Bhagwat claims Lynching is Western construct, praises Modi-Amit for abrogating Article 370

Mohan Bhagwat
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New Delhi, Oct 8: Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for their role in withdrawing special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said: “The move of the re-elected regime to nullify Article 370 has once again proved that it has the courage to fulfil those expectations and respect people’s sentiments and wishes in the interest of the country.”

Bhagwat claimed “Lynchingis a Western construct. It is not the word from Indian ethos. Its origin is from a story in a separate religious text. Don’t impose such terms on Indians.”

The RSS chief’s comment comes after a first information report (FIR) was filed in Bihar last week against the 49 authors of an open letter to Prime Minister Modi, who wrote to protest growing incidents of mob killing in the country that claimed the lives of Dalits, Muslims and other minorities.

The open letter, written in July, came after a spate of mob killings and lynching that included the death of Tabrez Ansari, 24, in Jharkhand in June.

In his speech, Mohan Bhagwat voiced his displeasure against such incidents and urged citizens of the country to live in harmony, claiming that RSS volunteers (‘swayamsevaks’) are “brought up with that ‘sanskaar’ (value)”.

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