Muslim community must seriously ponder over triple talaq: RSS

Members of Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), or National Volunteer Organization, wearing the organization’s new uniform, march in front of a mosque during a Vijayadashami program in Bangalore. (AP)
RSS on Tuesday expressed hope that Muslim women who have moved the court seeking abolition of triple talaq would secure justice, and said it wants the community to give a serious thought to the issue.

“The triple talaq issue is an internal problem of Muslims and in this context the Muslim community should seriously think over it. In the present era there should not be any kind of gender-based discrimination. On talaq issue, women have gone to court and we expect they get justice properly,” RSS All India General Secretary Bhayyaji Joshi told reporters.

“The Muslim community should also think and decide on it. We feel that there is a need that the court should also give (its) views on this matter through human perspective,” he said on the concluding day of the three-day All India Executive Council Meetings of RSS.

On Uniform Civil Code, Joshi said, “We have been stressing that to stop any kind of discrimination in personal life it should be done through law without disturbing social fabric. Law Commission has sought opinion on UCC and the Commission should consider the viewpoints (of public) and based on it, the Commission has to spell out its opinion..that is what we feel.”

Reacting to a query on surgical strikes, the senior RSS leader said, “In our country we are experts in politicising on any issue. Government has to take a decision which it took and the Army has to take action which it did.”

“We need to appreciate the present (NDA) government for taking a decision for surgical strikes and at the same time the surgical strikes were conducted on Army’s might. Hence, the army and the government, both are commendable for the surgical strikes…that is what we feel,” he said.

Asked about RSS’ stand on Pakistan artistes, Joshi said “Iske sandharb me sabhi ko udarta aur pramanikta se sochna chahiye.”

If the Pakistani artistes say that they don’t want to work in Indian movies then why India is so eager on welcoming them, he asked, adding, “Do we have scarcity of artistes in India?”.

He said making movies with only Indian artistes is a welcome step.

“Moreover, why we should be dependent on others for artistes. I think this dependency has to get over.”

Reacting to another query, on call for boycott of Chinese goods on social media, Joshi said, “Our stand has been that we should buy only Indian goods. Why only Chinese? When the alternatives (of products) are available. But, there are certain products for which alternatives are not there and we don’t say.”

“We have been saying that not only Chinese products but people should purchase natural products made in India and that stand continues,” Joshi added.