The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, RSS, on Sunday rejected the charge that it had defended the killing of Mohammad Ikhlaq as reported in an English daily. The organistation also denied that Panchjanya or the Organiser magazine was its mouthpiece.
An article published in the Sunday edition of Indian Express mentioned Panchjanya as RSS’ mouthpiece and quoted the cover story in the latest edition of the magazine as saying the Vedas order the killing of “sinners” who slaughter cows. This was in context of the lynching of 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq in Bisada village of Uttar Pradesh last month over rumours that he slaughtered a cow.
According to the Indian Express, the Panchjanya article states that the Vedas order the killing of “sinners” who slaughter cows and alleges that madrasas and the Muslim leadership teach Indian Muslims to hate the country’s traditions. “Ikhlaq (the Dadri victim) perhaps slaughtered a cow under the influence of such bad deeds.”
“Veda ka adesh hai ki gau hatya karne wale pataki ke pran le lo. Hum mein se bahuton ke liye to yah jivan-maran ka prashn hai (Vedas order killing of the sinner who kills a cow. It is a matter of life and death for many of us),” states the article.
The cover story claims that Ikhlaq’s lynching was a “natural reaction” to the “sin” of cow slaughter, drawing a comparison with Isaac Newton’s third law that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
“Newton had propagated the theory of natural reaction to any action in 1687. Aap log yah nahi dekh paye ki aisi soch ke samaj men rahne wala Ikhlaq itne bhayanak parinam dene wale paap ke liye utsuk kaise ho gaya (you could not consider that how did Ikhlaq, living in a society with such feelings (for the cow) become eager to commit a sin that invites such dreadful consequences).”
It goes on to say that “if you do not respect the feelings of 80% majority”, then how can “such reactions be prevented”.
Reacting to the newspaper article, the RSS, on Sunday, said that it had never supported any incident of violence. It tweeted, “The report that RSS supports Dadri incident is blatantly false and baseless. RSS never supported any incident of violence- Dr Vaidya.”
The report that RSS supports Dadri incident is blatantly false and baseless. RSS never supported any incident of violence- Dr Vaidya— RSS (@RSSorg) October 18, 2015
Quoting the spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya, the Hindutva organisation also said that RSS has asked for a thorough inquiry in the incident.
RSS has clearly stated abt Dadri violence that a thorough inquiry should be conducted & the guilty should be punished with : Dr Vaidya— RSS (@RSSorg) October 18, 2015
The organisation further clarified that Panchjanya or Organiser is not RSS mouthpiece.
Paanchajanya/Organiser are not mouth piece of RSS. An official office bearer only speaks on behalf of RSS: Dr Vaidya.— RSS (@RSSorg) October 18, 2015
There has been a spate of controversial remarks by some leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies after the Bisada lynching and over beef ban in some states.
The latest such remark came on Saturday when controversial BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj justified an assault on independent Jammu and Kashmir MLA Engineer Rashid by a group of BJP MLAs inside the assembly saying every action had an equal and opposite reaction.
“If he had to consume beef, he could have done it in the confines of a hotel room. (By organising a beef party) He deliberately tried to hurt and provoke the sentiments of Hindus. He tried to provoke the BJP MLA (Ravinder Raina), who is a real son of the motherland and worshipper of cow and the latter could not tolerate anymore and reacted,” the five-time BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh said.
Maharaj also defended Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s reported comment that Muslims have to give up beef if they have to stay in the country. The CM has since denied the statement, saying it had been “misconstrued and twisted”.