Pakistan condemns RSS chief’s Partition remarks

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Pakistan yesterday strongly condemned the statement of Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement — in which he said “the only solution to the pain of Partition lies in undoing it” — terming it “delusional thinking and historical revisionism”.

According to a report by The Indian Express, the RSS issued a statement on Thursday quoting Bhagwat as saying that the India of 2021 was not the same as the one in 1947 while speaking at a book launch event.

“Partition has happened once, it won’t happen again. Those who think that way will face partition themselves,” he said.

The RSS chief said if India wanted to contribute to the world, it would need to become “capable”, adding, “the only solution to the pain of Partition lies in undoing it.”

Reacting to the remarks, the Foreign Office, in its statement issued today, said Pakistan completely rejected the “highly provocative and irresponsible remarks”, pointing out that the RSS chief had also indulged in “such delusional thinking and historical revisionism” previously.

“Pakistan has repeatedly highlighted the threat posed to regional peace and stability by the toxic mix of the extremist Hindutva ideology (Hindu Rashtra) and expansionist foreign policy (Akhand Bharat) being pursued by the ruling RSS-BJP dispensation in India.”

The FO warned that the “dangerous mindset” was aimed to “completely marginalise and displace” minorities in India, and also posed an existential threat to all South Asian neighbours.

The world was witness to the systematic usurpation of the rights of minorities, especially Muslims, in India and the unabated repression of Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir, the statement noted. In addition, the world had also seen India’s reckless misadventures in February 2019 —when Indian aircraft violated the Line of Control, it said.

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