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'Cow protectors' not involved in violence: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

It is unfair to link "cow protectors" or the entire activity of cow protection with violent incidents or communal feelings without knowing the facts, Bhagwat said.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2017, 11.04 PM IST
Bhagwat described cow as an article of "reverence", and said its protection is included in the directive principles of the Constitution.
Bhagwat described cow as an article of "reverence", and said its protection is included in the directive principles of the Constitution.
NAGPUR: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat praised the Modi government for its efforts in the areas of economic performance, social justice, national security and in curbing corruption. He, however, reminded the government to keep the interests of farmers and small businessmen in mind. "The biggest contribution to our economy is made by the small, medium industries and self-employed businesses," he added. The RSS chief said it is wrong to link all gau-rakshaks with violence, adding that the cow is being reared more for their urine and dung than milk in our country.

"Cow protection was not a religious issue as many Muslims were also involved in it. Protecting cow and cow-based agriculture is directed by the Constitution." Bhagwat was addressing RSS workers on Saturday in Nagpur, his annual speech on Vijaya Dashmi, the day the RSS was founded in 1925 by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and former deputy PM LK Advani were also present.

Praising the government for its stand on Doklam, Bhagwat called Rohingya a national threat. "Links between the Rohingya and jihadi elements are coming to light. If such elements come to India, they may have an impact on our security situation. In the name of humanity we can’t betray our own people."

Asking the government to be more vigilant in ensuring implementation of schemes for farmers, he stressed on organic farming and cow-based animal husbandry. On the Kashmir issue, Bhagwat said the problems of the people, who were displaced from Kashmir in the 1990s, are yet to be resolved. He also expressed concern for women safety on streets and children safety in schools. "Foreign rulers brought many disastrous changes in the education system…the new education policy should make education affordable even to children living in remote jungles and villages."

Bhagwat also accused the governments of West Bengal and Kerala of indulging in petty politics by lending a helping hand to antinational forces. "A dangerous game is being played by antinational forces" which stimulates violence and hatred on the basis on language, religion, etc. The state governments and their systematically politicised administrative systems are not only apathetic to this serious national crisis but are also lending a helping hand to the antinational forces for petty political interests."

The speech that is keenly watched for its political message is also seen as a guideline for the organisation.
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