The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mr Mohan Bhagwat, has said that the Sangh will disown a volunteer if he is found guilty of violence. He was addressing the foreign media in New Delhi, in its first major outreach to the global media, Mr. Bhagwat said the RSS condemns violence in all forms and asked the volunteers to try to stop such incidents.
'If a swayamsevak is found guilty, we will disown him and the law should follow its course,' he said. The interaction of two-and-half hours, started with brief introduction given by Mr. Bhagwat, followed by a question-and-answer session covering a wide range of issues. Around 80 journalists representing more than 50 organisations and hailing from 30 countries attended it.
Mr. Bhagwat’s interaction comes as part of its continuous process where he engages in dialogue with people from different walks of society, the RSS said in a statement. His remark comes in the backdrop of rising incidents of mob violence, and in many cases, the victims belong to the minority community or marginalized sections and are killed for allegedly smuggling or slaughtering cows.
The killings have often shown the BJP in bad light, with the opposition parties blaming its ideology and groups linked to it including the RSS and VHP. The BJP has, however, denied the involvement of its outfits in incidents. and the Prime Minister himself has spoken on various occasions on the issue and asked the states to take strict action against the perpetrators.
On Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Bhagwat said that the fear of losing land and jobs among people after scrapping of Article 370 should be allayed. The decision to end the state’s special status will help integrate Kashmiris with the rest of the country.
On the issue of National Register of Citizens in Assam, the RSS chief said the exercise was important to identify the real citizens and that it was not for expelling someone from the country.