Right-wing Hindutva forces could have had prior knowledge of the September 29 Malegaon blast as an RSS-sponsored channel aired news of the blast almost instantaneously, World Council of Arya Samaj president Swami Agnivesh claimed on Thursday.
“Sudarshan, which we do not expect to be so agile, went on air instantaneously beating even regular channels with far better infrastructure. This raises questions,” Agnivesh, a former management teacher at Kolkata’s St Xavier's College who later turned Hindu reformist movement leader, said.
There was need to distinguish between “Hinduism” and “Hindutva” forces and the clergy should dissociate the tolerant religion from the forces of terror like its Muslim counterparts, he said. Silence of the Hindu clergy would embolden Hindutva terror, he said.
Agnivesh said he would soon formalise the process of dissociating terror and Hinduism by mobilising the Hindu clergy, particularly shankarcharyas and mutt leaders. He, however, declined comment on when he would organise the anti-terror meet involving Hindu religious leaders.