Opposition tears into Mohan Bhagwat over ‘wild dogs and lions’ analogy


New Delhi, Sep 9 : Accusing Mohan Bhagwat of having a mentality of anti-Hindu and dividing people on the basis of caste and religion by giving ‘dogs and lions’ analogy, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh does not believe in the Constitution of India and  was demeaning people by calling others dogs and assuming themselves as the tiger.

“So who are dogs and the lion? Indian Constitution defines everyone as humans & doesn’t treat them as dogs or lion. The problem with RSS is that they don’t believe in Indian constitution”A Owaisi on RSS Chief’s statement, “if a lion is alone, wild dogs can invade & destroy it”

Owaisi’s statement comes after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, at an event in Chicago, United States, said, “If a lion is alone, wild dogs can invade and destroy the lion. We must not forget that.”

Bhagwat had said that Hindus had no aspiration of dominance and the community would prosper only when it worked as a society.

“They (RSS) have their weird ideas to demean people by calling others dogs and assuming themselves as the tiger. This has been the language of RSS from last 90 years and I am not surprised. People of India will reject such crass and crude language,” Owaisi said.

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar claimed that the “dog” reference was for the “opposition parties” in the country.

“I condemn this ‘mansikta’ (mentality) of Mohan Bhagwat that he has referred to Opposition parties in the country as dogs,” Ambedkar said.

The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra too slammed the RSS and alleged that its ideology was “anti-Hindu”.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “The ideology of RSS and BJP is anti-Hindu and they only know how to do caste politics.”

“The day they stop dividing Hindus on the basis of caste, every Hindu and people from other religions as well will be lions,”  Malik added.

Congress leader Sachin Sawant said, “RSS ideology is anti-Hindu. It is known for hatred towards other castes and religions. It is shameful of the RSS chief to describe any religion in this way.”

The World Hindu Congress marks the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893 in Chicago.


Meanwhile, Owaisi said that Article 35A is “very important for Indian interest.”

“People in Jammu itself are saying that article 35A should be retained. Article 35A is essential and will remain the part of the Constitution,” Owaisi added.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had deferred, until January 2019, the hearing on a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A.

Article 35A disallows people from other states residing in Jammu and Kashmir, buying or owning immovable property in the state, settling permanently, or getting state government jobs.


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