Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, said on Friday that if anyone is a Hindu, he will be a patriot and that is his main character and disposition. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi, the head of the Sangh, as saying that his patriotism was rooted in his religion.
He was speaking at the launch of the book ‘Making of a Hindu Patriot, Background of Gandhiji Hind Swaraj’ by Md. Bhagwat JK Bajaj and MD Srinivasan. Bhagwat said that the name of the book and my publication of it could lead to speculation that it was an attempt to define Gandhiji from himself. He said that no one can define great men as his own.
He said that this book is based on extensive research and those who have opinions from it can also write and do research. The RSS chief said, Gandhiji said that my patriotism originated from my religion. I must understand my religion and be a good patriot and tell people to do the same. Gandhiji said that in order to understand Swaraj, one must understand self-religion.
Referring to religion and patriotism, the head of the association said that if he is a Hindu, he has to be a patriot because it is at the center. It may be soy which needs to be awakened but no Hindu can be anti-India. He said that as long as there is a fear in my mind that my existence is a threat to my existence and you will risk my existence by my existence, then there can be agreement but not intimacy.
Bhagwat said that separation does not mean that we cannot live as sons of one society, one world. He said that unity in diversity, unity in diversity is the main idea of India. In the book, however, the author quotes Gandhiji’s conversation with Leo Tolstoy, in which he mentions his growing love for India and related issues. Bajaj said the book deals with Gandhiji’s journey and life from Porbandar to England and then to South Africa.