Taking a swipe at the BJP and RSS for "dividing the nation along communal lines", All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijaya Singh said in Bhopal on Sunday that such efforts could keep 'politics' of some individuals and groups alive but India as a nation would be 'dead'.
Speaking at the 130th Foundation Day ceremony of the Congress at Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) headquarters, Digvijaya Singh said that Indian Constitution granted permission to every individual and group to observe their faith and propogate it but conversion of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism in the name of 'Ghar Vapsi' was a clear attempt at dividing the nation on communal lines.
He further said that after Independence, there were many battles between politicial ideologies and ideologues but never a battle among people of different faiths. Islam and Christianity came to India and they are now part of collective consciusness of our nation.
He said Congress leaders made umpteen sacrifies for freedom of the country and it's time that party cadres pledge to fight against the ideologies which are working overtime to divide the nation.
He said 'Hindutava' was a political phrase coined by people who have nothing to do with the spirit of Sanatan Dhrama followed by majority of people of India. Singh said that persons like Sawarkar, who inspire the BJP and the RSS, never followed Sanatan Dharma, which is essentially secular and allows all faiths to prosper without conflict.
Congress leaders said conversion was being defined differently for Hindu organisations and groups from other religion. And all this is happening at a time when the country needed development and unity more than ever.
Proposal of "Godse's temple" and use of words like "Ramjada and Haramjada" are quite disturbing and could not be taken lying down, said the Congress general secretary.
He also hoisted the party flag and felicitated a number of freedom fighters on the occasion.