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Overcoming the barricades, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat visited a mosque and met All India Imam Organization chief Maulvi Omar Ahmed Ilyasi in Delhi.

It was described as a “closed-door meeting” that lasted more than an hour.

“RSS Sarsangchalak meets people from all walks of life. This is part of the ongoing normal ‘samwad’ (discussion) process,” RSS spokesperson Sunil Ambekar said.

Last month, Bhagwat met five Muslim intellectuals and discussed his concerns about the “current climate of dissent” in the country.

The group came weeks after Mr. Bhagwat’s statement questioning the need to “seek a Shivling under every mosque” against the backdrop of a petition requesting Hindu prayers at a shrine inside Varanasi’s Gyanavapi Masjid complex. demanded a meeting.

Former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Qureshi, who was at the 75-minute meeting, said Mr Bhagwat said he was concerned about the state of affairs in the country. “I am not happy with the atmosphere of dissent. This is completely wrong. The country can move forward only with cooperation and coordination,” he quoted the RSS chief as saying.

He said that Bhagwat shared some points which were of particular concern to him. He said that there was a cow slaughter, which disturbs the Hindus.

“So we said it is practically banned across the country. Muslims are law abiding and if someone violates it, it is a big mistake and should be punished,” Qureshi said.

Another was the use of the word “Kafir” or non-believer, which “gave Hindus a bad feeling”.

“We said basically in Arabic, this word means non-believer. Some people believe in Islam, they are called “Momin”. Unbelievers are “infidels”. It was a neutral word and now it has become a slang word. We have no problem stopping it,” Qureshi said.

Muslim leaders made the point that “some right-wing people call Muslims jihadists and Pakistanis”.

“They are suspicious of the loyalty of Muslims and want them to prove their patriotism at every turn. Muslims are Indians too,” Bhagwat, he said, agreed. “We share the same DNA. The majority of Muslims here are converts. are,” he said in response, quoting the RSS chief.

Former Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, former Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah, former MP Shahid Siddiqui and businessman Saeed Sherwani also attended the meeting.

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