Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is attending the second World Hindu Congress in Chicago, on Friday urged the Hindu community to knit together and work for the betterment of the mankind.
Giving a clarion call to all the Hindus across the world, Bhagwat said though the Hindu society has the largest number of meritorious persons they never come together.
"Coming together of Hindus in itself is a difficult thing," the RSS chief was quoted while addressing a delegation of some 2,500 people at the Hindu sammelan. The conference is inspired by the Hindu principle 'Sumantrite Suvikrante' or 'Think Collectively, Achieve Valiantly'
During his address, Bhagwat also stressed on the sufferings of Hindus, caused by the ignorance of basic principles and spiritualism. The Hindu society will progress and prosper only when it will work as a society. Some organisations or parties working alone will not suffice, Bhagwat added.
Apart from Bhagwat, other eminent personalities, who addressed the gathering were Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, Illinois Lt Gov Evelyn Sanguinetti, SP Kothari, chairperson, organising committee of the World Hindu Congress, Ashwin Adhin, vice president of Suriname and Raju Reddy, vice-chair the WHC.
Participants observed a minute of silence in honour of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and author VS Naipaul, who died in recent times.
The second World Hindu Congress marks the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's historic speech at the Parliament of the World's Religions in 1893 in Chicago.