RSS chief : Teach Pak a lesson
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief or Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat wants the country to teach Pakistan a lesson for its “open enmity towards India.”kolkata Updated: Jan 24, 2010 12:39 IST
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief or Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat wants the country to teach Pakistan a lesson for its “open enmity towards India.” He also wants India to take a stronger stand against frequent Chinese border intrusions.
“We got independence over 60 years back, but still our borders are not secured. Pakistan, an immature nation, has been openly acting against us all these years. They were behind the 26/11 attacks and their eyes are on Kashmir,” he said.
Despite this, India only speaks of friendship again and again due to “our culture.” “Even yesterday, a Pakistan government official said they couldn’t guarantee there will not be another attack on India. We’ve to teach Pakistan a lesson,” the RSS Sarsanghchalak said.
The 59-year-old Sarsanghchalak, who was in the city on a two-day visit, said this at a RSS public rally in the city on Saturday, organised to celebrate Netaji Subhas Chanda Bose’s birthday. One of the rally’s surprise listeners was Beth A Payne, the US Consul General to Kolkata.
Bhagwat claimed that terrorist infiltrations are regularly taking place from Pakistan and they are trying to create disturbance in India. “Yet our policy makers are not even implementing their own decisions properly,” he said.
The need of the hour was “a strong foreign policy” like Israel follows to tackle cross-border terrorism as well border infiltrations. “India has been too lenient with Pakistan and China. We need to have a strong nationalist sentiment like Israel in order to avoid a repetition of 26/11,” he said.
“We need a foreign policy in which neighbouring countries will support us and Chinese interference can be stopped. Chinese intrusion is taking place in our borders regularly yet the official statement is that it happens all the time. We must remember that earlier China backstabbed us while propagating words of friendship. Why did we let the Chinese take away Tibet? We were so close and the Chinese so far. And now they are creating all this trouble,” Bhagwat said.
“Illegal immigration from Bangladesh is taking a toll on the economy. It’s also responsible for our deteriorating law and order situation near the border. Vote bank politics is making the situation worse. Unfortunately, measures needed to keep our borders safe are not reflected in our policies,” the RSS chief said.