Patriotism and Hinduism weren’t separate from one another for the daddy of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat mentioned at a guide launch on Friday.
Talking at Rajghat through the launch of Making of a Hindu Patriot: Background of Gandhiji’s Hind Swaraj, by JK Bajaj and MD Srinivas, Bhagwat mentioned: “Gandhi ji has mentioned my patriotism comes from my dharma. If you’re a Hindu, then it’s pure that you’re a patriot.”
Within the guide, the authors have quoted Gandhi having written to Leo Tolstoy, “…My patriotism is patent sufficient, my love for India is ever rising however it’s derived from my faith and is due to this fact in no sense unique.”
Bhagwat additionally confused that Hinduism believes within the existence of unity. “Distinction doesn’t imply separatism,” he mentioned, and quoted Gandhi as having mentioned that his faith takes all different religions alongside.
Referring to Gandhi’s emphasis on Swaraj, or self-rule, Bhagwat mentioned that for Gandhi the battle for Swaraj was not solely about changing the rulers however the reconstruction of society based mostly on civilisational values.
“A rustic is extra than simply land however after we say rashtra (nation) it means the whole lot together with the forest, the rivers and all residing beings. You can’t perceive what Swaraj is, until you perceive swadharma,” he mentioned.
Bhagwat additionally refuted the cost levelled by critics that the Sangh was attempting to applicable Gandhi. He mentioned such personalities can’t be appropriated by anybody.
Even because the RSS has steadfastly distanced itself from Gandhi’s murderer Nathuram Godse, these vital of the Sangh allege that Godse’s Hindu Mahasabha was impressed by the RSS. The Sangh was banned for the primary time after the assassination, however the ban was revoked in July 1949.