Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said Muslims in India are the "happiest". Bhagwat, who was addressing a gathering of intellectuals in Odisha’s Bhubaneshwar on Saturday said that "Hindu" is not a name of a language, province or country but a culture, which is the legacy of all people living in India. "Muslims in India are the happiest. Why is that? It is because we are Hindus. Whenever a country in the world was confused over something and diverted from the right path, it came to India in searching the truth. When the Jews were being chased away from the entire world, India was the only country to give them shelter. The Persians are also able to practise their religion freely here”, ANI quotes RSS chief as saying.
He added that "Hindu" is not a name of a language, province or country but a culture, which is the legacy of all people living in India.
During his Vijayadashmi speech at RSS headquarters in Nagpur last week, Bhagwat had said that only people with vested interests were against a strong and vibrant India. "A developed Bharat creates fear in the minds of vested interests. Only people with vested interests don't want Bharat to be strong and vibrant....," he had said.
He had also sought to eject the perception that the 'Hindu Rashtra' is synonymous with a majoritarian and authoritarian agenda. He said that the RSS was committed to the “limits of the Constitution”, multiculturalism and social harmony and he distanced the organisation from the aggressively rising anti-minority behaviour of groups led by miscreants claiming Sangh affiliations.
(With inputs from ANI)