'Hinduness accepts people irrespective of what they eat or wear': Mohan Bhagwat

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Mohan Bhagwat told diplomats that the RSS runs 1.70 lakh service projects in various fields including health, education, rural development, and invited them to visit these projects. Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha moderated the interaction.

India Foundation tweeted: "Ambassadors & Diplomatic Officials of more than 50 Countries attended #BreakfastBriefing of India Foundation addressd by Dr Mohan Bhagwat Ji".

The final hearing in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya case is slated for December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the Babri masjid demolition.

In response to questions posed at the event relating to the RSS's role in the government, a tweet by BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, who is a director at India Foundation, quoted Bhagwat as saying, "Sangh doesn't run BJP; BJP doesn't run Sangh". The RSS chief, who spoke on the activities of the organisation, spoke at some length on "Hinduness", which he said accepted everyone, irrespective of what the person wore or ate.

"As Swayamsevaks, we consult and exchange notes, but are independent in functioning", he said. His comments come in the backdrop of BJP and Sangh being accused of encouraging right-wing extremists like cow vigilantes and the saffron parivar claiming that it is being targeted selectively by political opponents. "The doors of Hinduism are open to all even today as we believe all of us originally are Hindus", he said while speaking at Patanjali Yogpeeth where a programme was organised by yoga guru Ramdev on Monday to mark Bhagwat's birthday. When someone says I am a Hindu, it is not about religion or how one lives. "Hinduness is free from this "ism", he said. Hinduness is the ever-changing quality of Hinduism", he said.

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