Nagpur, India: In a significant declaration, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat asserted on September 1 that India is indeed a “Hindu Rashtra.” He made these remarks while addressing a gathering at the inauguration ceremony of the new office of Narkesari Prakashan Limited, the publisher of RSS’s Marathi daily, Tarun Bharat. Bhagwat went further to emphasise, “It is a Hindu nation, a fact accepted by a substantial portion of our population. However, there remain a few who do not fully comprehend this reality, and there are others who, although aware of it, refrain from openly acknowledging it.”
Expanding on his stance, Bhagwat described India as a “civilizational state,” underscoring the profound influence of Hinduism as the nation’s “eternal culture.” He firmly maintained that while India warmly welcomes all religions, Hinduism serves as the very bedrock of the country.
Bhagwat acknowledged that some individuals may resist accepting this reality, primarily for self-serving reasons. He further emphasized the unique bond that ties everyone to the Hindu culture within this land.
Addressing the media’s role, Bhagwat urged the fourth estate to actively participate in nation-building and contribute to elevating India to the status of a global powerhouse. He underscored the necessity for media to propagate “proper ideas,” raise social consciousness, and foster positivity in the thoughts of citizens, while striving to eliminate negativity. Bhagwat emphasised that thoughts and values should take precedence over business interests.
During the event at the newspaper’s office, Bhagwat stressed the importance of fair and fact-based reporting that covers all sections of society while maintaining the integrity of one’s own ideology. He expressed confidence in the widespread appeal of “our ideology” globally, highlighting its irreplaceable nature.
Bhagwat concluded by emphasizing the collective responsibility of the country and society, along with the media that disseminates this “ideology,” to shoulder the global responsibility it entails. He also underscored the significance of environmental conservation, a focus on “Swadeshi” (self-reliance), the preservation of family values, and maintaining discipline as crucial aspects of national development.