A rattled RSS has voiced worries over the usage of the term "Hindu terror" and appealed to all Hindu social and religious leaders to work to remove the blot of a terror tag given by some to the religion.
RSS ideologue M G alias Baburao Vaidya alleged that the term of Hindu terror was being used to woo Muslim votes in the country in an attempt to defame Hindus.
"The word Hindu terror has earned its place in the media and no one knows who invented it. Though somebody gives credit to NCP president Sharad Pawar, others say it was Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh who has coined the concept," Vaidya wrote in his weekly column in a local Marathi daily.
Vaidya admitted that Abhinav Bharat and Sanatan Sanstha, a Goa based right wing Hindu organisation, have been accused by the government of involvement in violence and some arrests made. But, he noted that none of the accused have been convicted by the courts till date.
Those who had earlier claimed that terrorism has nothing to do with religion were now giving "Hindu terror" tag to the Hindu community to justify that terrorism was not just restricted to Islam but also to other religion (Hinduism), he said.
Vaidya called upon all religious and social leaders to take initiative to remove the terror blot on Hindus.
"Swami Vishweshatitha of Uddipi, Dr Pandya of Gayatri Parivar, noted Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and Dayanand Saraswati of Coimbatore should tell the government to take steps to ensure that Hindus are not defamed," he said.
"Should we call it Congress terror when 3000 Sikhs were massacred in Delhi during 1984 when riots broke out after the assassination of Indira Gandhi," Vaidya asked.
Vaidya's comments came agaisnt the backdrop of a leading RSS functionary Ram Madhav's reported remarks that the RSS's image could be "sullied" by the propaganda on Hindu terror.
The spotlight has turned to Hindu terror in the months since the 2008 Malegaon blasts.
Madhav has said that discussions are underway within the top brass of RSS on how to come up with a "coherent response" to the charges against Hindu groups.