind of nationalism was needed now, he said.

Top 5 stories from across India: From UP man cycling for ‘corruption free India’ to couple working on solution to drought

Mumbai’s Rafee Nagar to get its first college for girls soonRafee Nagar in Govandi does not boast of having several good educational institutions. In fact, a majority of the area consists of slums where residents are not overly keen on sending their children for further education once they complete basic academic courses. However, to the relief of youngsters, especially girls, Rafee Nagar may soon have its own government-aided degree college, in the next few months. Read more<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nashik: A big fat family, this one!In an era of ‘small families’, this family in Mundhegaon near Ghoti, 33 km from Nashik has as many as 92 members living under one roof. The Gatir family has three generations living together with nine siblings and their respective families. Together, the nine siblings have 37 offsprings – 18 sons and 19 daughters and the third generations has another 16 boys and 16 girls. Read moreMumbai: For 7 days this pipeline in Govandi has been sending out jets of water. Why is BMC snoozing?Women from nearby slums crouch to gather as much water as possible in their plastic pots at Govandi’s Tata Nagar. The pipeline that runs over a nullah has been damaged for over a week now and has been sending jets of water into the nullah. Despite the acute water crisis in Maharashtra, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has done nothing to stop the criminal wastage. Read moreCouple works to find long-term solutions in Maharashtra’s drought-hit BeedVile Parle resident Veena Bhagwat understands that sending water to drought-hit villages and offering monetary help is just a short term solution. That is why the co-founder and trustee of Manglabai Bhagwat Foundation has her eyes set on finding long-term solution to the crisis. Along with Samasta Mahajan and Deendayal Research Institute (DRI), the Manglabai Bhagwat Foundation has been helping villages in Maharashtra’s Beed district since October 2015. Read moreThis 36-year-old to cycle across the country for a ‘corruption free India’Meet this 36-year-old Sudarshan Prasad Vishwakarma who hails from Sant Kabir Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh and is on a two-year mission to roam all the states of India and spread the message of “Corruption Free India”. Today, at around 10 am, he arrived at Santacruz in Mumbai, completing one year of his mission and riding through 11 states (275 districts). He has cycled around 41,205 km since May 18, 2015. Read more

MP: Mohan Bhagwat breaks bread with sanitary workers at Simhastha Kumbh

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday had lunch with sanitary workers, many of them Dalits, engaged to keep clean the site of the ongoing ‘Simhastha Kumbh’, a massive congregation of Hindus, at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Bhagwat squatted and ate meal with the sanitary workers (safai karamcharis) at Shri Guru Karshanaik ashram here. “The ashram management has invited 1,200 sanitary workers. Men were given shirts and trousers while the women workers were gifted Rs 100 and sarees,” ashram’s pontiff Swami Omkaranandji said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yesterday, Bhagwat had taken a holy dip with members of tribal communities in the Kshipra river here. He had also addressed a ‘Janjati Sammelan’, a gathering of members of tribal communities from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and other places, organised by the VKP in Ujjain. Bhagwat had then said that the Hindu culture has its genesis in the tribal society. “The sense of belongingness and sharing are the tenets of Hindu religion. Time has come that the tribal representatives stood up for them and demand their rights,” he had said. “God helps those who help themselves,” Bhagwat said yesterday. Bhagwat’s move is being seen as a step aimed at striking a chord with the tribals. Notably, BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday had participated in ‘samrasata snaan’ (bath for social harmony) and ‘samrasta bhoj’ (social harmony feast) with Dalit saints at the Kumbh Mela. Shah had joined the Dalit sadhus and other saints in the holy bath billed by the BJP as the ‘Samrasta Snan’ with an eye on the Assembly elections in the politically sensitive Uttar Pradesh next year. Sangh Parivar head Mohan Bhagwat had stirred a controversy by calling for a review of reservation policy during the run-up to the Bihar Assembly polls last year. RSS is running a nation-wide campaign this year to promote “social harmony” among Hindus to woo tribals and Dalits which are key to BJP’s hopes of wresting power in Uttar Pradesh, going to polls next year. The RSS has already held discussions on ‘samajik samrasta’ (social harmony) in its shakhas (morning get together classes) from January 3-10 in Madhya Pradesh.

PM Modi an ‘honest’ man, says Amar Singh

Former Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh on Friday heaped praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming him as an “honest” person but said that his good initiatives go in vain due to “controversial statements” made by some BJP leaders.Talking to reporters, Singh said, “Modi is an honest person. But people of the country are upset with him as they had lot of expectations from him which have not been not met. His brother is a clerk and mother lives in a small house. Opposition could only find Rs 10 lakh suit issue against him,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh said that given a chance he would meet RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, though he added that the country would never become Congress and RSS ‘mukt’ as both will remain here.”The country can never become Congress and RSS ‘mukt’. Both will remain there,” he said.Singh blamed BJP leaders for issuing controversial statements saying because of this Modi’s good initiatives are going in vain.”His good initiatives go in vain due to his men who issue different statements. He has not only got votes of Hindus but also Muslims,” Singh said.Speaking about his relations with Amitabh Bachchan, Singh said he had differences with Jaya Bachchan and Amitabh had “apologised” to him.

‘The most hilarious sort of Sanskritisation’: Twitterati reacts to Gurgaon being renamed ‘Gurugram’

Gurgaon, the corporate hub of Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi, will now be known as ‘Gurugram’.

The decision was taken by the BJP government claiming that people of the area have been making a demand in this regard.

An official spokesman said the decision to change the name was taken on the basis of the representations received in several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as ‘Gurugram’, an official spokesman said.

Image courtesy: Getty images.Image courtesy: Getty images.

Image courtesy: Getty images.

Legend has it that Gurgaon derived its name from the name of Guru Dronacharya, the master of archery in Mahabharata who tutored the Pandavas.

The village was given as gurudakshina to him by his students — the Pandavas — and hence it came to be known as Guru-gram, which in course of time is said to have got distorted to Gurgaon.

“Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning,” the spokesman said.

“It had been known as Gurgaon since the times of Guru Dronacharya. Gurgaon was a great center of education where the princes used to be provided education. Therefore, since long the people of the area had been demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram,” he reasoned.

Legendary or not, Twitterati had a field day once the announcement was made.

With inputs from PTI

Gurugram sounds like a messenger app for teachers: Twitter mocks Gurgaon’s name change!

Gurgaon, the corporate hub of Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi, will now be known as ‘Gurugram’. The decision was taken by the BJP government claiming that people of the area have been making a demand in this regard.An official spokesman said the decision to change the name was taken on the basis of the representations received in several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as ‘Gurugram’, an official spokesman said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Legend has it that Gurgaon derived its name from the name of Guru Dronacharya, the master of archery in Mahabharata who tutored the Pandavas. The village was given as gurudakshina to him by his students — the Pandavas — and hence it came to be known as Guru-gram, which in course of time is said to have got distorted to Gurgaon.”Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning,” the spokesman said. “It had been known as Gurgaon since the times of Guru Dronacharya. Gurgaon was a great center of education where the princes used to be provided education. Therefore, since long the people of the area had been demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram,” he reasoned.Fair to say, Twitter lost its cool after it heard the name: 

Gurgaon out, Gurugram in: Haryana changes name of the district, says people wanted it

The season of renaming is upon us once again, and this time, the winds of change have blown north of the Vindhyas.

The Haryana government has decided to rename the district of Gurgaon as Gurugram. The move was announced on Tuesday evening by the administration.

The neighbouring district of Mewat has also been renamed to Nuh, as reported by India Today.

According to the district’s official website, the village was given as guru-dakshina to Dronacharya by his students — the Pandavas — after which it came to be known as Guru-gram, which later became Gurgaon.

However, unlike other prominent cities which were renamed, this is not an instance of a European name being replaced with an Indian one. Gurgaon is being replaced with another Indian name.

This decision has been taken by the Manohar Lal Khattar government which claimed that people of the area have been demanding this for a while.

As expected, the decision drew wide variety of reactions on Twitter:

The decision to change the name of Gurgaon to ‘Gurugram’ has been taken on the basis of the representations received at several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram, an official spokesman said.

“Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning,” the spokesman said.

Referring to Mewat, the spokesman said that it is, in fact is a geographical and cultural unit and not a town. It is spread beyond Haryana in the adjoining states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the spokesman said. The Headquarters of Mewat district is at Nuh town. The people of area and the elected representatives had been demanding that the name of Mewat be changed as Nuh, he further said.

Make India world leader so that entrie world chants ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday called for outfit members to take a resolve towards making India a world leader so that the entire world can chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.”We have to work towards making our country a world leader and we have to become such that the entire world chants ‘Vishwa Guru Bharat Mata Ki Jai.’ And this is our personal resolution, our collective resolution, our only resolution…” Bhagwat said while addressing a gathering of Sangh members in Ahmedabad.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have to bring this society together through nationalistic ideals and make our country achieve the status of a world leader and make it such that the entire world chants ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, a spirited ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’,” he added.”For the Sangh, there is only one ‘Jai’ and that is ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. To achieve this, we will first have to think what all changes we need to bring in our life and then we should achieve them…It is our responsibility to fulfil (K B Hedgewar’s) resolution of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and on the occasion of ‘Pratipada’ we should think how to achieve it,” Bhagwat added.”Our job is to achieve this resolution. And for that we have to discipline ourselves and change in accordance with the resolution,” he added.Gujarat Education Minister Ramanlal Vora, Home Minister Rajnibhai Patel and retired IPS officer D G Vanzara were present on the occasion. Bhagwat also said the glory and trust among people for RSS has increased. He further said the Sangh’s idea of nationalism transcended national boundary.”Sangh is clear about our idea of nationalism. Our nationalism is ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’, the whole world is our kin and we will have to first discard the differences among ourselves to achieve this,” he said.”We have to make entire society convert to RSS, including even those who oppose the RSS. And this will not happen only through lectures but through examples of our own life. And we should not have doubt about nationalism that we believe in which is not against anybody. We believe in taking all societies together,” the Sarsanghachalak said.”And Bharat Mata is the one who gives us this thought, for it nurtures us all,” he added.

From theatrics to threats: How Owaisi, Ramdev and others kept Bharat Mata ki Jai row burning

For the last month, there has been a controversy brewing over the slogan Bharat Mata Ki Jai ever since on March 3, Mohan Bhagwat said that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing Mother India. Here’s a time line of events:March 3 <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Youth must be taught to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Mohan Bhagwat‘Now the time has come when we have to tell the new generation to chant `Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ (hail mother India). It should be real, spontaneous and part of all-round development of the youth,’ he said. Bhagwat, without making any direct reference to the JNU controversy, said this is necessary as ‘some forces’ are telling the youth not to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
ALSO READ ‘Bharat Mata’ slogan row: Sharad Pawar says CM must stay neutralBhagwat was speaking at RSS headquarters in Reshimbagh during an award giving function. On the occasion, the RSS chief presented ‘Matrashakti’ award to social activist Sindhutai Sapkal.The incident didn’t get too much attention until AIMIM leader Asaduiddin Owaisi waded into the controversy.
ALSO READ Would have beheaded lakhs for opposing chanting of Bharat Mata Ki Jai, says Baba RamdevMarch 14Owaisi hits back
ALSO READ ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ core of nationalism: Pro-RSS journals‘I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab,’ Owaisi said. ‘I won’t utter that (slogan) even if you put a knife to my throat,’ Owaisi said, amid loud applause by the crowd. ‘Nowhere in the Constitution it says that one should say: Bharat Mata ki Jai,’ he said.Salman Khursheed wades in When asked about Asaduddin Owaisi’s statement that he would never say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if a knife was put on his neck, Khursheed said, ‘He would say something else. He would say ammi zindabaad or meri walida zindabaad. His tongue and my tongue would not be the same. Everybody have their own tongue.’Kailash Vijayvargiya’s demonstrates tact ‘I feel that those who don’t want to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai has no right to stay in India. They should go to some other country,’ Vijayvargiya told reporters.March 15Javed Akhtar gives emotional retirement speechRetiring from the RS, Javed Akhtar joined the debate saying: “the Constitution even does not ask him to wear sherwani (dress) and topi (cap)… I don’t care to know whether saying ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ is my duty or not, it is my right.” He then chanted ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ a number of times. At the same time, he condemned those right-wing extremists also who say Muslims should go to Pakistan.He also said that these days “fringe” elements are rising and emphasised the need to protect secularism to save democracy and the Constitution. Underlining that there cannot be democracy without secularism, Akhtar said protecting secularism is not about protecting one community or the other. “We need to protect secularism because there cannot be democracy without it. I believe this is our greatest achievement.”March 16AIMIM MLA suspended from Maha Assembly for refusal to chant sloganAIMIM MLA Waris Pathan was suspended from Maharashtra Assembly for refusing to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ with legislators cutting across party lines pressing for action against him through a unanimous resolution.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat said, ‘Pathan was suspended from Assembly for showing disrespect to national heroes and refusal to say Bharat Mata ki Jai.’ It all began when All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA from Aurangabad, Imtiaz Jaleel, was speaking on the debate on the Governor’s address in the Assembly.Jaleel said the government should not spend taxpayers’ money on building memorials of ‘great personalities’.A Shiv Sena MLA interjected, saying Jaleel’s party leader Asaduddin Owaisi had recently stated he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.To this, Pathan said, ‘We will say ‘Jai Hind’ but not ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. There cannot be compulsion on saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. The Constitution does not say this.’ Immediately after his remarks, MLAs from ruling BJP and Shiv Sena and other Opposition parties including Congress and NCP demanded suspension of AIMIM legislators from the House.March 16The law takes its course A private complaint was today filed in a Hyderabad court seeking direction to police to register a case against AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi over his speech wherein he said he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a ‘knife is put to my throat’.Petitioner Sai Kumar Goud, a businessman, filed a complaint in the court of 20th Metropolitan Magistrate at Malkajgiri alleging that Owaisi’s speech was defamatory, and sought direction to the police for registration of an FIR under IPC section 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) and to further investigate the matter.March 17Take away his citizenship: Shiv Sena Launching a scathing attack on AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi for his refusal to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, the Shiv Sena sought revocation of citizenship and voting rights of those who refuse to chant the slogan. The Sena also sought to know from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis how Owaisi was allowed to leave the state after he refused to chant the pro-India slogan.March 17Naidu takes aim ‘I don’t understand why people have objections to raising ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. It has no religious connotation. It’s not related to any religion. I don’t understand what’s wrong in this’, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said. ‘The followers of Qasim Rizvi (head of anti-India Razakars who fought to retain the Nizam rule in Hyderabad before he moved to Pakistan) had objection to raising the slogan,’ he said. Naidu asked, ‘If you don’t salute your mother, who else will you salute’’March 19One must not be asked to prove their patriotism: Omar Abdullah ‘I am what I am; I don’t have to prove this to anyone. Neither do I need a certificate from someone. I will never raise any slogans to prove anyone or for anyone’s happiness. I am saying I’ve no problem with the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ but why are you asking for a certificate to prove nationalism’’ Abdullah told the media. ‘I know what I feel for my nation, I don’t need to prove it to anyone by raising any slogans. I am what I am why should I need a certificate or produce one,’ he added.March 21It has nothing to do with religion: Venkaiah Naidu ‘I wonder why this debate is going about ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. It is a commitment to the nation. When you say Bharat Mata Ki Jai, you are saying Jai to the nation’ we are saluting our motherland,’ Naidu said. ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai has no religious connotation. It is salutation to the people. I want to make it very clear it is not simply saying the slogan. When you say ‘Jai Ho Bharat’ then people living in India should all be encouraged, they should all be given the needed support and their interests have to be taken care. By saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, we reiterate our commitment to the fellow citizens of the country,’ he added.March 23LK Advani says ‘no comments’ ‘I don’t want to comment on it. This is a meaningless controversy (‘yeh ek vyarth vivad hai’)’ Advani told reporters in Gandhinagar on sidelines of an event when asked for his comment on the issue.March 28Shiv Sena demands PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti raise pro-national slogans ‘I believe raising slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Hind’ is definitely a proof of nationalism. It comes from within, there is no need for force. If your thinking has changed, then Mehbooba Mufti must raise the slogan before taking oath,’ Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI. ‘It has been the nature of Mehbooba Mufti to be sympathetic towards Afzal Guru. These people are not ready to call him a terrorist. The BJP-PDP alliance has been formed in Jammu and Kashmir. An environment of nationalism has been created in the nation. Now, the question is whether Mehbooba ji will raise the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’,’ he added.March 29Don’t force anyone: Mohan Bhagwat“We have to create so great an India that people will themselves say Bharat Mata ki Jai. We don’t need to force it on anybody. We have to give direction to the world with our life. There is no need to force our system and thoughts on anyone; there should be a desire to consider the whole world as ours,” a statement issued by RSS affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh quoted Bhagwat as saying.April 1Islamic seminary says Bharat Mata Ki Jai would un-Islamic A bench of eight ‘muftis’ (Islamic scholars) has issued a signed statement on the issue after the seminary received numerous queries from Muslims asking for clarity on the contentious issue. The statement clearly says that chanting ‘Bharat maata ki jai’ would be against the tenets of Islam as it is ‘akin to idol-worship’.‘We love our country as we and our generations before us were born here. But we do not consider it our God / Goddess,’ the statement says pointedly. ‘‘We received thousands of queries on the issue so Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a ‘fatwa’ saying ‘Bharat mata ki Jai’ is not in consonance with Islam and we will not say it. But we love our country immensely as our ‘Madre Vatan’ (motherland) and we can raise slogans like ‘Hindustan Zindabad’,’ the seminary spokesman Ashraf Usmani told reporters on Friday. ‘It is not allowed in Islam to represent the country as a Goddess’ idol and raise slogans hailing her,’ he added.April 2Manish Tewari attacks RSS and Darul Uloom Deoband ‘All those who try and do petty politics in the name of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are really trying to divide this country. They are two sides of the same coin,’ Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI. ‘The ones who raise this controversy, need to be condemned in the strongest terms, and the ones who issue fatwas, that particular slogan, in this case ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, should not be shouted, need to be equally condemned with strongest force at our command,’ he added.April 3Smriti Irani weighs in ‘Chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is a matter of emotion. Every human being has the right to chant for mother or for the motherland,’ she told reporters.Fadnavis joins the frayIn an address Maha CM Fadnavis was quoted saying: ‘If you want to live in this country then you have to say Bharat Mata ki Jai, otherwise you have no right to live here. Some people say we will not say Bharat Mata ki Jai. Then what’ Pakistan ki jai or China ki jai’.’ He added: ‘Went to a Mazar in Mumbai, hundreds of Muslim priests chanted Bharat Mata ki Jai.Those who say Bharat ke tukde honge will fail.’AIIO Chief Imam hits back ‘No one has a right to decide as to who would live in this country or not. If you force certain things on people then it would give rise to hatred. People on such responsible positions should refrain from making such statement,’ Ilyasi told ANI.April 4Heads will roll: Baba Ramdev In a statement, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday said he respects the Constitution of India or else he would have cut hundreds of heads for not chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. ‘If someone says that he won’t chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai even if his head is chopped off’. I want to say there is a rule of law and we respect the Constitution, otherwise we can cut hundreds and thousands of heads,’ Ramdev told the media. ‘People should be ashamed of talking such things and should give respect to their motherland,’ he added.Fadnavis issues clarification ‘Media picked only ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and that too only a part of it. It clearly proves that a section of media is interested in creating controversy only,’ he said.Naqvi: Saying Bharat Mata KI Jai doesn’t make you patrioticMinister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said chanting nationalist slogans is not a proof of anyone’s love for the nation. ‘Nationalist slogans should not be ridiculed like this, it is not like it is in fashion to chant slogans like ‘bharat mata ki jai’. Chanting or not chanting such slogans do not decide that one person is a nationalist or not. Such issues over shadow the real problems prevailing in the country and this should not happen,’ said Naqvi.April 5Mani Shankar says he will chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai with a riderSenior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said if the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ means ‘Janta Ki Jai’, he is ready to be part of the rhetoric which has become a hot button issue in the country. ‘I don’t have to wait for khaki knicker-clad men to tell me. We are chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ for a long time, but along with Jai Hind and Jai Bharat,’ the former Union Minister told reporters.Azam Khan demands apology from RamdevUttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan has demanded yoga guru Ramdev’s apology for his remarks over chanting of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, terming the utterances ‘malicious’.‘How a person who had fled from Ramlila Ground (in Delhi) by putting on a woman’s dress can talk of beheading those raising dissenting voices,’ Khan, who is in Australia, said in a statement. WIth inputs from agencies

Bharat Mata Ki Jai row: Woman Qazi hits back at Fadnavis’ comments

Heena Zaheer, a woman Qazi, on Sunday criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ statement and said people in such higher positions need to study the Constitution of India.’It is not at all good. The people holding such higher positions in the government need to study the Constitution of India. They should understand that ‘do’s and don’ts’ are set according to the Constitution,’ Zaheer told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’If it was written in the Constitution that we should chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan, we would do that. But that is not the case. Our Constitution is very secular and there is no such policy,’ she added.Joining the ongoing debate on nationalism, which is being linked to chanting of certain slogans in recent times, Fadnavis said that every Indian will have to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, adding that those who can’t say this shouldn’t live in the country. The Jamat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) came out to back the fatwa issued by leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom in Deoband against chanting of “Bharat Mata ki jai”. The JIH said that the attempts being made to use the slogan as a symbol of patriotism are wrong.Darul Uloom Deoband on Friday issued a fatwa against chanting of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, saying that the slogan goes against the tenets of Islam.”Bharat Mata, according to some Hindu sects, is a goddess and they worship her. For Muslims participating in worshiping a goddess would be un-Islamic, the fatwa said.AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had stirred a hornet’s nest by rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the young generation be taught patriotic slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ stating that he won’t chant the slogan “even if a knife is put to his throat”.

Digvijay Singh’s questions RSS silence over PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday sought to know from the RSS leadership as to how BJP could form government in Jammu and Kashmir with PDP, which had once opposed the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.”I want to ask this question to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in his own turf (RSS headquarters is located in Nagpur) here and not to Prime Minister Narendra Modi (as to how BJP has joined hands with PDP),” Singh told reporters here. He said PDP had “openly criticised the government’s decision and subsequent hanging of Afzal Guru.” PDP President Mehbooba Mufti will be sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on April 4.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PDP and BJP had staked claim for government formation on March 26, two days after Mehbooba was elected as PDP’s legislature party leader following the death of her father, who headed PDP-BJP coalition government for 10 months from March 1 last year until his death on January 7 this year. Singh also criticised the RSS leadership for fueling unnecessary controversy over chanting of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” slogans.Ridiculing the BJP’s dream of a “Congress free India”, Singh said Congress has a legacy in the country and played a major role in the independence struggle. “There was no need for such comments (about Bharat Mata ki Jai). Neither BJP nor RSS was ever involved in the freedom struggle and they should not talk of chanting such slogans,” he alleged.He also criticised Bhagwat for his remarks on review of reservation quota for the backward community. On the political crisis in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, Singh said BJP has violated the anti-defection law in both the places to destabilise the Congress-led government. “Why don’t you go for elections in both states,” he asked.On the demand for separate Vidarbha, Singh said there was a need for consensuses among the people and the issue was better left to the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) to answer.

How can country be mother? Darul Uloom issues fatwa against chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’

Saharanpur: Joining the debate over chanting ‘Bharat mata ki jai’, prominent Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued an edict asking Muslims to refrain from raising the slogan as it is “akin to idol-worship” which is against the tenets of Islam.

“We received thousands of queries on the issue so Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a ‘fatwa’ saying ‘Bharat mata ki Jai’ is not in consonance with Islam and we will not say it. But we love our country immensely and we can raise slogans like ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ and ‘Madre Vatan’.

Darul Uloom Deoband. PTIDarul Uloom Deoband. PTI

Darul Uloom Deoband. PTI

“It is not allowed in Islam to represent the country as a Goddess’ idol and raise slogans hailing her,” said Ashram Usmani, public relations officer of the seminary.

The fatwa states that only a human can give birth to a human, so how can the country be called ‘mother’.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat had stirred a controversy with his remark that the younger generation needed to be taught to hail “Mother India”.

In apparent retaliation, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had said he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ as he was not obliged to do it under the Constitution and that he would not do so even if a “knife is put to my throat”.

The issue triggered a political slugfest with the Shiv Sena, BJP and other parties slamming the Hyderabad MP over his stand. Maharashtra Assembly suspended an AIMIM MLA after he refused to chant the slogan, while the Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed a censure motion against Owaisi.

Amid the raging row, Bhagwat said just days ago that nobody needs to be forced to raise the slogan and that efforts should be made to build a “great” India that is hailed across the globe voluntarily.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Giriraj Singh condemn fatwa against ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan

Condemning the fatwa issued by leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti on Friday said denying people to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan amounted to insulting the freedom fighters.’It is showing the fundamentalist side of Islam. Denying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ shows disrespect to martyrs of the country. It shows their mentality. They should understand that they are not living in Pakistan,’ said Jyoti.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Darul Uloom Deoband today issued a fatwa against chanting of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, saying that the slogan goes against the tenets of Islam.Meanwhile, Giriraj Singh said that it was an international conspiracy to break the country. ‘Bharat Mata, according to some Hindu sects, is a goddess and they worship her. For Muslims participating in worshiping a goddess would be un-Islamic, the fatwa said.The fatwa added, ‘We love our country, but we do not worship it, Islam allows worshiping only one God.’AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had stirred a hornet’s nest by rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the young generation be taught patriotic slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ stating that he won’t chant the slogan “even if a knife is put to his throat”.”I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do Bhagwat sahab'” Owaisi had said at a public rally in Latur.Leaders of various political parties, including the BJP and Congress, have condemned Owaisi’s stance.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted with chants of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans as soon as he climbed the stage by people sitting in the audience when he went to deliver the inaugural lecture at the World Sufi Forum on March 17.

Mohan Bhagwat says there is no motive behind RSS service

The RSS does not do service for publicity, its chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Tuesday. “We do not do publicity. We don’t do service for publicity,” Bhagwat said at an event here. He said “sensitivity” towards the society was at the core of RSS’ service, which it continue to render “as long as there in sorrow in the society”. Bhagwat said a Swayamsewak (volunteer) of the Sangh is free from self-interest and there is no “motive” behind the service he renders. He also referred to wide network of RSS and the work being done by the outfit in different states.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, Shaista Amber, President of the All India Muslim Women’s Personal Law Board, after a meeting with the RSS chief said “unnecessary misconception” was being spread about the Hindu right wing organisation and claimed it does not speak only about “Hindutva or Hindu Rashtra”.”I am of the belief that RSS does not speak only about Hindutva. I don’t feel that the Sangh only talks about Hindutva or Hindu Rashtra,” She said, adding due to several “misleading” things about the outfit’s “negative attitude” towards Muslims, she doubted whether Bhagwat would meet her.

We want the whole world to join Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the organisation wants to make the country exploitation-free and full of self-respect and whole world to salute India.”We want the whole world to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. We want to make Bharat (India) rich, free from exploitation and full of self-respect. For that we will have to live that Bharat in our lives,” Bhagwat said at the launch of a book on the life of late Madan Lal Agarwal, co-founder of Friends of Tribals Society.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief said after partition, Pakistan did not stake claim over the name ‘Bharat’ because it does not accept the qualities which are in Bharat. He said the Vedas, ‘Dev Bhasha’, ‘Aadi Bhasha’ and even the grammar of Sanskrit was created in the region that now belongs to Pakistan. “But they (Pakistan) took their own name and left the name ‘Bharat’ for us because the qualities which they don’t accept are in Bharat,” Bhagwat said.Referring to the Ramayana, whose veracity is questioned by many, Bhagwat said, “We say that it is very ancient but it is history.” On a lighter vein, Bhagwat said he was lucky to be leading RSS. “I don’t know what would have happened if there was an election. But here it is appointment. I am lucky,” he said.Earlier this month, the RSS chief’s remark that youth should be taught patriotic slogans triggered a debate after AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi refused to chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai” citing he was not obliged by the Constitution to do so.

Call for splitting Maharashtra attempts to weaken PM Modi: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena on Wednesday alleged that provocative statements favouring division of Maharashtra are aimed at creating an unrest in the state and an attempt to “weaken and destabilize” Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his own partymen.Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told PTI that the party is concerned about whether attempts are on to “weaken and destabilize” the Prime Minister by making such statements given the fact that he had assured he would protect Maharashtra’s integrity as long as he is in Delhi. “We suspect that people from the Prime Minister’s own party are trying to make him unstable by raking up the issue. Shiv Sena is unfazed. It is not afraid of a fight. It is ready for the battle for the cause of Maharashtra”, said Raut, whose party is a coalition partner of the BJP both at the Centre and in the state.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked whether the Sena would seek clarifications on the issue from the BJP and the RSS, Raut, who is leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha, said it needed to be understood that Maharashtra has not been created by making requests, submissions and petitions. “Maharashtra has been created following a struggle and sacrifice by 105 martyrs,” he said, insisting “Maharashtra is united, it will remain united.”Replying to a question, he said statements favouring division of Maharashtra could be an attempt aimed at creating unrest in the otherwise peaceful state. “It could be an attempt to divert the attention of the people from the burning problems of drought, scarcity of water, suicide by farmers and rising unemployment”, he said. Asked about RSS ideologue M G Vaidya’s statement that Maharashtra needed to be divided in four parts, Raut said as far as he is aware, Vaidya does not hold any position in the Sangh.In an apparent dig at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, he said RSS now issues clarifications to the statements of even its chief. The jibe was in obvious reference to RSS clarifying Bhagwat’s remarks on review of reservation policy which had created a controversy during the Bihar polls. Raut’s remarks came close on the heels of Vaidya’s statement favouring splitting Maharashtra into four states. Vaidya had said, “One state should be Mumbai along with Konkan, Western Maharashtra can be a second state, Vidarbha the third state and Marathwada including north Maharashtra the fourth state called Devgiri. “The government must set up a commission to carve out smaller states to ensure better governance and rapid progress of the people,” he had said.Earlier this week, Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney was forced to resign for his remark favouring a separate Marathwada state which led to an uproar in both Houses with the Opposition and even ruling ally Shiv Sena seeking his ouster. Aney had said at a programme where relief was distributed among families of farmers who committed suicide that Marathwada had suffered more injustice than Vidarbha, and called for a movement for creation of a separate state. A few months ago, he had sparked a similar row by calling for a referendum on a separate Vidarabha state.

Govt favours right to dissent, not nation’s destruction: Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said the BJP-led NDA Government is in favour of freedom of speech and right to dissent, but not the nation’s destruction.”Our directions are guided by the national principles. We fully support freedom of expression. Free speech and thought process of nationality co-exist. There is no duality in that. We fully support that there must be right to dissent and disagreement in the society,” Jaitley briefed the media here on the second day of the BJP’s national executive meet.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said the government’s focus is on economic and social inclusion and good governance.Saying that ideology of nationalism is the driving force for the BJP, he further stated that free speech and nationalism can co-exist.”The Constitution of the nation gives full freedom to dissent but not to freedom of the nation’s destruction. So, free speech and nationalism co-exist,” he said.Commenting on the ongoing controversy over raising the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Jaitley said that there should be no debate on this issue.”People in India should have absolutely no difficulty as far as this slogan is concerned. The best example you saw at the Eden Gardens yesterday,” he said.AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had stirred a hornet’s nest by rejecting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the young generation be taught patriotic slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ stating that he won’t chant the slogan “even if a knife is put to his throat”.Leaders of various political parties, including the BJP and Congress, have condemned Owaisi’s stance.

Two held for posting morphed pic of Mohan Bhagwat on social media

Two youths have been arrested here for allegedly posting and circulating a morphed objectionable photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on social media, police said on Friday.The youths identified as Shaqir (22) and Wasim (20) were arrested on March 16 for uploading the morphed picture of Bhagwat in a local social networking group of Bhikangaon town, Additional SP, Antar Singh Kanesh said.As the photo went viral on social media, RSS and BJP workers registered a strong protest on the issue following which a case was registered against the duo in Bhikangaon police station under Sections 67 of the IT Act and 505 (2) of IPC, he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The accused claimed that they had received the photo from some other group and they just forwarded it further, the ASP said.Both Shaqir and Wasim were arrested and sent to jail by JMFC Sadashiv Dagode. The duo has been sent to judicial custody till March 30.

Shiv Sena launches scathing attack on Owaisi; says revoke citizenship of those not chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’

Launching a scathing attack on AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi for his refusal to chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, the Shiv Sena on Thursday sought revocation of citizenship and voting rights of those who refuse to chant the slogan.The Sena also sought to know from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis how Owaisi was allowed to leave the state after he refused to chant the pro-India slogan.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Notably, against the backdrop of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India, Owaisi had, at a public rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district, recently said, “I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab.”In a vitriolic editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said, “Hardik Patel had by mistake disrespected the national flag and he was tried for sedition and is still in jail. Has Asaduddin Owaisi not committed treason as well by insulting mother India? The citizenship and voting rights of all those who do not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ should be revoked.””There is a BJP Chief Minister in the state. He has to answer how was Owaisi allowed to leave Latur after insulting the country,” it said.The Muslim community has remained “backward” due to the ideas propagated by people like Owaisi, the Sena said lashing out further at the MIM leader.However, MPCC spokesman Al-Nasser Zakaria alleged that the Sena is only indulging in politics of hypocrisy.”This is the height of hypocrisy. One one hand the Sena preaches patriotism lessons to others and on the other, indulges in massive corruption in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ruled by it. There are irregularities worth hundreds of crore in awarding contracts for various purposes,” he alleged.”They (the Sena) should understand that they will be taken seriously, even by their own ally (BJP) after they come clean themselves. Merely chanting slogans won’t make them nationalists,” Zakaria said.NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said everybody may not agree with the views of the RSS and BJP.”The RSS and the BJP are portraying ‘Bharat Mata’ as a ‘devi’ (goddess) and are expecting all to chant slogans.Everybody may not want to subscribe to this. But, nobody would mind praising mother India,” he said.”They should first clear their stand on whom do they actually want all Indians to praise and then go around giving certificates of patriotism to others,” he added.

Bharat Mata slogan row: BJP leader announces Rs 1 crore reward for cutting Asaduddin Owaisi’s tongue

A day after the Hindu Sena branded AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi as a ‘traitor’ for saying that he would never chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, a BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh has announced a reward of Rs 1 crore to whoever cuts Owaisi’s tongue.Calling Owaisi a traitor, BJP leader Shyam Prakash Dwivedi said he has no right to stay in India. Rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion of teaching students to chant slogans hailing mother India, Owaisi​, the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad had said he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat. He had added that nowhere in the Constitution does it says that one should chant the slogan. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab,” Owaisi had said at a rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district in Maharashtra on February 13.Dwivedi ​reportedly took offense at this statement. “I believe he is a traitor and if he has any objection in saying ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ then he does not deserve to stay in the country. His tongue should be cut and anyone who does, will be rewarded with Rs 1 crore,” reported CNN-IBN quoting Dwivedi.
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ALSO READ BJP hits back at Asaduddin Owaisi, says those not saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ should leave IndiaMeanwhile, the Shiv Sena has demanded the cancellation of Owaisi’s Indian citizenship. On Wednesday, Hindu Sena activists had allegedly put up posters at the entrance of his official residence on Ashoka Road.”The posters were fixed by our activists as they were angered by Owaisi openly saying that he will not say ‘Vande Mataram’. There should not be any place for traitors in the country,” said Vishnu Gupta, president of Hindu Sena. AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan was also suspended from Maharashtra Assembly for refusing to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, with legislators cutting across party lines pressing for action against him through a unanimous resolution.However, Owaisi said that his party’s MLA Waris Pathan’s suspension will set a wrong precedent, and it was the first time in the history of India that a person was suspended for not saying a slogan.(With PTI inputs)

Posters outside Asaduddin Owaisi’s Delhi residence brand him ‘traitor’

Posters branding AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi as a “traitor” and charging him with causing “insult of Bharat Mata” appeared at the entrance of his official residence on Ashoka Road on Wednesday. The posters were put up allegedly by Hindu Sena activists at around 7 pm. The posters were removed immediately and police began a probe. “The posters were fixed by our activists as they were angered by Owaisi openly saying that he will not say ‘Vande Mataram’. There should not be any place for traitors in the country,” said Vishnu Gupta, president of Hindu Sena.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion for infusing patriotism in the young generation, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had said he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat. “I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab?” the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad had said at a rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district in Maharashtra on February 13.Police said information has been received about the posters and they are looking into the matter.

Venkaiah Naidu pulls up Owaisi for refusing to say ‘bharat mata ki jai’

Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said it is extremely unfortunate that some ‘shameful’ people have expressed their opposition to raising pro-national slogans.Naidu’s remark came in the wake of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s rant that he would not raise slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ to prove his loyalty to the nation.”India is our mother and no one should have objection to pay obeisance to mother. It is the misfortune of the country that some people object to it. They are shameless. Some parties are backing such forces, it is unfortunate. There no need to pressurize anyone or there is no need of a law to respect our mother,” Naidu told the media here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An adamant Owaisi had yesterday said backed his earlier remark and said that he has not violated any law.”I stand by my statement. Why should I raise such a slogan to prove my loyalty to this country? I have not violated any law,? Owaisi told ANI on Monday.Owaisi’s comments came in wake of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India.The RSS chief had earlier said the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India. Bhagwat’s comments came against the backdrop of the row over alleged anti-India sloganeering in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on February 9.

Uttar Pradesh: 5 dead, 11 others injured in road mishap

Five persons were killed on Sunday and 11 others injured after the vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a ditch in Fatehganj Dakshini area here, police said.The accident took place this morning after the driver of the passenger jeep lost control causing the vehicle to plunge into a ditch. Driver, Rakesh (25) and passenger Rambedi (34) were killed on the spot while Niranjan (30), Bhagwat Sharan (36) and Vikas (12) died during treatment, police said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bodies were sent for postmortem while the injured were rushed to a government hospital where their condition is said to be stable, they added.

Mohan Bhagwat says apolitical committee should decide on reservation eligibility, Congress slams him

Hours after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat batted for forming an apolitical committee to decide on eligibility for reservation, Congress said he has a habit of saying controversial things and people affiliated to him should “reform” him or masses will do so.”He (Bhagwat) always says controversial things. He had earlier said reservation should be reviewed and that it should end. This has been his habit. His people should take care of him or masses will reform him,” Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said after an all-party meeting called by the Speaker. In the wake of the Jat agitation in Harayana over quota, Bhagwat on Monday suggested that a non-political committee be formed to decide on eligibility for reservation.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Many people are demanding reservation. I feel a committee should be formed to decide who are eligible for reservation. The committee should be apolitical so that there are no vested interests,” Bhagwat had said in Kolkata.The JD(U) also condemned the “repeated efforts” of Bhagwat to abolish the ongoing reservation policy.”This is not for the first time that such a statement to review the reservation policy has been made by the BJP or the RSS leader…such statements made by BJP and RSS leaders are against the spirit of Constitution,” JD(U) leader K C Tyagi said in a statement.

Hope RSS hoists tricolor instead of saffron flags at its headquarters: JD(U)

In an apparent jibe at the Union HRD Ministry’s order for all Central Universities to hoist the national flag, JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi on Friday urged RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to hoist the tricolor instead of the saffron flag at organisation’s headquarters.”I welcome this decision of the HRD Ministry that the flag should be hoisted atop the buildings of the university buildings. But I would request the RSS chief to hoist the tricolor instead of the saffron flags at the RSS headquarters, this would strengthen the national integrity,” Tyagi said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to evoke students’ patriotic spirit, the government has made it mandatory for each central university in the country to fly an Indian flag on a 207-feet high mast. The decision was unanimously supported at a meeting called by Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on February 18 in which the vice-chancellors of 46 central universities participated.”All central universities to fly national flag on a 207-feet high mast on their campuses to signify ‘strong and united’ India,” the HRD Ministry said in a statement. The government claimed that the proposal came from the vice-chancellors.

Indians known as Hindus when they go abroad, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said India has accepted diversity and all Indians, when they go abroad, are known as Hindus.”We are all Hindus. There is diversity in the country, but when we go out of India, people (there) call us Hindus,” he said. “There is no country in the world today whose basic thinking is that all people are their own. India is the only country which thinks so,” Bhagwat said, addressing a public meeting in the tribal Nandurbar district of north Maharashtra.He said India can teach the world how to solve global problems. “Everything is in our hands,” Bhagwat said, speaking at the Satpura Hindu Convention organised by RSS. “The root of our culture lies in valleys, forests and agriculture. Till the time Lord Ram was in the palace at Ayodhya, he did not have the powers to kill Ravana. Ravana was killed with the powers Ram got by wandering around in forests and valleys,” Bhagwat said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking about India’s religious diversity, Bhagwat said all religions were accepted here. “To be together, it is not necessary to be alike,” the RSS chief said. “We are people of a country where we worship God in different forms. A Hindu is one who recognises that God. We have been respecting each other’s differences,” Bhagwat said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s border visit violation of cooperative federalism: Tarun Gogoi

Everybody knows that law and order is a state subject and Assam Government is extending full cooperation to the Central security agencies in guarding the international border along with checking infiltration, Gogoi said.

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Pathankot terror attack:Terrorists may have entered IAF campus on January 1 afternoon

Officials termed it as a “serious security breach” which will be investigated only after the operation inside the campus is over and an all clear signal was received from the IAF authorities. The IAF authorities have been asked to preserve the register of sentry duties of January one and a through questioning is expected once the operation is over, the sources said.

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Website releases papers detailing day before Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s plane crash

In Tourane, Bose spent the night at a hotel, probably Hotel Morin, the website said citing documents. The remaining future revelations on the site aim to lay the facts behind the plane crash the next day that is believed to have killed Netaji, the website said.

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NSG braveheart Niranjan Kumar martyred in Pathankot terror attack

Kumar was with the Madras Engineering Group of the Army before joining the prestigious NSG. His body will be cremated at his native village in Palakkad.

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Congress demands SC-monitored probes in Odisha mining, chitfund scams

Ramesh said the “misuse” of CBI was not confined to Odisha, making a reference to its probe into the chit-fund scam in West Bengal.

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All religions teach us truth and non-violence: Mohan Bhagwat

“To become fearless one does not only need physical strength, but the strength of humility. The real strength of India is its culture. All religions in our country teach us to adopt truth and non-violence,” he said. The RSS chief said that to make the nation “truly great”, the youth of India should be developed accordingly. “India can show the way forward to the world. We have to develop the youth of the nation to make India truly great. Youth need to be taught lessons in ethics. For this, the teachings of our great saints should first be inculcated in one’s own life, then in one’s homes before being spread outside,” Bhagwat said.

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Pathankot terror attack masterminded by Pakistan army HQ, claim experts

This would, in turn, also help bring back focus on the Pakistan military’s propaganda painting their country a victim of terrorism, facing an aggressive eastern neighbour (India) and an Afghanistan that is heavily pro-India.

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Largely even numbered vehicles on Day 2, deputy CM cycles to work

Delhi government is running 5082 buses including 1170 private buses today. On the first day of odd-even formula yesterday, 5309 buses were running, said a senior government official adding that number of buses may go up on Monday.

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Now, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says Britain aped Indian education system

Former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said in his speech at the function that India must exploit the science and technology more and more for the development of agriculture and the rural areas. Nair also expressed concern about rising costs of medical treatment in the country.

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On day two of odd-even scheme, air quality shows improvement

Experts also said that the high pollution levels on Saturday morning can be attributed to foggy conditions witnessed in the capital. The SAFAR air monitoring system is also analysing Delhi’s pollution during the odd-even system’s 15-day period. The analysis indicated that on January 1 midnight, the average pollution levels had peaked and dipped gradually by 4pm Saturday.

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