Fears about loss of land, jobs in J&K must be allayed: RSS
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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In a rare interaction with around 80 foreign journalists, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the Sangh’s Hindutva stands for unity in diversity