India will be a Hindu state in 30 years

New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat said at a press conference in Delhi on 28 August that in the next 25/30 years Sangh will achieve its target i e India will become a Hindu Rashtra. In reply to questions about the on-going crisis and confusion in BJP, he avoided a clear-cut answer and said that it is BJP's internal problem; let them solve it. Sangh is not concerned with it. Media persons had been expecting that Bhagwat will express his views about this but his reply disappointed them. He however said that he is confident that its leaders will themselves solve the difficult problem.

He said that the thinking of Indian Muslims towards Sangh is changing fast and people of Muslim society are associating themselves with Sangh in large number which is a matter of great pleasure for us. On persistent questions by media persons about Sangh views on BJP, he said that Sangh neither gives advice to any body nor interferes in political affairs of any party. On the issue of Jinnah he said that people cannot forget his direct action and he too remembers it. As regards other issues concerning him (Jinnah) he said that these are topics of research with which he has nothing to do. About the present situation of BJP, he said that minor differences should do not be taken to mean that BJP's decline is imminent. He said that if BJP needs help, Sangh is prepared to help them. When asked about who will play the role of Atal and Advani now, he said that the party will decide this. He however hinted that after 70, leaders should retire.

Commenting on Bhagwat's target of India becoming a Hindu Rashtra in 30 years or so, incharge of Rabta Madaris Islamia Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Shaukat Ali Qasmi said at Bangalore on 30 August that India is secular country where roots of secularism are very deep and strong, Mohan Bhagwat can never succeed in his target of India becoming a Hindu Rashtra in 30 or so years. He said that before this, the organisation Abhinav Bharat had laid the target of 25 years and for which it adopted the path of violence. He said that even if they take recourse to maximum violence, they will never succeed in converting this great country to Hindu Rashtra.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2009 on page no. 9

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