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RSS leader defends Modi’s lunch meeting with Sharif

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Indore: RSS’s joint general secretary Dattatraya Hosbole said here today that his organisation didn’t think that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a mistake in lunching at the residence of his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore last month.

The statement by the senior RSS functionary defending Modi’s decision to visit the neighbouring country came on a day when Pakistani terrorists attacked IAF base in Pathankot.

Hosbole was speaking to reporters at Vishwa Sangh Shivir here.

To a question, he said “why shouldn’t Modi eat with Nawaz Sharif? We don’t oppose this. We believe the whole world is one family and it’s our duty that we behave well (with others). This is India’s religion, this religion should be followed.

“The National Security Adviser of India is capable of dealing with the issue of terrorism. We have full confidence that that he would deal with the issue in the right way,” the RSS leader added.

To another question, Hosbole said “one has to use various means such as persuasion-purchase-punish- exploitation of division (`saam-daam-dand-bhed’) as per the circumstances.

The then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee undertook bus journey to Lahore but the Kargil war too was fought during his tenure.

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