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Bhagwat Hindutva claim under fire

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat came under fire on Monday for his controversial description of India as a “Hindu nation,” with several political parties and Sikh radicals taking exception to his remarks.



Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh launched a scathing attack on the RSS leader through a series of tweets. “I thought we had one Hitler in [the] making but it seems now we have Two! God save India!” Mr. Singh, who has been publicly critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tweeted.



He followed it up with a poser for the RSS chief: “A question to Mohan Bhagwat - Is Hindutva a religious identity? What is its relationship with Sanatan Dharma? Is a person who believes in Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism or any other religion also a Hindu? Would Mohan Bhagwatji pl clarify?” He also exhorted the RSS to “stop fooling the innocent people by using religion in politics”.



Sikh ire



The Dal Khalsa, a radical Sikh organisation, in a statement said it would not allow the RSS to implement its “fascist agenda in Punjab” and foil its attempt to divide Hindus and Sikhs on communal lines. “We have no objection to its dream of a Hindu Rashtra, but Punjab will not be part of it,” the statement added.



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