Defense minister Manohar Parrikar said incidents such as the Dadri lynching harm the Modi government’s image and clarified that RSS has nothing to do with the incident.
He said so when asked about the lynching of a man for consuming beef in Dadri area and whether such incidents were a part of the RSS agenda to polarise the society ahead of Bihar polls.
“Local issues sometimes are blown out of proportion,” he said, stating he was not referring to any particular incident. He was speaking at a fundraiser on the outskirts of Panaji.
Seeking to distance the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from the Dadri lynching and other incidents, he said, “I am a hardcore RSS functionary from my childhood. The Dadri lynching case has nothing to do with RSS.”
It may be mentioned a 50-year-old man in Dadri area of Uttar Pradesh was lynched by an angry mob for consuming beef. Outraged, many irked writers have been returning Sahitya Akademi awards.
When queried if the demand for a countrywide ban on beef, as sought by Baba Ramdev was being considered, Parrikar diplomatically quipped, “Government decisions have to be fair.”
To a question if bodies such as the Sanatan Sanstha should be banned after they were highlighted recently for killing some rationalists, Parrikar said the probing agencies would have to build a case against the Sanstha before such a ban.
“Like Students’ and Islamic Movement of India, the government will have to set up a case to prove that the Sanatan Sanstha promotes violence. Violence cannot be allowed in a democracy,” he said.