'Buddhism is Indian, but not Islam, Christianity'

Nagpur: The RSS on Sunday differentiated between reservations for Dalit-converts to Buddhism, and to Islam and Christianity, saying Buddhism is Indian but not the other two religions.

Opposing reservations for and concessions to Dalits who converted to the Semitic religions, RSS joint general secretary Madan Das Devi said, "Buddhists are part of our diaspora, but the other two religions are part of an international conspiracy to convert our people, a part of imperialism."

On the final day of All-India Pratinidhi Sabha at Nagpur, the RSS reiterated its hard-line Hindutva agenda, deplored the UPA government's "minority appeasement for vote-bank politics" and demanded abolition of all concessions based on religious grounds.

The favours being showered upon Muslims and Christians liberally are fraught with the danger of dividing society on communal lines, the RSS said. It appealed "fair-minded Muslims and Christians" to openly oppose the government's policies "that are against the constitution".

The RSS, however, clarified that reservations for lower castes are a socioeconomic reality and that it supported policies for backward castes from all religions. Only, it said, extending the benefit of reservation to Dalit-converts to Islam or Christianity would encourage conversions. "Reservations are attractive but there should be a limit," Devi said. Calling for a tough stance against terrorism, the RSS decried the "ever-growing tendency of our governing class to rush to the US and other countries beseeching their help in our battle against terrorism".

In its third resolution, the RSS described the coronation of Krishnadevaraya in the 15th century as the emperor of Vijayanagara as a defining moment in the country's history. It said it would celebrate the 500th anniversary of the event this year. On the Ayodhya issue, Devi said the RSS would press the BJP for an early settlement if it came back to power at the Centre. "The court hearing is nearing completion, and we feel the court should deliver a bold verdict based on the evidence early; the second option is to resolve the issue through an understanding and the third, by enacting a law," Devi said.



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