Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat triggered massive controversy while addressing a large gathering at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago.While using 'lion and dog' analogy, RSS chief mentioned that it is hard to unite the Hindus.
"We had everything. But we forgot to practise it. Every atman is parmatman. And it is omnipresent. And at the same time we told our society that they shouldn't cross the seas. It is a crime. Correct? So, we forgot to practise and because we forgot these things, we also forgot to work together. I think even today, the Hindu society is the society which has largest number of meritorious people in every aspect of life today," he said.
The RSS supremo further added, "But they never come together, they never stay together, they never work together. Coming together of Hindus is itself is a difficult thing. In initial days of our Sangh vargh, when our karyakartas used to go and talk to Hindu eminences about organising the Hindus, they used to say that a lion doesn't walk in the crowd. But even the lion, the Royal Bengal tiger, the king of his own jungle, if he is alone, wild dogs together can invade and destroy."
Bhagwat's comments brought forward a small political war, with Congress, AIMIM attacking him. Raj Babbar, senior leader of Congress said, "I felt very sad. I felt so pity that it is that Chicago where Swami Vivekananda went and gave the world an insight about Hindus. In Chicago, where such an event is taking place, if you talk something so small-minded, then you are degrading the Hindus."
Asaduddin Owaisi, President of AIMIM condemned the words used by Mohan Bhagwat. "I don't know why he has to use this kind of language. Is he referring to wildlife or forest to make comments like dogs and all. Are you trying to say that others are weak and you are powerful. I'm not surprised they have been using this kind of language for so many years. But the people of India will object this," he said.
Rakesh Sinha, Rajya Sabha MP defended Bhagwat, saying, "This analogy of his is just to communicate with the people all over the world to the Indians and Hindus, that if you get divided on the basis of narrow...like caste, language then the danger of aggression is inevitable, and history is witness of that."