Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the RSS, was speaking during a Vijayadasami celebration in Nagpur.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) president Mohan Bhagwat stated on Wednesday that India now needs a population control program that is applicable to everyone for the next 50 years in order to make the population an “asset” to the nation.
The balance of the population based on religion is a significant issue that cannot be disregarded, Mr. Bhagwat added.
Mr. Mohan Bhagwat questioned the audience at the program of the RSS’s foundation day celebration event on the occasion of Vijayadashami in Reshim Bagh in Nagpur if they could envision how many people India might feed in 50 years. He also questioned how people would receive healthcare and education if the population kept increasing.
“It’s true that our nation has a sizable population. Populations demand resources, and if they continue to increase, they represent a significant burden—possibly an intolerable burden. Plans are thus created with population control in mind, according to Mr. Bhagwat, who used China’s population control initiatives as an example.
He continued by saying that a family’s financial well-being, education, and maternal health are all related to how many children they have.
Environment and population are interconnected. In other words, it’s important to carefully evaluate all of these elements while developing population policy. It ought to be relevant to everyone. Then and then will population control laws be effective.
According to Mr. Bhagwat, the three new nations that have emerged in the twenty-first century—East Timor, South Sudan, and Kosovo—are a result of demographic imbalances in particular areas of Indonesia, Sudan, and Serbia.
Geographical borders fluctuate as a result of population imbalances. Infiltration, lure or greed, forced conversions, and variations in birth rates are further significant factors. All of these considerations must be made. Religion-based population balance and population management are significant issues that cannot be neglected any longer, he added.
A few weeks prior to Mr. Bhagwat’s statement, former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi had given him a copy of his book, “The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning, and Politics in India,” in which he discusses how the right-wing interpretation of population statistics has given rise to myths about the “Muslim rate of growth.”
In the past 20 years, the RSS has twice voted resolutions on population control strategy (in 2004 and 2015). The resolutions said that the government must work on effective legislation on conversion, NRC, and infiltration control in order to build a policy that would apply equally to all while taking into account the country’s resource availability, future demands, and the issue of demographic imbalance.
In his subsequent remarks, Mr. Mohan Bhagwat once more referred to the murders in Udaipur and Amrawati as “heinous acts,” noting that they had shocked, saddened, and infuriated the whole society.
“After the Udaipur event, a few notable Muslims expressed their outrage at the happening. It wasn’t always the case. These protests shouldn’t be seen as an exception in Muslim culture; rather, they should become the norm for their greater segments, he continued.
Mr. Bhagwat continued by saying that there is a culture of fear-mongering among so-called minorities that we or organized Hindus are a threat to them.
They claim that sangh wale marenge. Neither the Sangh nor Hindus are inclined toward this. Sangh is steadfastly determined to support brotherhood, amity, and peace, the speaker continued.
Regarding RSS’s engagement with the Dalit community, the RSS chairman stated that “temple-water-cremation” should be uniform for everyone.
He said, “We need to stop squabbling about who will ride a horse at weddings and who won’t.” Noting that while the Indian Constitution placed an emphasis on political and economic equality. It is impossible to achieve meaningful and lasting change without social fairness.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar gave us such a word of warning, added Mr. Bhagwat.
His remarks were made against the background of increasing instances of Dalit atrocities in India, which the opposition has previously harshly criticized.
Santosh Yadav, a climber, was invited as the event’s principal guest. And Mr. Bhagwat spoke on the importance of women in the development of the nation. Additionally, he asserted that the rumor that RSS doesn’t invite women to its gatherings is untrue.
Without granting women equal rights and opportunity, India cannot develop. Women must be treated equally and given the opportunity to make their own decisions, according to Mr. Bhagwat.
The RSS leader emphasize the importance of educate children in their “mother tongue” and says that learning English is not vital for advance of one’s career. Additionally, he spoke extensively about “self-reliant” India and the need to support start-ups.
Mr. Bhagwat added, in reference to India’s development during the last 75 years. That when taking a position on the Russia-Ukraine situation. India had both its own interests and international peace in mind.
He said, “This is why the world is listening to us.”