Hyderabad: A senior RSS functionary of RSS, Indresh Kumar, launched SC/ST Rashtriya Manch (SRM) in Hyderabad on Sunday. The new outfit will work to further social harmony and unity in society, he said.

Speaking on the occasion Indresh Kumar said India was one and will remain one. "All Indians are one. Our nation is our identity. We may have many religions, castes, creeds, sub-sects, beliefs, customs, traditions, languages, and dialects, but we all are the children of Bharath mata. She is our mother," he said.

He said that untouchability and minoritism are like cancer and practicing them is a sin and a crime. "According to the UN , when people of a particular group are less than 3% of the population, they are considered minorities. If they exceed that percentage, they are the citizens of the nation. I wonder why and how some Muslim and Christian leaders claim to be minorities. They are the citizens of the nation. They are like any other citizens," Mr. Kumar, the National Executive Committee member of RSS, said.

Referring to AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi claiming to have separate DNA which is different from other Indians, the senior RSS leader said that he had asked Mr. Owaisi earlier to go back and check his ancestors and parampara (customs) if he thought his DNA was different. He claimed that the AIMIM leader was quiet and did not respond. "We all have common ancestors. We all are one and we are Indians," he said again and added, "If Asaduddin Owaisi feels that he has different DNA, he must go to such a mulk (country/land), which matches his DNA."

Mr. Kumar also launched two books on the occasion on democracy and tribal education.

The SC/ST Rashtriya Munch is a national NGO. The national convenor of SRM, Dr. Bonthu Kotaiah, said that it will soon be launched in other parts of India, too.

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