‘Tables have turned’, Singhal warns Muslims July 29, 2014
In a stern message to India’s Muslims, Ashok Singhal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief patron and one of the senior most functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said that the 2014 elections have shown that a government can be made ‘without Muslim support’. He also expressed confidence that Narendra Modi-an ‘ideal swayamsevak’-would deliver on the Hindutva agenda, unlike the first NDA government.In an exclusive interview to HT, Singhal-who had a front-row seat that ‘tables and turned’.
The polls were a ‘setback to Muslim politics’ which had been used by ‘foreign and divisive forces was time for them to learn lessons. “Muslims will be treated as common citizens, nothing more, nothing less. And they must learn to respect Hindu sentiments. If they keep opposing Hindus, how long can they survive?” When asked that this meant in tangible terms, the Sangh veteran said Muslims should give up claims over Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura and accept a Uniform Civil Code. The VHP is under stood to have asked interlocutors to directly convey this message to muslim organizations.
“We will then give them love, and not claim any other mosque sites even though there are thousands built on the ruins of temples. But if they don’t accept it, they should be prepared for further Hindu consolidation. It has happened at the centre; it will happen in other states,” said Singhal. The VHP has strained ties with Vajpayee for it felt that the NDA-1 did nto deliver on core issues like the Ram Temple UCC and abrogation of Article 370. But singhal said he had no such apprehensions anymore.
“The government will not and does not need to backtrack because it has the numbers in the house, and whatever we want to do, we want to do through constitutional means,” said Singhal. He added that BJP’s win had become possible because of ‘Ram Janmabhoomi and Godhra. The VHP supremo admitted that there had been ‘unprecedented mobilization’ by the Sangh Parivar during these elections. When asked if the Sangh expected their loyalists to be rewarded, he said, “well, the governors being appointed right now-be it Ram Naik or Kesari Nath Tripathi-are all from Sangh.
The RSS, BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Ram Sena are the outfits of the RSS. All have expressed the views “Modi Sarkar” has been hoisted only with a view to create a “HINDU RASHTRA”.
Are we Indians-ready to accept.