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Why no 'ghar wapsi' for Kashmiri pundits despite pro-Hindu govt: Shiv Sena

Mohan Bhagwat had said that Hindustan is a country of Hindus, but it does not mean that it does not belong to others

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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Holding that India is a country of Hindus first and others later, the on Monday said despite a "pro-Hindutva" government at the Centre, issues like construction in and 'ghar wapsi' of displaced are still unresolved.

RSS chief had on Friday said in Indore that 'Hindustan' is a country of Hindus, but it does not mean that it does not belong to "others".

"The RSS chief says like Hindus, India belongs to others as well. The chief says India belongs to Hindus first and others later, because there are more than 50 countries for Muslims," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

"Christians have countries like America and (in) have China, Japan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Hindus do not have any country except this.

"Today there is a pro-Hindutva majority government in power. Yet, it is not willing to build a in and left its future in the hands of court," it said.

"Despite a pro-Hindutva government, the ghar wapsi of hasn't taken place," said the Sena, which is a constituent of the government at the Centre and an ally of the ruling BJP in Maharashtra.

It also waded into the ongoing debate over playing the anthem in public places.

A stubborn attitude prevails towards singing of 'Vande Mataram' despite the president and the prime minister belonging to the "thought process of the RSS", and some also do not find it appropriate to stand up while the anthem is being played, the saffron ally said.

"If these 'others' are insulting the anthem by not standing up, the RSS chief should guide the pro-Hindutva government on what stand it should take against them," it said.

The Sena further said Bhagwat's statement that "no one leader or party can make the country great..." also cannot be ignored.

The RSS chief had last week said that no one leader or party can make the country great but it needs a change and we will have to prepare the society for it.

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First Published: Mon, October 30 2017. 11:27 IST