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RSS Chief preaches Hindutva

Harmeet Singh

Jammu, June 23: In the RSS-sponsored function at General Zorawar Singh auditorium of Jammu University on Tuesday fiery speeches were given by the BJP and RSS chiefs advocating Hindutva and abrogation of Article 370.  

 Addressing the right-wing convention, RSS chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat and BJP supremo Rajnath Singh strongly advocated Hindutva and abrogation of Article 370 that guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir. 
 The event was organized by the Foundation to commemorate the death anniversary of BJP ideologue and founder president of Bharatiya Janasangh, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee. 
 The RSS chief forcefully advocated right-wing ideology saying that Hindutva was the fundamental constituent of Sangh and BJP ideology and the survival of these sister organizations was solely dependent on it. “Without Hindutva the political organization (BJP) and its ‘social’ wing (RSS) could not imagine to survive,” Bhagwat thundered. He said BJP was founded by Mookerjee solely for promoting Hindutva ideology and the party can’t go back on its core agenda.
 “We can never forfeit the word Hindu and Hindutva as we would be rendered nonentities without these. We have to carry forward our Hindutva agenda, come what may,” Bhagwat said.
 Calling for abrogation of Article 370 - guaranteeing special status to Jammu and Kashmir – Bhagwat said it was an important issue with both BJP and the RSS, as they are for “J&K’s integration with the Indian union.” He said abrogation of Article 370 would always remain a key issue for BJP and RSS.
 In his address, the BJP president, Rajnath Singh, focused on the issues of militancy and doing away with the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. He said Article 370 was the main source for discrimination with Jammu and Ladakh regions and the root cause of militancy in the state. He said even after losing the parliamentary elections recently, BJP never gave up its demand for abrogating Article 370. 
 “We lost the recent parliamentary elections, still we are pleading the abrogation (of Article 370) as it is the fundamental duty of every ‘nationalist’ to struggle for J&K’s integration with the country. We cannot afford another division and thus it is our national cause to advocate abrogation of this discriminatory article,” he stressed.
 Speaking in the morning session, former Punjab DGP, KPS Gill, lambasted the center for its alleged failure to formulate a national security policy. He said there was more danger to the country’s security from its politicians than from Pakistan.
 “There is neither national security policy nor strategic planning in the country. The present government has failed in this regard,” Gill said while delivering the keynote address at the seminar on ‘Security of Northern Frontier and National Integration’. Charging the UPA government with caring little for the country’s strategic interests either in South Asia or in the global context, he said, “I tell you, the country’s security faces more danger from the politicians and their ideology than from Pakistan”. “What is UPA doing to evolve a national security policy? Nothing. Be it the problems of Maoists, Naxals, Punjab violence, Karantaka communal clashes or even terror attacks in various places,” he said. “They (UPA) have done nothing to rein them in,” Gill said.
 Others who addressed the morning session included former ambassador and visiting professor of Jamia Milia Islamia University, TCA Rangachari, T Sobdan, senior fellow, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, Lt Gen (retd) MC Bhandari, ex-BGS 15 Corps and well known Buddhist leader Thupstan Chewnag. 
 Sources in the University told Greater Kashmir that the administration permitted the seminar and other academic activities as per schedule, but refused the organizers to political function – an advice the organizers never adhered to.

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