The joint secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Manmohan Vaidya, said on Monday that the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is a “political gimmick” that will not unite the people of India through hatred.
Speaking to the press after a three-day RSS all-India coordination meeting in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
Vaidya claims that the Congress tried to outlaw the RSS because of how much it was hated within the party. Despite this, the RSS has flourished with the support of the people of India. And if someone tries to bring people together through hate, it would appear to be a political gimmick and will not accomplish its intended aim, he continued, “It’s lovely to hear people talk about the oneness of the country, but how do you connect via hatred?”
Clearly referring to Rahul Gandhi’s ancestors, he said, “Do you (the Congress) wish to foster animosity among people? For a very long time, they (Congress) have harboured animosity (against the RSS). The Sangh was humiliated by his (obviously referring to Rahul Gandhi’s) baap-dada (ancestors), who then used all of their power to suppress the Sangh and twice
Vaidya said, “This also reflects their (the Congress’) hostility,” when asked to comment on the controversial tweet from the party showing a pair of burning khaki shorts.
The Congress tweeted a photo of incendiary khaki shorts on Monday to promote its Bharat Jodo Yatra, with the comment, “To free the country from the bonds of hate and undo the devastation done by BJP-RSS.”
In response to Vaidya, the Congress said, “Those who contributed in separating this nation must never to preach about unity. Congress spokesman RP Singh claimed that these groups were anti-Hindu, anti-people, and anti-nation.
Vaidhya also mentioned that the RSS has been expanding in recent years, with more and more young people expressing interest in joining online.
Around 90,000 young people have expressed interest in joining the RSS so far this year, he stated, and that number increased to over 1.25 million between 2017 and 2021.
According to RSS representatives, discussions of incorporating Hindu and Hindutva topics into university curricula were part of the three-day all-India coordination meeting.
Vaidya questioned why Hindu studies weren’t a part of the Indian curriculum, pointing out that subjects like tribal migration and national unity were included in the “Akhil Bharatiya Samanvay Baithak.”
There were about 240 representatives from groups inspired by the RSS, as well as the RSS’s chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale, and the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), J P Nadda.