HYDERABAD: Stating that the proposed Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill was against the majority community, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday questioned the constitutional sanctity of National Advisory Council, which had drafted the bill.
Speaking at a meeting organised by the Martyrs’ Memorial Research Institute (MMRI) on Sunday, the RSS chief was highly critical of the NAC and its team members. He pointed out that even the Supreme Court had raised questions on the ‘credentials’ of a few NAC members.
“This bill intends to create differences among the people. How can a committee with controversial people draft this bill? How can the government justify its display on an official website without a debate on it? Is the country being run by the NAC or the Prime Minister?” he asked.
Bhagwat asked youth to be on the guard against cultural invasion that is being triggered from foreign shores to stop India from emerging as a super power. “Their aim is to divide its people and create a rift among communities. Today, cultural invasion is more dangerous and effective than a direct invasion,” he observed.
He cited the example of Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day that are purely west-centric. “Do we need to remember our parents only on these days? India’s rich heritage gives an opportunity to each one of us to respect our mother and father every day for a lifetime,” he said.
Observing that national borders were still porous, Mohan Bhagwat lashed out at the Government of India for neglecting the border with China, despite knowing fully well their intentions. “They (China) are sure about the fact that we are emerging as a strong nation. They know our potential as a knowledge-based society. Realising our importance, they have started laying roads, railway lines and airports even in some of the remotest stretches along the border. Suprisingly, the Government of India has not responded in a fitting way,” the RSS chief said.