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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat sparks controversy with 'Muslims born in India are Hindu by nationality' remark

Betul: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has once again sparked a controversy. this time by asserting that all the people who live in Hindustan and who have respect for its traditions are Hindus. Bhagwat on Wednesday said that although Muslims have a different way of performing prayers, they are Hindus by nationality.

"Whoever lives in Hindustan and has respect for its traditions, are all Hindus. Muslims may have different way of performing prayers, but their nationality is Hindu. All Hindus are accountable for Hindustan," Bhagwat said while addressing 'Hindu Sammelan' in Madhya Pradesh.

"Across the world Indian society is known as Hindu. All Bharatiya (Indians) are Hindus and we all are one entity," he said.

Hindus should remain alert for the honour of the country, Bhagwat said adding, "Across the globe it has been said that Bharat will become the world guru. In such a situation we are accountable for the country. It is necessary for Hindus to remain united and bury their differences."

"Our caste, sub-caste, rituals and language may be different, but the language of our hearts is one. Diversity in life is beautiful, but it should also have unity," he said.

The function was also addressed by former Union Minister Satpal Maharaj, who laid emphasis on women empowerment.

Earlier in the day, Bhagwat visited Betul district jail and paid tributes to second Sarsanghchalak of RSS late Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar alias 'Guruji'.

The state Congress objected to Bhagwat's visit terming it as violation of jail manual and an effort to glorify the member of the then banned organisation.

"BJP is trying to glorify Golwalkar, who was detained as a member of a banned organisation then. This is also a violation of jail manual. Only the family members, friends of a prisoner can visit the jail premises with prior permission of jail management," Congress spokesman K K Mishra said.