RSS Does Not Support Violence: Manmohan Vaidya on Cow Vigilantism

The RSS leader said it does not support any kind of violence linked to cow protection and demanded action against those found guilty.

Jammu: Calling for an end to politicisation of incidents of cow vigilantism, the RSS has said it does not support any kind of violence linked to cow protection and demanded action against those found guilty.

RSS’s prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya’s remarks come at a time when the opposition is trying to corner the government in the parliament over killings by the so-called cow vigilantes.

“Instead of connecting it (violence in the name of cow protection) to the RSS, action should be taken and those who are found guilty should be punished. Law should take its own course,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Vaidya, who was replying to questions on incidents of lynching and violence linked to cow protection, said, “Sangh does not support any kind of violence. We have said it earlier and made it clear earlier too.”

On responding to the ideological bent colouring these attacks, he said, “Gau raksha is a different issue. The movement of gau raksha has been going on for hundreds of years. These incidents have been happening for years together. It is not that it has happened for the first time.”

The RSS leader said that the media is trying to connect it to a kind of ideology that it propounds, and that the opposition is trying to politicise the issue on that basis.

“It is wrong. The RSS has never supported violence. Doing politics over it and demeaning a part of the society, it is not good,” he said.

Vaidya was also critical of the UPA government’s attempts to indict the RSS for terrorism, saying that, “It was wrong to politicise the issue and involve the RSS.” He also added that it was wrong for the previous government to give it a political turn and they later got exposed.

“Identity of this country is Hindutava, which is not against any other religion. We believe in the philosophy of well being of everyone,” he added.

In reply to a question about election of NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind as the country’s 14th president, he said as all lawmakers have chosen him as president and it should be respected. “It is a welcome step. He has been a BJP activist and governor. It was a decision of the party,” he said.

He said the situation in Bengal, which was debated in the conference, “is serious and Hindus live in fear there”.

“They are being targeted… The government is sitting silent. In the March conference, the RSS passed a resolution condemning it. But the situation has not improved there,” he added.

The three-day national RSS conclave ended yesterday. It was the first meet of the organisation in Jammu and Kashmir since Independence, held following the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims and against the backdrop of the worsening security situation and increasing militancy in Kashmir. Issues related to the situation in the state, country and several other topics were discussed in it.

As many as 195 pracharaks (preachers), heads of all allied organisations of RSS and top leaders took part in the conference, in which its chief Mohan Bhagwat, senior leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale and Krishna Gopal also participated.

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