Speaking on the second day of the three-day lecture series on ‘Bharat of future: An RSS perspective’ in New Delhi, Mohan Bhagwat sought to clarify that the RSS is not anti-minorities and doesn’t propose to change the framework of the Constitution, as is often alleged by the Opposition, .
“We think everyone must abide by the Constitution…The RSS has never gone against the Constitution. (Sure), The words secular and socialist were added later, but now they are there,” he said. The RSS is the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
There Can Be No Hindutva Without Muslims
Speaking at length on the issue of Hindutva, as defined by the Sangh, Bhagwat said the concept of a Hindu Rashtra or Hindu nation does not rest on segregation or rejection of any community or faith. “Hindu Rashtra doesn’t mean there’s no place for Muslims. The day it becomes so, it won’t be Hindutva. Hindutva talks about one world family,” Bhagwat said. He also channelled BR Ambedkar to say, “our perspective towards religion is that it is based on values.”
Mohan Bhagwat also tackled Rahul Gandhi’s recent comparison of the RSS with the Muslim Brotherhood. “The Sangh talks of a global brotherhood. This brotherhood envisages unity in diversity. This is the tradition of Hindutva. That’s why we call it a Hindu Rashtra,” he said, without referring to the Congress president.
Mr Bhagwat also said the aim of the Sangh was to unite the entire society. “Since the birth of the Sangh, it has decided to stay away from politics. It will neither contest elections, nor participate in electoral politics. RSS functionaries cannot be office bearers of a political party,” he said.
‘Allergic to politics’
Mr Bhagwat also sought to distance the organisation from any political role saying the Sangh has views on national issues but does not interfere in the government’s functioning.
“Often people make this speculation that a call from Nagpur (RSS headquarters) must be behind a particular decision (of the government). This is all baseless. All those working (in the government) are seniors and they are far more experienced in politics than us,” said the RSS chief, asserting that “They are our Swayamsevaks, but are capable of doing their job.”
In a three-day outreach event, RSS chief has also presented clarification on issues such as the absence of women in the “cultural” organisation, respect for the national flag and on its “social service activities”.
Bhagwat was also heard praising the Congress, which has time and again attacked RSS for its ideologies, for its important role in India’s freedom movement.
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Source- IndianExpress, NDTV, IndiaTV, HT