Amend Con­sti­tu­tion to in­te­grate J&K peo­ple with rest of In­dia: RSS chief

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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.

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