Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia saw a backup support from RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat as the former expressed dissatisfaction over the effectivity of central law on banning cow slaughter. Togadia was speaking at the three-day Dharma Sanskruti Mahakumbh, a congregation of seers backed by RSS, which ended on Sunday here.
The meet was also attended by state chief minister Devendra Fadvnavis, Assam governor Banwarlilal Purohit, and city mayor Pravin Datke, all of who left early. Later, a nearly 4,000 strong procession was taken out from the Reshimbagh grounds till Mahal.
Interestingly calls were made to increase the community’s numbers with Hindus producing 10 children while at the same time, demand for a national population policy was also raised.
Vasudevanand Saraswati, the Shankracharya of Jyotir Mutt, said Hindus should have 10 children each. He also called for Modi to take a quick decision on cow slaughter ban, like he did on demonetisation.
Sidelined by Prime Minister Modi, Togadia, who was lying low, has been frequently raising Hindutva issues. For the first time in recent past, both Togadia and Bhagwat have come on the same platform. Togadia’s another public meet is planned December 30.
Togadia also lamented that the Ram Temple in Ayodhya remains a dream, also reminding of the central law on prohibiting cow slaughter.
“Hindus are fast becoming a minority in their own country. Apart from Kashmir, they are also migrating from places like Meerut, Moradabad, and Kerala. The population of Hindus is going down even as that of others going up. The government must have population policy in place,” said Togadia.
In a reference to reconversions, Bhagwat said, “Anyone who imbibes the Indian culture is a Hindu. There may be some who have been cut off from the Hindu society. My goal is to bring them back.”
The RSS chief also called to work towards resurrecting the cultural icons like birth places of Ram, Krishna and the abode of Lord Shiva.
“Discard the two-children norm. Have 10 instead, don’t worry about who will fend for them, god will take care of your kids,” said the Shankracharya. He said there is a need to have more Hindus. “Unless there are more children, how will the country get soldiers, traders and even journalists,” he said. This is not the first time he has spoken about Hindus having more children.
The seer urged the Prime Minister to enact a law banning cow slaughter, raising a pitch for the Indian breed of cow. “It’s not the Jersey or other mixed breed of bovine which we are talking about but the Indian breeds like Gir, which should be reared,” he said.
Earlier, Fadnavis said India has the capacity to become the world leaders in spirituality.