The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday effectively rejected everything that the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said at the United Nations General Assembly in her speech recently.
Swaraj, while replying to Pakistan, had highlighted that India had become a superpower in the field of IT besides establishing IITs and IIMs since achieving independence in 1947 while the neighbouring country remained a hub of terror.
She had paid particular emphasis on how governments of other political parties too had carried only the agenda of development towards making India as a superpower globally. Swaraj earned plenty of plaudits for her ‘perfect response’ to Pakistan. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised through a series of tweets.
However, on Saturday, while delivering the annual Vijaya Dashami speech at the group’s headquarters in Nagpur, Bhagwat negated everything that Swaraj said in the UNGA.
Bhagwat, who’s often considered as the remote control for the current central government in Delhi, said, “It’s been 70 years since we achieved independence, but this is for the first time that India’s reputation has been enhanced.”
Bhagwat, the leader of BJP’s ideological mentor, also had his comments reserved for ‘jihadists’ and ‘anti-nationals.’
“Some anti-national and jihadi forces are attempting to create an anarchist situation in the states on the border areas, but the circumstances of West Bengal and Kerala are also not hidden from anybody. To achieve their narrow political aims, the governments there seem to be supporting anti-national forces,” Bhagwat declared.
Calling the critics of the Modi government anti-nationals and jihadis have become a new fashion in modern India. The RSS is desperately trying to make inroads in Kerala and West Bengal, two states with considerably large Muslim populations.
Bhagwat also had message for the Supreme Court, which is currently hearing the petition opposing the central government’s move to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees staying in India. He said that Rohingyas could pose a threat to the country’s security and integrity and any decision on them must be taken keeping this aspect in view.