Indore: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat stoked a new controversy on Sunday with his comment that marriage was a contract and a man could disown his wife if she violates its terms of looking after his household.
Speaking at a rally in Indore on Saturday, Bhagwat said a woman is bound by contract to husband to look after him.
"There was a theory of social contract and a deal is finalised between the wife and husband," said Bhagwat, who created a stir earlier this week with his claim that rapes hardly take place in rural but occur frequently in urban India.
"The husband says you take care of my house and I will take care of your needs, keep you safe," Bhagwat said and added that they stay together till the contract works and if the wife violates it, he can leave her.
"A husband and wife are involved in a contract under which the husband has said that you should take care of my house and I will take care of all your needs. I will keep you safe.
"So, the husband follows the contract terms. Till the time, the wife follows the contract, the husband stays with her, if the wife violates the contract, he can disown her.
"...Similarly, if a husband is unable to fulfill the terms of contract, then the wife can break the contract. Everything is based on contract," the RSS chief said.
Speaking on the politics of Asia, he also claimed that China does not want India to progress and take a leading position in Asia.
"You all know that India's border is unsecured and porous. India does not harbour enmity against any country. However, the countries that are against us are trying to weave a web from all sides," Bhagwat said.
"China does not want India to make progress and grow. It does not want India to take a leading position in Asia, while Pakistan is known for its ill-will and enmity (towards India) for no reason," he told a huge congregation of RSS workers at Vivekanandpuram here.
Without naming Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Bhagwat said, "Recently one Pakistani minister visited India and left everybody annoyed."
"There is always a demand to step up vigil along the border. However, there is no preparedness. They keep talking about it in Parliament, but nothing really materialises in this regard. Smuggling of drugs, arms and cattle has been rampant along the border," he said.
Saying that India was facing a number of problems like price rise and unemployment, Bhagwat added, "Even if we conduct marathon sessions in Parliament to discuss the problems in India, the discussion would not be complete."
Alleging that "politics of selfishness" is rampant in the country, Bhagwat said, "We elect the government. But when we want the government to solve our problems, it does not come forward unless it sees some benefit in it."
"Many countries had vanished in a span of 50 years. However, India is surviving despite all odds and problems. No one has got powers to eliminate us...," he said, adding that only Hindutva could save the country from all its woes.
Hailing the contribution of RSS leaders, Bhagwat said politics alone would not solve the problems in the society.
Urging RSS workers, Bhagwat said they should come forward to bring about a positive change in the society and eradicate social evils.
"Society needs heroes, who possess character and strong emotional bond with people and win their confidence to change the society for betterment without selfish interest," the RSS chief said.
"Our Independence came after a lot of struggle...Leaders sit in the Parliament in different groups and oppose each others' ideologies...But society needs brotherhood," he said.