Amend Constitution to integrate J&K people with rest of India: RSS chief
Any decision (on Rohingya) should be taken keeping in mind that they will be a threat to national security and integrity Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat spoke up for the people of Jammu and Kashmir in his annual Dasara address on Saturday, pitching for “necessary constitutional amendments” to enable them to get “completely assimilated” with the rest of the country.
In a wide-ranging Vijaya Dashami Utsav speech at the RSS headquarters that touched on cow vigilantism, Rohingya refugee crisis and democratisation of governance, he said the problems of people displaced from the Kashmir Valley during the 1990s were yet to be addressed.
“Necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed in that state. Only when the constitutional amendments are done, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir can be completely assimilated with the rest of India,” he said, in what appeared to be a reference to Article 370 that gives special status to J&K.
The RSS chief turned the debate on cow vigilantism on its head, saying those crying foul over it were the ones stoking religious passions.
“There is a nefarious campaign going on against cow protection. It’s unnecessarily creating tension among people of different religions. Cow protectors who are piously involved in the activity should not worry about the well-intentioned statements by highly placed persons in the government or remarks made by the Supreme Court. Vested interests are misinterpreting these statements to influence public opinion.”
Bhagwat did not say who the highly placed individuals making ‘wellintentioned statements’ were.
On the economic downturn over which the Modi regime is being panned, he said all policies needed rethinking and that jobs should be a priority for the government.