Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, addressing a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground said today that the Hindus of the country needed to unite to strengthen themselves. “On this occasion we all should take a pledge of giving one-third of our time and one-third of our income to the Sangh for increasing our strength.Even our early leaders had said that we should not blame either the British or the Mughal for our downfall. United Hindu strength should be such that no one would look down upon them. It is our own fault because we ourselves are weak. Here in India are we free to carry out our activities such our pujas and immersion according to the religious rules? If not then why are you surprised that Hindus are oppressed in Bangladesh,” he said during his address at the rally.
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Earlier, the Calcutta High Court allowed the RSS to hold a programme at the Brigade Parade Ground. Rejecting refusal of permission by Kolkata Police, Justice Joymalyo Bagchi directed that the programme be held at Brigade Parade Ground, subject to some restrictions including a cap of 4,000 on the number of attendees.
The police had refused permission to the organisers to hold the programme, both for an earlier venue of Bhukailash Park in the western part of the city and Brigade Parade Ground.
The petitioners submitted before the court that Makar Sankranti Utsav is an annual event and is organised on a specific date and cannot be postponed as suggested by Advocate General Jayanta Mitra.
The petitioners’ counsel, Anindya Mitra, also submitted that the organisers had already taken permission of the Army, which is the custodian of the Maidan area where the Brigade Parade Ground is situated in the heart of the city.
With inputs from Arshad Ali