“It was a planned idea to increase the population, establish dominance, supremacy and make this country Pakistan. It was about Punjab and Sindh then; Assam and Bengal are critical now. Pakistan did not get what it wanted. It didn’t get Assam, it got only half of Bengal and Punjab …After Partition we took care of our minorities even though Pakistan did not.”
Bhagwat defended the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and said every country had the right to know who its citizens were. No Indian Muslim would face problems due to CAA and citizens should be united in taking ‘corrective measures to solve problems of past’, Bhagwat said.
“A large number of people were evicted from their homes during Partition. Even today, people are evicted. What is their fault? Who will take care of them? It is our moral duty to help such people. After independence, India’s first prime minister had said that minorities will be taken care of. We will continue to do so. No Muslim will suffer due to CAA,” Bhagwat said after launching a book on Assam politics and history.
The people of the country do not have problems with any religion, language or creed, but “the problem starts when someone tries to impose homogeneity with the intent to dominate. The problem arises when someone asks for rights enshrined in the Constitution but does not follow duties,” Bhagwat said. The nation does not have to learn from the world about secularism, socialism and democracy. These values are an intrinsic part of Indian civilisation.
“Our vision is of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. We don’t have any problem with any region, language or creed. Despite the differences of languages and lifestyles, Indian civilisation is the common connection. We have reached out to majority communities of other countries during a calamity… So if there are some who wish to come to our country due to threats and fear, we will definitely have to help them,” Bhagwat said.
“NRC is only a process to find out who is a genuine citizen.”