After what it calls a "heartening" verdict on the Ayodhya title suits, the Sangh Parivar is all set to turn its attention to Kashmir, as was evident from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's Dussehra speech here on Sunday (Oct 17, 2010).
"Accession of Kashmir into Bharat through the instrument of accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh is final and non-negotiable. The direction of our policies should be guided by the unanimous resolution of our Parliament in 1994,"Bhagwat said, addressing a gathering of swayamsevaks and RSS followers.
Music director Hridaynath Mangeshkar was chief guest on the occasion. A special note was circulated among journalists, explaining the meaning of various provisions of the Instrument of Accession and demanding abolishment of Article 370, full integration of J&K with India with no separate Constitution and flags and no autonomy or self-rule."Autonomy today means Independence tomorrow," he explained.
RSS ideologue M G Vaidya had, in a recent article, advocated autonomy for J&K. October 26 will be observed as "J&K accession day" and a special awareness drive has been planned on Kojagiri Pournima day.
"The Kashmir crisis has become very serious and complicated. Negligence has already cost us Baltistan and Gilgit. China is almost through with its encirclement of India via Pakistan. America is eying Kashmir for a foothold as it wants a honourable exit from Afghanistan. We must move fast before this shadow of sinister international politics overtakes the Valley," Bhagwat said.
Bhagwat was critical of engaging separatists and called for talks with all other stakeholders, including Kashmiri Pandits, nationalist Muslims, Ladakhis and others. "Separatists are in a minority. Most Muslims in Kashmir want to stay with India," Bhagwat said.
The RSS chief called for "creating an atmosphere in Afghanistan favourable to our interests and strive to turn the situation in the Valley towards greater integration with the rest of Bharat."
Arguing that the anger in the Valley was against bad governance, Bhagwat said, "there is an urgent need to pay attention to long-standing demands of the Kashmiris."
Bhagwat said stripping the Army of its special powers was not going to help the unity and integrity of the country in view of the existing national and international situation."
The RSS chief began by referring to the Ayodhya verdict. "This Dussehra has come at a time when the entire nation is heartened by the HC judgment. Forgetting the past, we have to make use of this opportunity ordained by destiny to make a new beginning in the spirit of affectionate co-existence. Let's come together to build the Ram temple, which is the will of the entire society as is evident from the unity and restraint displayed after the verdict," Bhagwat said.
The RSS chief came down heavily on a section of media and intelligensia "which, till the judgment was delivered, was asking us if we would abide by the court verdict, but went all out against the judgment itself when it came."
"They are attempting to create mistrust and fear between various sections and organizations of our society. A dangerous conspiracy is on to bring in vague words like Hindu terror and saffron terror, citing some Hindu individuals who were allegedly involved in incidents of terror here and there. Attempts are on to drag Sangh into it," he said.
Dwelling at length on "Chinese designs", Bhagwat said, "Delay in tackling the Chinese designs in J&K, Arunachal Pradesh and other N-E states will be suicidal."
Referring to infiltration by Bangladeshis, Bhagwat said it has led to insecurity among Hindus in border districts. "All citizens are to get the UID. How will we verify if those getting it are indeed Indians?," Bhagwat asked.