Churches must come clean on ties with Naxals: RSS leader Indresh

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2015 20:20 IST

Day after issuing controversial statement over why Naxals have never targeted churches in Chhattisgarh, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Monday justified his remarks and stated that it’s high time for the Christian community to come clean on the issue.

“Whatever I said in my past remarks, I stand by that. I only said in my speech that Naxalism has spread in Chhattisgarh and large numbers of churches are working there. My question is justified as why not even a single church or Christian has been attacked in those areas? Are they hand in glove with the Naxals?,” said Kumar, who was in Jalandhar to attend a seminar organised by the Forum for Awareness and National Security (FANS), a group of various right wings bodies.

The RSS leader said there could be some relationship between churches and Naxals as the nation wants to know why churches have never shared the information with the Centre from where the Naxals are getting illegal money and ammunition.

However, Indresh clarified that he was not questioning the integrity of churches.

He said the Naxals should also self-introspect on what they have achieved with more than three decades of armed struggle and whether their ideologies and activities have benefited the society.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday claimed that the movement of returning awards to protest against the intolerance in India was limited till the conclusion of the Bihar elections.

Indresh while addressing the gathering said that it seems as soon as the Bihar elections were over, the tolerance has been reestablished in the country.

“By returning their awards, people were acting as intellectual political terrorists just to gain the popularity among their political masters,” he said.

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