RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said that there was an atmosphere of hope and enthusiasm in the country after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office and that “unity in diversity in India’s strength”.
“India’s image in the world has improved. The situation in India has improved. There was an environment of disappointment two years ago, but now there is an atmosphere of hope and enthusiasm,” Bhagwat said in Nagpur.
However, he said that \small episodes’ “small episodes” cannot damage the country’s culture. This comment could kick off a fresh controversy as this is likely to be linked with Dadri lynching and the burning alive of two small Dalit children in the BJP-ruled Haryana.
On both these incidents, the saffron brigade has had to face widespread criticism from India’s intellectual class.
Bhagwat’s controversial comments relating to ‘quota-system’ had made the BJP defensive in the ongoing Bihar polls prompting the party to issue several clarifications that it was not against reservations.
The RSS chief’s comments also come hours after one of the senior cabinet ministers in Narendra Modi’s cabinet, VK Singh, likened the murder of two dalit children in Haryana to pelting stones at dogs.