NEW DELHI: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will reunite one day to create “Akhand Bharat” or an ‘Undivided India’, BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav has said.
In an interview to international news network Al Jazeera, the former spokesperson and national executive member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said that this can happen “without war, through popular consent”.
“The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh still believes that one day these parts, which have for historical reasons separated only 60 years ago, will again, through popular goodwill, come together and Akhand Bharat will be created,” Mr Madhav said.
Mr Madhav further added that he holds on to that view as a member of the RSS – the ideological mentor of the BJP.
“That does not mean we wage war on any country, [or that] we annex any country. Without war, through popular consent, it can happen,” he clarified.
Also responding to a statement made earlier this year, in which he said India was “a Hindu country”, Mr Madhav explained, “It’s a land where a particular way of life, a particular culture or civilisation, is practised.”
“We call it Hindu – do you have any objection? India has one culture. We are one culture, one people, one nation,” he said.
The Congress criticised the remarks calling them “just propaganda”. “The RSS or the BJP have been misleading people of the country just to divert the attention from their abject failure. They are engaging in propaganda like an event management company,” Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said.