Top leaders of the Sangh Parivar, including RSS chief KS Sudarshan and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, got together on Sunday and appealed to Hindus across the country to forge a strong bond of unity by rising above caste , class and regional considerations.The need of the hour was for Hindus to present a united front against the threats faced by the majority community and the country, they asserted.
In a massive show of saffron strength in the Capital, the RSS “mega-event” marked the culmination of its icon Guru Golwalkar’s year-long birth centenary celebrations during which a concerted campaign was launched to integrate the underprivileged sections of the community with the mainstream.
As part of the drive,various RSS-affiliated organisations across the country attempted to reach out to dalits, tribals and other similar sections of Hindu community with the Sangh’s message. According to a senior Sangh Parivar leader, the larger agenda is to craft a “Hindu polity” that would force all political parties to take serious notice of the major concerns and issues of the majority community.
“Out aim is to develop a solid Hindu vote bank by the time the country approaches the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.No political party will be able to ignore the Hindus’ concerns if it wants to do well in the elections,”he said.
After the recent Vishwa Hindu Sammelan (World Hindu Conference) in the Allahabad Ardh- Mahakumbh, the VHP is ready with an action plan for mass mobilisation of Hindu voters in two lakh villages across the country.
Addressing the packed public meeting attended by thousands of people from all over Delhi and neighbouring areas, RSS chief Sudrashan lamented that the Hindu community was forced to suffer “neglect and humiliation” in its own country today because it was divided and weak.
It was essential to strengthen the Hindu forces as the country was under threat from the “colonial Church”, jehadi Islamists , Maoist violence as well as American consumerism, he said.All these posed a grave danger not only to India but also to world peace, according to him.
Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, who was the chief guest at the function, however, struck a different note by pointing out that it was a challenging task to bring about unity and social harmony in the country when as much as about 26 crore of its 102 crore-strong population existed below the poverty line.It would be difficult to achieve these goals unless the social problems were solved first, he emphasised without mentioning any particular community by name.
Several top BJP leaders including Leader of Opposition LK Advani, party president Rajnath Singh , Chief Ministers Narendra Modi from Gujarat, Shivraj Singh Chouhan from MP and Vasundhara Raje from Rajasthan were present at the RSS function.However, no leader from any other party , including the BJP allies, attended the meet. The RSS leadership had sent out invitiations to leaders of all political parties, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, to participate in the gathering.
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