New Delhi, March 20: Mahatma Gandhi was a ‘kattar’ (hardcore) Hindu, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has claimed in an interview to weekly magazine Organiser. He had explained the same at the Rashtrodaya Samagam in Meerut recently where he said, “If Hindus become more kattar (fundamentalists), it actually means they will be more liberal. In that sense, Mahatma Gandhi was a ‘kattar’ (hardcore) Hindu.Also Read - 'Apologise With Folded Hands or Else...', BJP MLA Threatens Javed Akhtar For 'Likening' RSS to Taliban
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On being asked about portraying Hindu religion in two different narratives–one as Hinduism and the other as Hindutva–Bhagwat said RSS considers Hindutva as the one and only narrative. Also Read - Everyone's DNA is One Except Those Who Eat Cow Meat: VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi
Emphasising that the RSS believes in truth and non-violence being the core values of Hindutva, Bhagwat, however, said, “If somebody is attacking or indirectly killing the truth and non-violence we believe in, then to protect those values we will have to fight. To fight and practise truth and non-violence is Hindutva, he added.
Claiming that attraction towards Hindutva was growing, Bhagwat said that was why confusions and distortions were being created about it. “This is happening not only in Bharat but all over the world. The proponents of Hindutva are getting natural benefit of it. To deny that advantage, divisions are being created,” he added.
(With inputs from agencies)