'Hinduness' accepts everyone irrespective of what they eat or wear: Mohan Bhagwat
Making a strong statement in the context of the debate over intolerance Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said that "Hinduness" accepts everyone, irrespective of what the person wears and eats.
He was speaking at an interactive session in New Delhi with foreign diplomats from more than 50 missions.
"Hinduness is about accepting others as they are and Hinduness is the ever-changing quality of Hinduism," he said.
His comments has come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders are criticised for following trolls on social networking sites who allegedly celebrated the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh.
"No discrimination and oneness of our nation and oneness of the world is our goal, he said.
On relationship with the BJP, the RSS chief reiterated that the Sangh does not interfere in the party's affairs.
The RSS, which is the BJP's ideological mentor, doesn't run the BJP as the BJP doesn't run the Sangh. "As Swayamsevaks, we consult and exchange notes, but are independent in functioning," he said.
Hitting out at the Social media trolls Bhagwat said that "we don't support trolling and aggressive behaviour on the internet," adding that Trolling amounts to hitting below the belt. We do not support those who display such aggressive nature.
The RSS chief also sad that his organisation would be bound by the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue in Ayodhya.
The final hearing in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya case is slated for December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the Babri masjid demolition.