CUTTACK: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Mohan Rao Bhagwat on Sunday said the 2014 elections have shaken the world forcing it to look upon India as a major power, driven by the writ of the common man.
The sheer scale of turnout and the forceful mandate given by the country’s people has set a democratic milestone, epitomising the rising of the common mass and stamping its will for a change.
This is the first time since Independence that a nationalist dispensation is at the Centre. “Many are giving credit to RSS for the victory. Sangh is being praised for its involvement but it is not true. The power of the common man and the will to change has resulted in the win,” Bhagwat said.
Speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of Sangh newsweekly and magazine Rashtradeep here, Bhagwat called upon the people to awaken to the dangers posed by forces to Hindutva.
“Hindutva is an ideology, our national identity. Every ‘Bharatiya’ is a Hindu. Hindutva is not a religion or else how could it accept different kinds of worship or even those who do not believe or worship God,” said Bhagwat.
This very culture and unity has withstood onslaughts over thousands of years. Many countries have vanished but Hindustan still thrives, the RSS chief said.
“Hindutva is so inclusive that even pastors are donning saffron, adopting Hindu symbols, festivals. How else would you explain pastors donning saffron robes or churches in Kerala and other parts observing different pujas and festivals in the name of their Lord,” Bhagwat stated.
Founder of KIIT Achyuta Samanta said the victory of BJP was a milestone in Indian democracy that has been seen only twice earlier, during Independence and in 1977. Among others, Editor of Rashtradeep Jagabandhu Mishra and president of the managing committee Raghunath Mohapatra spoke.