Religious conversion leads to separatism: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
Bengaluru/UNI: In a gathering of religious leaders from the Dalit and backward class communities, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwant has stressed on steps to prevent "religious conversion", which he says leads to "separatism" and uproots an individual.
"Religious conversion leads to separatism. Conversion separates one from the roots. Hence, we should strive to stop religious conversion," he said in a statement.
"If we want India to remain as India, we have to be what we are (culturally) or else India will not remain India. Hence, we have to ensure that 'Dharma' should pervade all across," he added.
Bhagwat made the statement at the first convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence where he honored legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, Indian Hindustani vocalist M Venkatesh Kumar, nuclear-physicist R Chidambaram, environmentalist Purnima Devi Barman, and C Sreenivas for delivering free healthcare to many.
Amid heated discussions on population control, Bhagwat has said survival of the fittest is applicable to animals who eat, drink and increase population, when it comes to humans, the fittest are those who help the weakest survive.
"Just eating, drinking and increasing population, even animals do these things. Don't they? He who is strong will survive. This is the law of the jungle. Survival of the fittest. This is the truth," Bhagwat said without mincing words on the population explosion here late Wednesday.
However, he added that the rule is "applicable to animals, not to humans. In humans, the fittest persons will make others survive. The fittest will help the weakest to survive. That is the meaning of human excellence."