Guwahati, Jan 22: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said India is a Hindu Rashtra and it is Hindutva that has “united India despite the diversity of language, religion, lifestyle and custom”. Bhagwat made the remarks while addressing a congregation at the Khanapara Veterinary College field in Assam. The state Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also attended the RSS congregation. Also Read - Proud Moment! 17-Year-Old Surat Girl Appointed Green Ambassador By United Nations Environment Programme

“Hindutva accepts diversity, not divisions. That is why India is a Hindu Rashtra,” Mohan Bhagwat, as reported by a leading daily, said. The RSS chief said Pakistan and Bangladesh are separate countries because they didn’t want to associate with Hindutva. He said India is united because the country embraced Hindutva. Also Read - 16 Countries Provide Visa-Free Entry to Indian Passport Holders: Govt Tells Rajya Sabha

“Mohenjodaro and Harappa civilizations are now in Pakistan. They are part of Bharat, which Pakistan does not want to acknowledge. Pakistan is a separate country because it did not want to accept Hindutva,” Bhagwat said. “Why is Bangladesh a separate country even though its people speak Bangla? It is because the country does not want to associate with Hindutva,” the RSS chief added. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: 13 Hours of Marathon Talks Between India, China Fail to Bring Any Breakthrough, Claim Reports

Mohan Bhagwat said the RSS congregation in Assam was not a show of strength but an attempt to make people see that “the essence of India is Hindutva”. “India needs to be strong not to capture new lands, but to win the hearts of people,” he added. The gathering was organised by the North Assam Zone, which covers Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley, Nagaland and Meghalaya.