Nagpur (TIP): In an address that was telecast live on national broadcaster Doordarshan, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on October 3 patted the Narendra Modi government for initiatives on national security, economy and international relations in a short period of four months.
Speaking at the customary function on Dusshera which coincides with 89th foundation day of his organisation, he said positive signs are emanating that give people the hope that India is emerging stronger on the international stage.
The hour-long broadcast by DD for the first time of an RSS function stoked a controversy with Congress and CPI(M) attacking the government for “misuse” of the state broadcaster while BJP defended it, saying RSS genuinely contributed to patriotism and always patronised ‘justice to all’ philosophy.
In his address, Bhagwat said people should give some more time to the government for expedition and efficient execution of its policies.
Unless the last person in the country feels satisfied with welfare initiatives, security and safety, the government cannot complete its task, he said.
“We don’t have a magic wand to change but the government seems committed,” the Sangh chief said.
Bhagwat said Modi’s recent visit to the US has sent positive signals and has ushered a new enthusiasm among people of the country.
“A new ray of hope has entered in the hearts of the people. The entire country was feeling proud of the visit and the subsequent talks with the US government,” he said, adding, the world needs India.
He also lauded the efforts of the Centre and volunteers of the RSS for undertaking rescue works in Jammu and Kashmir which has recently witnessed worst-ever floods.
While paying homage to those killed in the floods, Bhagwat said, “Our sympathies are with the families.”
Speaking on terrorism, Bhagwat said “jehadi” activities were increasing in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and alleged that illegal immigration from Bangladesh into the states of West Bengal, Assam and Bihar will endanger the life of “Hindu society” there.
He said RSS workers were being killed in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the pace of investigations was slow.
The Sangh chief accused the western countries of acting on “selfish interest” of procuring oil in West Asia and attributed this as the cause of rise in terror activities of the Islamic State (IS).
“Self-centred collective greed gives rise to exploitation, suppression, violence and fanaticism. The basis of selfish interest by the western countries is fully responsible for a new incarnation of terror and fundamentalism that emerged in West Asia in the name of ISIS which is terrorising the world,” Bhagwat said.
There is no doubt that most countries and religious groups of the world are unitedly fighting against the menace, he said.