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While Talking of Non-Violence, India Will 'Carry a Stick': Mohan Bhagwat

Anyone standing in the way of India's "progress", the RSS chief said, "will be either removed or finished".

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New Delhi: Days after communal violence was reported from several states across the country, allegedly instigated by right-wing groups during Ram Navami processions, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that while talking about non-violence, India will also “carry a stick”. The world only understands the language of power, Bhagwat claimed.

The RSS chief, addressing a gathering of saints in Haridwar on Wednesday (April 13), said that Swami Vivekananda and Maharshi Aurobindo’s dream India will be realised in only 10 or 15 years.

“You spoke about 20-25 years, but if we increase our speed, I say 10-15 years. In that period, we will see…the India that Swami Vivekananda and Maharshi Aurobindo had imagined,” the RSS chief said.

“Everything will not be achieved at once. I do not have the power at all…it is with people. They have the control. When they are ready, everyone’s behaviour changes. We are preparing them; you also do it. We will walk together as an example, without fear. We will talk about non-violence, but we will walk with a stick. And that stick will be a heavy one,” Bhagwat said.

“We have no ill-will, no enmity with anyone. The world only understands power. We should have strength, and it should be visible,” he continued.

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India’s progress, according to Bhagwat, “is not possible without the progress of religion”. “Sanatan Dharma is only Hindu Rashtra. The progress of India is assured,” he claimed.

Anyone standing in this India’s way, the RSS chief said, “will be either removed or finished”.

Just days before Bhagwat’s comments, on Ram Navami (April 10), religious processions in various parts of the country turned violent and communal violence was reported. One person was killed in Gujarat’s Anand.