Chinese president Xi Jinping’s recent statement—“Islam in China must be Chinese in orientation”—has made me remember the words of Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief from 2009. Bhagwat said: “Everything can be negotiated, except the Hindu Rashtra.” (Understanding RSS, by Rakesh Sinha, page 119).
Bhagwat and Jinping are making good political arguments. I believe that a nation’s culture and political interests are nonnegotiable. All religions in a nation have to be nationalistic in orientation. A nation cannot have peace, stability, and progress unless people of all religions identify with a common culture.