Lynching is a ‘Western Construct,’ Says RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat offers prayers to ‘shastras’ (weapons) during Vijaya Dasami celebrations in Nagpur. — PTI

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NEW DELHI — Addressing the Vijayadashmi function of the RSS at Reshimbagh ground in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said lynching is a “western construct” and should not be used in the Indian context to defame the country.

The word ‘lynching’ does not originate from Indian ethos but comes from a separate religious text, and such terms should not be imposed on Indians, said Mohan Bhawat, reports PTI.

Showing his displeasure over several incidents of mob violence in the country, he said, “Lynching is not the word from Indian ethos, its origin is from a story in a separate religious text. We Indians trust in brotherhood. Don’t impose such terms on Indians.”

The RSS chief also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the government’s move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, but said some vested interests do not want the country to be strong and vibrant.

Bhagwat urged citizens to create harmony, and that everyone should live within confines of law. “Swayamsevaks are brought up with that sanskar,” he said.

He said in the past few years, there has been transformation in “direction of thought process of Bharat”.

“There are many people in the world and in Bharat as well, who don’t want this. A developed Bharat creates fear in the minds of vested interests…such forces will also not want Bharat to be strong and vibrant,” the RSS chief said, according to the report.

Even well-meaning policies, statements from persons in government and administration were being misused to benefit nefarious designs by vested interests, he rued.

“We must be alert in identifying these plots and counter them on intellectual and social levels,” he said.

On 2019 elections Mr. Bhagwat said the world was eager to know if the 2019 elections in such a huge country will be conducted smoothly.

“Democracy in India is not something imported from any country, but a practice which has been prevalent here since centuries,” Mr. Bhagwat said.

RSS chief said India’s borders were now safer than ever, and more focus was needed on coastal security.

“The number of guards and check-posts on land borders and surveillance along the maritime border, especially on islands, have to be increased,” he said.

Mentioning the concerns over the economic sector, he said the slowing down of world economy has left its impact everywhere.

“The government has taken initiatives to tide over the situation in the last one-and-a-half months. Our society is entrepreneurial and will overcome these challenges,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)




  1. Is Mohan Bhagwat has little shame on lynching in Indian pretext. During the revolt Chanakiyya against Band dynasty was this technique of killing people not used by him. The same technique is being used to group killing nowadays to save the killers giving them benefit of doubts, though a person/s are intentionally killed to create a terror and terrifying others? Lynching is a deleberated tool to create terror in the country by RSS that’s why the killers are rewarded by their government in many cases.


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