Pakistan strongly condemned the statements made by the chief of India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), calling for “undoing” the Partition.
In a statement issued today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said that this is not the first time that the RSS chief publicly indulged in such “delusional thinking and historical revisionism.”
“Pakistan repeatedly highlighted the threat posed to regional peace and stability by the toxic mix of the extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology (Hindu Rashtra) and expansionist foreign policy (Akhand Bharat) being pursued by the ruling RSS-BJP dispensation in India,” Iftikhar said.
Asim Iftikhar further said that in the internal context, this dangerous mindset aims to completely marginalize and dispossess the minorities in India. Meanwhile, in the external dimension, it poses an “existential threat to all of India’s neighbors in South Asia”.
Moreover, the FO advised RSS from making “making such provocative and irresponsible statements, accept the established realities, and learn to follow the imperatives of peaceful coexistence”.
Asim Iftikhar also highlighted how the world is witness to the systematic usurpation of the rights of minorities, especially Muslims in India, and the unabated repression of Kashmiris in IIOKJ.
This is #Kashmir. Right now.
Three young men were removed from a car and killed on the spot. By Indian police.
The police called them “militants.”
Besides being Kashmiri and Muslim — there was no proof of ‘militancy.’ Whatever that even means. pic.twitter.com/oRKq3Fowl3
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Mohan Bhagwat’s statements against the 1947 partition
To clarify, the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said the only solution to the pain of Partition lies in undoing it.
“If we want to become a strong nation and contribute to world’s welfare, Hindu society will have to become capable. Bharat ke vibhajan ki peeda ka samadhan, vibhajan ko nirast karne mein hi hai (the solution to the pain of Partition is in undoing it),” the RSS chief said.
“Partition happened once, it won’t happen again. Those who think that way will face partition themselves,” he further added.
According to Indian media, Bhagwat also said that everyone should read history and accept its truth. Furthermore, he also claimed that “Islamic extremism” resulted in the partition.
“Indian ideology is about taking everyone along. It is not about claiming to be right and proving others wrong,” he said. “Contrary to this, the thought process of Islamic extremists is to prove others wrong and claim themselves to be right. This was the main reason for struggle in the past.”