Hindutva is the essence of the country!

Speaking at the Sangh’s annual Vijayadashami rally Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said India needs to be more powerful than China in terms of military preparedness. India needs to be militarily better prepared against China.
China today is India’s biggest strategic-security challenge and its ability to hector neighbouring countries stems from its meteoric economic and military growth. Moreover, India, with close to 18% of the world’s population, generates only 3% of its GDP. It can certainly aspire to a ramping up of its economic strength. China encroached on our borders amid the pandemic. The world knows the expansionist nature of that country. Taiwan and Vietnam are examples of Chinese expansionist designs.
Bhagwat is also right in suggesting that New Delhi’s response to Beijing’s aggressive moves may have given the latter pause. India is a proud nation with a professional military, which Beijing seriously underestimated when it expected a subservient approach from New Delhi. 
Given that the BJP derives its ideological inspiration from the RSS, and there is a close degree of coordination between the government, the party, and the larger “ideological family”, the speech has assumed even greater importance since 2014.  Bhagwat said India is a Hindu Rashtra and Hindutva is the essence of the country’s selfhood. He said when the RSS says Hindustan is a Hindu Rashtra, it does not have any political or power-centred concept in its mind. According to him, the term Hindutva has been distorted by appending a ritualistic connotation to it. Bhagwat said the Sangh believes the term is applicable to all 1.3 billion people in the country who call themselves the sons and daughters of Bharatvarsh...and who are proud of the heritage of their ancestors.
In his address to a small gathering of swayamsevaks at the RSS’s annual Vijayadashami event that was shrunk by restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, Bhagwat threw his weight behind the central government on the three contentious farm laws and virtually endorsed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s theory of an “international conspiracy” against the state government — even though he did not directly mention either the new laws or the Hathras incident, both of which triggered powerful protests.
On other hands, the Shiv Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana on Tuesday, said through the CM’s speech on Dussehra, the true meaning of Hindutva reached the whole country.“The Hindutva of the BJP revolves around gomata and this has caused a lot of bloodshed in the country,” the Saamana editorial read. "Veer Savarkar had a different opinion on this. He was not ready to consider cow as a symbol of Hindutva," the Sena said. In an editorial, the Sena wrote, “RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has a scientific approach. He knows praying inside temple won't take away coronavirus. If temples are open, there will be crowd and coronavirus will spread.”
 

- Prabhakar Purandare

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