RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said use of the word "nationalism" should be avoided as it reminds people of Adolf Hitler's Nazism.
Mohan Bhagwat made the remarks at an RSS event at the Mukherjee University Morabadi in Ranchi.
The RSS chief recalled his conversation with an RSS worker in UK where he said: "Nationalism shabd ka upyog mat kijiye. Nation kahenge chalega, national kahenge chalega, nationality kahenge chalgea, nationalism mat kaho. Nationalism ka matlab hota hai Hitler, naziwaad. (Don't use the word nationalism. Use of the words Nation or nationality is okay but don't use nationalism because it mans Hitler's Nazism)."
Mohan Bhagwat added that there is unrest across the country due to fundamentalism, however, every citizen of India is connected despite the diversity. "There is unrest in the country due to fundamentalism. It has been India's policy to neither become a slave nor make anyone a slave. India has a quality of uniting everyone. Indian culture is Hindu culture. Every citizen of India is connected with each other, despite the diversity," the 69-year-old leader said during the event.
Mohan Bhagwat also said that the RSS is expanding with "the end goal to make India a world leader".
He said as the nation progresses, the Sangh will also keep moving forward on the agenda of Hindutva, which will work in connecting the country. "India has to become a world leader. As India grows as a nation, it helps the entire world," he added.