CHANDIGARH – Objecting to Mohan Bhagwat’s statements on the Hindu Rashtra, top Sikh body Akal Takht called for a ban on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday, saying that the Hindutva group is creating divisions and destroying the country.
“Yes, it should be banned. I believe what the RSS is doing will create divisions in the country. The statements being made by RSS leaders are not in the country’s interests,” Akal Takht chief Giani Harpreet Singh was quoted by the NDTV as saying.
He gave the statement during a media interaction in Amritsar, calling on the Narendra Modi government to rein in the Hindutva outfit.
The RSS is the ideological mentor of the BJP which rules the centre and some states.
When he was told that the RSS was the parental body of the ruling party BJP, Giani Harpreet Singh replied: “Then it is not in the country’s interests. It will hurt the country and destroy it.”
The Akal Takht which means “Throne of the Timeless One”, is the highest temporal seat of the Sikh community. Located in Amritsar, it is part of a complex of religious buildings centred on the Golden Temple.
However, this is not the first time that religious leaders of the Sikh community has raised voices against the RSS and its ideology. Earlier, any prominent Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) raised voices against RSS chief Bhagwat’s statement. SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal objected to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat calling India a “Hindu Rashtra” during an event held to mark the Dussehra festivities.
“The SGPC chief has objected to a statement made by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on the occasion of Dussehra, wherein he said that all the people residing in India are Hindu because the country is a Hindu nation,” a press release issued by the committee last Wednesday reads.
The SGPC, also known as the Sikh parliament, manages all the gurdwaras and religious issues related to the community. Its office-bearers are voted in by the Sikh electorate.