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RSS considers Muslims as equal partners of Hindu civilisation: Aquil Ahmad

RSS considers Muslims as equal partners of Hindu civilisation: Aquil Ahmad

New Delhi, May 10 (UNI) Eminent Muslim scholar and Director of NCPUL Shaikh Aquil Ahmad has said that RSS and it's chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat do not consider just one caste or faith, but all classes and religions of the country, including Muslims as equal partners of Hindu civilisation and have a vision that India can become prosperous and supreme only through social unity.
Dr Ahmad said this, while explaining the speech of Sarsanghchalak of RSS, Dr Bhagwat on April 26, after a month of lockdown, due to the global Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
In a special meeting with the UNI, he described the RSS as a welfare organisation and said that the Sangh believes in cultural diversity and pluralism.
It's main goal is to create a non-class society and integration of society and development of all classes is it's agenda.
Dr Ahmad said that there are many organisations in the world related to the work of public welfare. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is one such social organisation in India, whose main manifesto includes service to the people, protection of Indian ideas and values and patriotism. This organization is very coherent and organized and its scope is very wide, he added.
The important achievements of RSS in the field of social and educational development are not hidden from anyone, he maintained.

Dr Ahmad said that there is an integrated network of RSS across the country whose main objective is to create social awareness among the people and make them familiar with the Indian culture.
The emphasis of this organisation is on Indianness, 'Swadeshi', national and social unity and perhaps this is why some people see this organisation through a specific ideological spectacles and try to link it to a particular class or caste, whereas the RSS does not believe in any religion, rather it believes in cultural diversity and pluralism, added the eminent scholar.
RSS' main goal is to create a non-class society and the integration of society and development of all classes is on it's agenda, he maintained.

'Since the visionary like Dr Bhagwat has taken over the charge of the RSS, the Sangh has changed it's way of thinking to a great extent. He has an ideological openness that can be easily seen in his teachings and statements. He has always instructed his volunteers to serve all Indian people without prejudice.
'With the mission of personality building and social welfare, the organisation is moving across India,' he maintained.
Dr Ahmad quoted Dr Bhagwat as saying, "Hinduism is not the name of a religion, a province or a country, but a culture and it is the heritage of the people living in India, so 130 crore people living here are all Hindus and children of Mother India. They are one, despite belonging to various civilisations, cultures and religions because they are Indian and this diversity is our identity.'
The Sarsanghchalak has also said in a statement that the day it is said that 'Muslims should not be here', it will not be Hindutva, Dr Ahmad pointed out.

He said this is the reason why the Sarsanghchalak ji, in all his statements, speak about not for one class or religion, but for all sections of India.
Even during the Corona crisis, Dr Bhagwat made it clear that the entire community cannot be maligned due to the mistakes of some people and also said that 'it is our moral duty to help every affected person without any prejudice and discrimination'.
Dr Ahmad said that Dr Bhagwat believes that the knowledgeable people of both the communities should come forward and eliminate the prejudices and doubts prevalent in the mind through dialogue, adding that 'only through dialogue can we bring our country together and fulfill everyone's dream of development'.
'The Sarsanghchalak also said in his speech that most Muslims in India are happy because Hindu civilisation has a sense of respect for all. We do not hate anyone on the basis of religion. We must move forward together to build a better and healthier society, so that changes can occur in the country and equal opportunities can be created for development.'

Dr Ahmad said that Dr Bhagwat has always emphasised on national unity, harmony and brotherhood among all religious classes of India and has stated openly that injustice or misbehaviour with anyone on the basis of religion, sect and caste is a not good thing.
The Urdu scholar said that even in a crisis like Corona, when religious hatred started in the country, he addressed all Indians and said, 'There is no need to fear Corona, we all need confidence, we have to be consistent and methodical. We have to work and help others without any discrimination. We have to avoid fear, anger and prejudice at this hour and try to avoid mistakes like negligence, fear, anger and procrastination, then only we can get rid of crisis like Corona'.
Dr Bhagwat also said that Corona is an important opportunity for the country to invite people to build a new India, while adhering to the rules and regulations.
'This crisis has taught us a lot, especially the lesson of self-reliance and has also made us think about the formation of a new economic development framework. Along with the need to protect the environment and using indigenous products, we have also been taught the lesson of fighting out the pandemic together. We can get rid of Corona, only if the people and society unite and fight against it,' Dr Bhagwat insisted.

Dr Ahmad said, 'The challenge of Corona also teaches us to become good and inspire others to be good. So, we have to unite and end the Corona. We cannot get rid of this pandemic by getting divided into castes, religions and classes.'
Realising his social responsibility towards Corona, the way Dr Bhagwat addressed, showed that he was not just addressing the people of one caste or religion but all of India, and this social unity is the mission of the RSS, Dr Ahmad averred.
UNI SAC RSA RJ 1048

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