One community should not be blamed for acts of a few, says Mohan Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said an entire community could not be blamed for the acts of a few done out of fear and anger. He appealed to leaders of communities to exhort their members not to be part of such acts.

The RSS Chief called upon people to be cautious with their fellow countrymen when some of them were found flouting the public health restrictions in place to check the spread of coronavirus.

He indirectly pointed out to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation saying that, “Don’t get angry… don’t get fired up.. There are members of the ‘bharat tere tukde honge’ gang who are trying to incite the public… Some politicians are also involved… We can’t harbour ill-will against the entire community for mistakes of few individuals.”

The Union Home Ministry had said that more than a third of coronavirus infections in India are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event.

“All 130 crore Indians are our family. We are one,” said Bhagwat.

Talking about the heinous lynching of two Sadhus in Palghar, he condemned the crime that happened.

“The two sadhus were beaten to death. They were innocent. They were practising dharma and were propagating it. It was very unfortunate. We are in grief due to that,” Bhagwat said.

On the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, Mohan Bhagwat was addressing the nation on the “current situation and our role”.

Mr. Bhagwat said the crisis stemming out of the novel coronavirus should be converted into an opportunity to create a new India that would lead the world.

“Not only the government but also society should participate [in the process]. We will use what is manufactured here. We will buy foreign-made essentials on our own terms. We will have to use swadeshi [products],” he said.

“We have to encourage swadeshi businesses,” he said. “Businessmen, manufacturers, labourers must measure up to the standard. We must not depend on foreigners,” he said, adding that organic farming and cow-husbandry should be studied and followed by changing the chemical-based life-style.