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Defending the Union Government from the criticism it is facing from all quarters over the economic slowdown, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that it is a global phenomenon and that Indian economy will fo just fine in days to come.
"The slowing down of the world economy has left its impact everywhere. Many countries, including India, have to suffer the result of the ongoing global trade war between the US and China,” he said, adding “…personalities leading our economy are competent enough," said the RSS chief speaking at the Vijayadashami Utsav 2019 at RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
Bhagwat also spoke on the need for Hindu Rashtra however, was quick to point out that a ' Hindu Rashtra' doesn't mean that it is ant- minority. He also condemned the cow vigilante attacks and said that there was a line between protection and attacks and that RSS doesn't support any such unlawful activities.
Defending Sangh cadre from the accusations of 'lynching' Bhagwat went on to add that it was a 'foreign concept'.
"Swayamsevaks are working in this direction so that such incidents do not take place. But branding such incidents with words like ‘lynching’, there is an attempt to denote it as practices which are alien to India and belong elsewhere," he said.
Bhagwat also applauded Narendra Modi government's decisions on crucial issues such as the abrogation of Article 370, beefing up security, and the dip in terror incidents. Bhagwat added that while the scrapping of Article 370 ( a long-pending RSS demand) was a welcome step, the true justice will be done when lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits who were driven away are brought back and rehabilitated.
Meanwhile, Bhagwat's speech drew flak from the Congress camp where they questioned the idea behind calling lynchings a foreign concept.
"Shocked at Bhagwat’s insensitive comment. The issue is not Europe or India, English or Hindi. The killing of innocent, hapless people by agitated mobs is unacceptable to humanity. Languages don’t matter. I demand that you clarify in India’s national interests and global perception, whether you endorse or condemn such killing of innocent men, women and children by mobs. Please come clean on this in India’s national interest," said senior Congress leader Anand Sharma.
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