Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday launched an unprecedented outreach in a bid to allay apprehensions about its ideology. He spoke extensively about the Sangh’s organisation, ideology and programmes.
The lecture, which is a part of the three-day ‘Future of India’ event being held at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan, was attended by representatives from different sections of society, including academia, business and the film industry.
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RSS: Its Aims and Functions
Bhagwat quoted Hedgewar to say that the organisation aims to unite all Hindus. It can be done only by bringing about changes in the society.
‘Man making’ or ‘vyakti nirman’ as Bhagwat put it, is fundamental to that change.
But how does the RSS define Hindus? Hindus, despite India’s diversity are defined by a certain set of values imbibed by its people, said Bhagwat, which are, sacrifice, patience, corporation and gratitude.
“One finds the same set of beliefs in the value system in people in India even if they are followers of Islam and Christianity, the religion that have their roots outside India,” he added.
On RSS Flag
There has been a lot of controversy regarding RSS’s stand on the National Flag. Congress President Rahul Gandhi last year had accused the Sangh of “saluting the saffron flag and not the National Flag” for 52 years after Independence.
Bhagwat in the first part of his lecture sought to explain the Sangh’s position on the saffron flag and said that RSS swayamsevaks offer “guru dakshina” every year to the “bhagwa dhwaja”. The organisation runs on the donations thus collected. Then citing an incident in Jalan in Maharashtra, Bhagwat narrated how a Swayamsevak climbed up the mast when tricolour that was being hoisted by Jawaharlal Nehru at a Congress function got stuck. The RSS has always respected the National Flag, Bhagwat clarified.
On participation of Women in RSS
RSS has a women’s wing, the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti. It was set up before Independence, Bhagwat sought to clarify on allegations that the Sangh is a misogynistic organisation.
“Our mothers and sisters, wherever they are, continue to contribute to the work done by the RSS,” Bhagwat said.
RSS is the Most Democratic Organisation
Calling RSS the most democratic organisation, Bhagwat narrated how he was questioned by a young swayamsewak for not attending the shakha in Nagpur where Bhagwat is enrolled as a member.
“I had to explain to the boy that I had been travelling and hence could not attend,” said Bhagwat.
RSS Affiliates not Remote Controlled
Speaking at the event aimed at reaching out to the masses, Bhagwat explained the workings of the RSS and its affiliates. This was in regard to the questions raised on how RSS remote controls the BJP and the government.
Bhagwat insisted that its affiliates are independent and the coordination committee meetings of its fronts are basically to discuss and debate issues in the public domain.
“Who will be in power, what policy the country will accept is something to be decided by the society and people. There are mechanisms in place for that… We are not concerned about that, what we are concerned about is the conduct of the society,” Bhagwat said.
Not concerned with who will be in power
Bhagwat said that the organisation, considered as the ruling BJP’s ideological mentor, is not concerned by who will be in power.
“Who will be in power, what policy the country will accept is something to be decided by the society and people. There are mechanisms in place for that… We are not concerned about that, what we are concerned about is the conduct of the society,” he said, adding that the Sangh does not believe in publicising an individual’s work and wants to remain faceless.
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Source- News18, NDTV, IndiaTV