PTI NAGPUR EXPRESSING grave concern over the Chinese aggression, intrusion into Indian borders and its close ties with Pakistan, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has called for India to be more pro-active and regain its leading position in Asia. “There is need to influence international diplomatic dialogue more effectively to garner global support for ourselves,” he said.
Addressing the swayamsevaks at the customary Vijayadashmi function on Thursday, Bhagwat said: “China has in recent times shown its intensions to expand its influence in the Asian continent. Its soldiers have entered Leh and Ladakh and demolished our bunkers.
China has threatened Indian ships exploring oil in South China Sea. It has forged links with terror outfits in northeast India.
“At the same time China has entered into Gilgit- Baltistan north of Jammu and Kashmir where boundaries of six-nations meet. Its close ties have emboldened Pakistan to threaten the US,” said Bhagwat. “In 1962 we have been victims of China’s shrewd and crafty war tactics.
We have to remain vigilant against China and build necessary infrastructure on the borders and not let our military preparedness to wither away,” he stressed. He also wanted to re-build ties with Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as these nations looked towards India for leadership support.
The RSS chief’s speech also dwelt on issues like situation in Kashmir, problems of the North-East, terrorism, economic policy, anti-corruption movement and the proposed communal and targeted violence Bill. Admitting that the RSS actively participated in Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement he said : “We actively participate in such agitations which are in the interest of the nation and people in particular.” “It was credible people who led the movement and the frustrating conditions exploded into massive support for the recent success of this agitation,” he said and ridiculed those who objected to chanting of “Vande Mataram” and “Bharatmata Ki Jai” from the dharna site in Delhi during the agitation. “Rejecting symbols of patriotism such as Vande Mataram and Bharatmata Ki Jai to gain cheap popularity can never be tolerated in any national movement,” he said.
According to him, the return of the black money from foreign banks, effective legislation against corruption and its implementation without any outside interference and influence and bringing the Prime Minister and other top functionaries within the ambit of the anti-graft law have become issues which give vent to the feelings of the people.
“The government had to cave in to the popular pressure but total success is still not in sight. We will have to bring fundamental changes in the very system that breeds in corruption. For this the administrative system will have to be made more transparent and responsible to the needs of the common people,” he stressed.