RSS: 'Cow protection to increase; Vigilantes not culprits but victims of violence'


"On the contrary, many activists who were peacefully involved in cow protection were attacked and killed; this issue is neither discussed nor being inquired", Bhagwat said.

"It is reprehensible that some people have been killed allegedly by Gau Rakshaks". In fact, violence of any form is reprehensible.

On the issue of formulation of economic policies, Bhagwat said views of all the stakeholders should be taken into consideration. "Some of them told me that the nefarious campaign going on against the cow-protection unnecessarily creates tension among the people of different religions".

RSS Chief said the country has already been facing problem of illegal Bangladeshi migrants and now Rohingyas have infiltrated as well.

"Cows are used more for their urine and dung than milk in our country". For a small farmer to progress, rearing of the cow is a must. Protecting cow and cow-based agriculture is directed by the Constitution. Rearing of the cow is not a matter of religion.

He said there was a growing sentiment that the new generation will either become urban educated unemployed or be working in farms will disrupt education that will force them to be in villages that are "without any facilities".

He said they are being driven out of Myanmar mainly due to their continuous violent and criminal separatist activities and linkages with the terrorist groups."Any decision regarding them should be taken by keeping in mind that they will definitely be a threat to national security and integrity".

Bhagwat also called for "constructive connect" to the state to eradicate "the poison of alienation and unrest".

"Deeply saddened by the incident which occurred yesterday".

The RSS chief also hailed the government's efforts at tackling cross-border infiltration and terror funding issue in Jammu and Kashmir. "Necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed in that state", he said at the event, where BJP patriarch LK Advani and Union minister Nitin Gadkari were among those present.

According to NDTV, Bhagwat also targeted the governments of West Bengal and Kerala, who according to him are "lending a helping hand to the anti-national forces for petty political interests". "Although people are resisting, state governments are not fulfilling duty".