Fears about loss of land, jobs in J&K must be al­layed: RSS

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New Delhi: RSS chief Mo­han Bhag­wat said Hin­dutva stood for “unity in di­ver­sity” and said con­cerns about loss of land in Kash­mir af­ter the re­moval of J&K’s spe­cial sta­tus should be ad­dressed and ap­pre­hen­sions put to rest.

In a rare in­ter­ac­tion with around 80 for­eign jour­nal­ists rep­re­sent­ing more than 50 or­gan­i­sa­tions and hail­ing from 30 coun­tries, Bhag­wat on Tues­day spoke on a range of is­sues — J&K, laws re­lat­ing to ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, cow vig­i­lan­tism, eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, etc.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Bhag­wat claimed peo­ple in Kash­mir were ear­lier “alien­ated” but nul­li­fi­ca­tion of Ar­ti­cle 370 had re­moved bar­ri­ers that sep­a­rated them from the rest of the na­tion.

In a state­ment, RSS said: “This in­ter­ac­tion was part of the con­tin­u­ous process where the ‘sarsanghch­a­lak’ (chief) en­gages in con­struc­tive di­a­logue with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of so­ci­ety.”

About ap­pre­hen­sions that the move on Ar­ti­cle 370 would lead to “out­siders” buy­ing land, Bhag­wat is learned to have said: “What­ever fears they have about los­ing land and jobs should be al­layed.”

On the is­sue of the NRC, he said it was not about ex­pelling peo­ple but iden­ti­fy­ing cit­i­zens. “There is no place for Hin­dus in the world ex­cept In­dia,” sources quot­ing him as say­ing. Bhag­wat had re­cently said in Kolkata that no Hindu will have to leave the coun­try be­cause of NRC.

On ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, he said it was a “vari­a­tion”, not an “ab­nor­mal­ity”. “They (ho­mo­sex­u­als) should be treated as equal hu­man be­ings and in­te­grated into so­ci­ety.”

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PTI

In a rare in­ter­ac­tion with around 80 for­eign jour­nal­ists, RSS chief Mo­han Bhag­wat said that the Sangh’s Hin­dutva stands for unity in di­ver­sity

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