A new ‘rashtra pita’ and global ‘Hindu phobia’ | India News

Taking forward his outreach to the Muslim community, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday visited a mosque and a madrassa in Delhi and held discussions with the chief of the All India Imam Organisation (AIIO). The RSS is the ideological fountainhead of the ruling BJP at the Centre.
Bhagwat’s visit
Bhagwat went to a mosque in central Delhi’s Kasturba Gandhi Marg and followed it up with a visit to the Madrasa Tajweedul Quran in Azadpur in north Delhi. This is the first time he has visited a madrassa, an RSS official accompanying him said.
The RSS chief interacted with children and heard them reciting the Quran. Children raised the slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Jai Hind’.
‘There’s only one Rashtra Pita’
AIIO chief Umer Ahmed Ilyasi used the ‘rashtra pita’ descriptive for Bhagwat, but the latter intervened to say there is only one father of the nation, adding everyone is ‘Bharat ki santan’ (child of the nation), according to the RSS official.
AIIO is the representative voice of the community of Indian imams and claims to be the largest imam organisation in the world.
Hindu phobia?
Meanwhile, a US think tank has said there is now a dangerous hybridisation of hate against the Hindu community, citing the increasing attacks on them in the US, the UK and other parts of the world.
UK’s assurance
Meanwhile, external affairs minister S Jaishankar shared his concerns about the security and welfare of the Indian community in the UK with his British counterpart Cleverly and welcomed his assurances on the same, ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

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