A file photo of Ram Madhav. Photo: Hindustan Times
A file photo of Ram Madhav. Photo: Hindustan Times

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh will reunite one day: BJP’s Ram Madhav

The three nations will come together through 'popular goodwill' to form 'Akhand Bharat' says BJP general secretary

New Delhi: Ram Madhav, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary, has said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP’s ideological parent, believes that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will one day reunite again not by war but through “popular goodwill", comments that were made public on the night Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise stopover in Lahore for a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

“The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh still believes that one day these parts, which have for historical reasons separated only 60 years ago, will again, through popular goodwill, come together and Akhand Bharat will be created," he told the Al Jazeera TV channel. “As an RSS member, I also hold on to that view."

He, however, clarified that it “does not mean we wage war on any country... we annex any country. Without war, through popular consent, it can happen."

The programme containing Madhav’s comments was apparently recorded in London before Prime Minister Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan on Christmas day, when he met Sharif and discussed ways of improving ties between the two countries. The programme was aired late on Friday night.