Denying the allegations that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is spreading communalism in the country, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed it to be an organisation that has worked selflessly for the nation. In a report published by Indian Express, the UP CM has also called for an open debate on who is communal and who is a nationalist. Speaking at the ‘Hindu Vijyotsav, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Adityanath said, “When RSS works in any slum or backward area, wanting to generate nationalist sentiments and respect for the motherland in every citizen, then finger is raised against it and said that it spreads communalism. Is it not the best time to hold a debate in the country on nationalism?… who is communal and who is nationalist in the country… Should a difference between nationalism and communalism not be there?”
The event was organised by the VHP to celebrate the victory of Raja Suheldeo over Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masood in 1088. While lauding Suheldeo and other Hindu rulers, the CM took exception to those who ‘associated’ with some of the Muslim rulers.
“The nation respects A P J Abdul Kalam and martyr Hamid. But at the same time we have to decide whether there should be space for those who are trying to associate themselves with Ghaznavi, Ghauri, Babar and Aurangzeb,” Adityanath said. Further in his speech, the UP CM also mentioned about those who divided the society after Independence under the appeasement policy by creating vote banks and claimed themselves to be humanist.
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“Is desh ke bahusankhyak samaj ko gaali dete hain… itihas ke mahapurushon ka apmaan karte hain… bharat ke itihas ko tod-marod kar prastut karte hain… (They insult the majority… insult the greats of history… they present a distorted version of India’s history),” Adityanath added. But at the same time, he said, they call those who support the unity of the country communal. “Thus, it is necessary to take forward this kind of discussion (on communalism and nationalism),” he said.
The CM, during his speech, also mentioned that his government would include prominent personalities like Raja Suheldeo, Jhalkari Bai, Lakhan Pasi and others who have contributed to ‘nation building’ in school syllabus from the upcoming academic sessions.