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Terror & Hindus oxymorons: RSS

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said terrorism and Hindus were "oxymorons" and could never be linked to each other.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2010 01:06 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said terrorism and Hindus were "oxymorons" and could never be linked to each other.

"There is only one country left in the world on which you can't put the blame of terrorism and that country is India. Terrorism and Hindus, terrorism and saffron, and terrorism and the Sangh are oxymoron and can never be related to each other.

"This (effort to connect the two) was an attempt to weaken the strength of Hindus in India and, at the same time, to appease Muslims," he said.

Addressing RSS swayamsevaks during the annual Vijay Dashami rally here, Bhagwat alleged that a systematic attempt was being made to defame Hindu saints and religious organisations.

He also called for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya after the judicial endorsement of the Hindu belief about the spot being Lord Ram's birthplace.

Blaming politicians for the 60-year-old Ayodhya dispute, Bhagwat said, "Now that the court (the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court) has endorsed the belief that it was the birthplace of Lord Ram ... let us all come together to build a massive temple at Ayodhya."

He said the Congress-led UPA government was making the Hindu community the scapegoat for its failure to tackle terror.

"We will carry on our good work without bothering about certificates," he noted, referring indirectly to a recent remark by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who equated the RSS with the radical Students Islamic Movement of India.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari was present on the occasion.