Be human: RSS chief addresses population control, conversion debates

Bengaluru, July 14 (FN Agency) Amid heated discussions on population control, RSS chief Mohan 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 population explosion here on 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.” 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.

The Sarsanghchalak’s statement comes after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s a few days that population imbalance could lead to chaos and anarchy, if it was allowed to continue.”When we talk about family planning-population stabilisation, we have to keep in mind that the population control programme must go ahead successfully, but at the same time, a situation of population imbalance should not be allowed to happen,” Bhagwat echoes Adityanath at the function that marked the commencement of ‘population control fortnight’. Bhagwat also said religious conversion should be stopped because it separates individuals from their roots.”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 said the Sangh is working on resolving the problem of untouchability and inequality, which exists in the mind and not in the scriptures. “It will take time to resolve the problem, but it will surely happen one day. Till then, we should have patience,” he added.Expressing his views on development of the country, Bhagwat said that the country has made a lot of progress and has seen development in recent years.”In the last few years, India has developed by learning lessons from Indian history and understanding futuristic ideas. If someone had said this 10 or 12 years ago, nobody would have taken it seriously,” he said.Bhagwat said the foundation of the development that is visible today was laid in 1857 and later Swami Vivekananda took it forward with his philosophy and principles. However, the RSS chief admitted there is lack of scientific approach that has needs to be addressed.