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Allay Kashmiris’ fears of loss of land, jobs: RSS chief

PTI New Delhi | Updated on September 24, 2019 Published on September 24, 2019

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat   -  PTI

Interacting with journalists from foreign media, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said the fear of losing land and jobs among the people of Jammu and Kashmir, after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions, should be allayed, sources said.

He asserted that putting an end to the region’s special status will help integrate Kashmiris with rest of the country.

Bhagwat claimed that Kashmiris were earlier “alienated” but the repeal of the provisions of Article 370 will remove the barriers that existed between them and the rest of the nation.

The RSS, in a statement, said: “This interaction was part of the continuous process where the Sarsanghchalak (chief) engages in constructive dialogue with people from different walks of life.”

On apprehensions of Kashmiris that the move on Article 370 will lead to “outsiders” buying their land, Bhagwat is learnt to have said, “Whatever fears they have about losing land and jobs should be allayed.”

On NRC

On the issue of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, he said it’s not about expelling people but identifying the citizens. “There is no place for Hindus in the world except India,” sources said quoting him.

On homosexuality

Asked about homosexuality, an issue on which the view of the Hindutva organisation has evolved over time, Bhagwat said it’s a “variation” and not an “abnormality”.

“They should be treated as equal human beings and integrated into the society,” the RSS chief said.

About incidents of mob lynching, Bhagwat said the RSS condemns all forms of violence and its volunteers should try to stop such incidents.

“If a swayamsevak (member) is found guilty, we will disown him and the law should follow its own course,” he said. Bhagwat, under whose stewardship the RSS has opened up comparatively, also told foreign journalists that his organisation will never be a political body and “the Hindutva it espouses is about unity in diversity”.

With the organisation being the ideological fountain head of the ruling BJP, many critics accuse the RSS of being a political organisation, despite its assertions to the contrary.

To a question on economy, which has seen a slowdown, Bhagwat said that there was “no policy paralysis” since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister but added that the RSS is not an expert on the issue, sources said.

Around 80 journalists representing more than 50 organisations and hailing from 30 countries attended the interaction, it said.

Published on September 24, 2019
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