RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat talks about conversion, says 'Need to instil pride about faith, customs'
Mohan Bhagwat has stated that conversions of young Hindu girls and boys are improper and that there is a need to instil pride in them in their faith and customs.
Mohan Bhagwat, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader, has stated that conversions of young Hindu girls and boys are improper and that there is a need to instil pride in them in their faith and customs. "How do conversions occur? How do Hindu girls and boys convert to other religions for petty, selfish reasons, such as marriage? Those who do it are wrong, but that is another story. Don't we take care of our children? We must instil these principles in children at home. We must instil in them pride in themselves, in our religion, and in our religious traditions," Bhagwat said this in his talk to RSS activists and their families on Sunday in Haldwani, Uttarakhand.
He asked the audience to respond to queries in this respect without becoming perplexed. "Respond to any inquiries that arise. Do not be perplexed. We must educate ourselves to prepare our children properly," Bhagwat added. The RSS leader emphasised the need of protecting traditional family values and customs. He also advised people to visit Indian tourist sites, eat locally grown cuisine, and dress formally. According to Bhagwat, language, cuisine, devotional music, travel, attire, and housing are among the six mantras to keep linked to the origins of Indian culture.
While urging people to uphold ancient practices, he emphasised that untouchability should be abolished. "Make no distinctions based on caste. There should be no such thing as untouchability. Society has gotten into the habit of assuming religion based on names. People's differences should be eradicated from the heart," he stated. He requested that people hold conversations on these topics, including environmental problems such as water conservation and planting additional saplings. "When the Hindu awakens, the world awakens," the RSS head said.