Howsoever good discourse we deliver, unless it is backed by shakti (strength) no one will listen to it. The Hindu society has everything to give to the world but what it lacks is unity. The system of governance that we followed even after Independence too further divided us. We must think about what unites us and what divides us,? said RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan while releasing a book Saffron Surge in New Delhi on November 27. The book is written by Panchjanya editor Tarun Vijay and has been published by Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi.
The packed auditorium of India International Centre had the distinguished gathering of eminent politicians, writers, journalists, columnists, social activists and professionals. Prominent among those who were present included Sarkaryavah of RSS Shri Mohan Bhagwat, VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal, Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy, NDA convenor Shri George Fernandes, former director of NCERT Dr J.S. Rajput, noted columnist Shri A. Suryaprakash, editor of The Pioneer Shri Chandan Mitra, senior journalist Shri Saeed Naqvi, former governor of Sikkim and Goa Shri Kidarnath Sahani, Shri Balbir K. Punj, Kshetra Pracharak Shri Dinesh Chandra, BJP organising secretary Shri Ramlal, and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Prof. Jagdish Mukhi.
Calling upon the Hindus to recognise their strength, Shri Sudarshan further said Muslims and Christians are not minority in this country as 99.9 per cent of them have the same forefathers as Hindus have.
Stressing the need to form a benevolent force of Hindus in the country to assert their point of view, Shri Mohan Bhagwat said Hindutva is neither against anyone nor is it a reaction against anybody. ?We want that this type of authentic feeling should arise among all countrymen, he said further adding that the book Saffron Surge, which is a compilation of the inner feelings of all Hindus, has initiated a good dialogue, which should continue.
He said Hindutva is the identity of this country and everyone born here is the son/daughter of one Bharatmata. Therefore, all should work for the welfare of this land. What the world needs today is present in Hindu culture. A untied force of the people having such thinking should be created. He, however, asked when an affidavit questioning the existence of Sri Ram, is filed before the apex court of the country by so-called highly educated officials, how can Hindus feel secure? ?Hindutva is our ethos and source of our unity. It helps evoke unity within us,? he added.
Shri Chandan Mitra said the book has come at a very significant time and it clearly outlines the ethos, tolerance, liberalism and the attack that liberalism is facing now. It also mentions the manner in which the State's power is being used as a deliberate attempt to blank out Indian culture. Referring to current issues like Nandigram, Taslima Nasreen and media boom he said the CPM goons have been committing inhuman atrocities in West Bengal for decades but it is due to the vigilant media that they have been exposed in Nandigram. ?But by raising the Taslima issue Leftists have successfully diverted the public attention from the real issue i.e. Nandigram.? He said the very soul of this country is being systematically attacked again and again. If Maoists succeed in Neapl, he said, the temple of Pashupatinath would become like the Shankaracharya temple in Srinagar as no Hindu will be there to worship.
Shri Saeed Naqvi said though India is the largest democracy that has more than 150 million Muslims in the country, Muslims have deliberately been engaged in five issues?Babri mosque, Shahbano case, Salman Rushdie, relations with Israel and Taslima Nasreen?by the politicians and in this game Muslims got nothing.
Smt. Sandhya Jain criticised the mixing of Nandigram issue with the Gujarat riots that took place in 2002 and also with the residence of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen. ?In Nandigram there was no direct provocation as was in Godhra where 59 innocent Rambhaktas returning from Ayodhya were burnt alive.?
Earlier, introducing the book Shri Tarun Vijay said the image of Hindutva is being distorted in people'smind by the pseudo-secularists. He said the RSS swayamsevaks are in forefront in many fields including medicine, information technology, science and energy. He said the RSS has been working tirelessly to bridge the gap between various communities and sections of the society.