RSS event updates: Mohan Bhagwat says Sangh has no influence on government's policies

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RSS event updates: Mohan Bhagwat says Sangh has no influence on government's policies
  • 18:49 (IST)

    Our vision document aims to benefit everyone: Bhagwat

    "Our vision document will be one which benefits everyone and includes everyone in the development of India," said Mohan Bhagwat.

    "We want a powerful nation so that we can use that power for good," Bhagwat said.

  • 18:42 (IST)

    'We have come to fulfill, not to destroy'

    "After Independence, there were many times when people became hopeful but dark times soon followed. The reason was that there were no leaders then to utilise that hope," Bhagwat said.

    "We have come to fulfill, not to destroy," he added.

  • 18:37 (IST)

    RSS has never done anything against the Constitution: Mohan Bhagwat

    "The RSS accepts the Constitution. There is not even one example in which the RSS has done anything against the Constitution," Bhagwat said.

    "We do not believe that we are the only organisation which will be responsible for the nation's development. We are not arrogant that way," said the RSS chief.

  • 18:34 (IST)

    We do not have any influence on government's policies: Bhagwat

  • 18:30 (IST)

    Constitution is consensus of the country: Mohan Bhagwat

    "The Constitution is the consensus of our country. Following the Constitution is everyone's duty," said Mohan Bhagwat.

    "We never ask swayamsevaks (volunteer) to work for particular party, we do ask them to back those working in national interest," he also said.

  • 18:25 (IST)

    Dharma not confined to geography: Mohan Bhagwat

  • 18:23 (IST)

    Entire society is Hindu society: Mohan Bhagwat

    "Some people know they are Hindus but they are not willing to accept it because of political correctness," Mohan Bhagwat said.

    "According to us, this entire society is a Hindu society. We have no enemies, neither in the country nor outside it," he further said.

    "We do not want to finish our enemies. We want to take them along with us," he added.

  • 18:16 (IST)

    "RSS works for social change"

     
    Mohan Bhagwat says that the Sangh works to change society and not for political gain.

  • 18:14 (IST)

    'We respect diversity'

    RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says the RSS respects diversity and believes in the philosophy of "walk on your own path".

  • 18:12 (IST)

    "RSS keeps away from politics"

    "RSS keeps away from politics but has views on issues of national interests," says Mohan Bhagwat.

RSS event latest updates: The RSS chief claimed that the organisation did not influence government's policies at all. Mohan Bhagwat said that the Constitution was the consensus of the country.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday began the second leg of his three-day lecture series at Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan, where the organisation is holding a conclave titled "Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective". With the central theme of 'Hindutva', the RSS aims to allay apprehensions about the group's ideology through this event.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the RSS conclave in Delhi. Image courtesy: Screengrab from YouTube

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the RSS conclave in Delhi. Image courtesy: Screengrab from YouTube

On day one of the conclave, which saw politicians, actors, artistes and other known personalities in attendance, Bhagwat explained that the RSS does not seek domination and is indifferent towards who comes to power. He is expected to speak on the RSS' perspective on various issues of national importance on Tuesday, including the Ayodhya disoute.

In his near 80-minute-long speech on the first day of the conclave, Bhagwat asserted that the RSS is the "most democratic" organisation and is not dictatorial. He insisted that it neither imposes its ideology nor remote-controls its various affiliates, rejecting criticism that it controls the BJP.

Nearly all major Opposition parties gave the "Bhavishya Ka Bharat: An RSS Perspective" conclave, though the RSS had invited them. Several Opposition leaders, including many from the Congress, said they did not get an invite and would not have attended the conclave even if they did. They alleged that the conclave was a "pre-election agenda" to project that the outfit is "neither untouchable nor hated".

"The Sangh is the most democratic organisation. We run by consensus. Here, every worker can express his views. There are no restrictions... We have started our work to make a certain kind of people and society and we do not want anything else," he said.

"People often believe that the RSS is a dictatorial organisation and that one man decides everything... If you want to see the most open organisation, then you should come to the Sangh. There is no restriction. An RSS worker conducts himself in line with the values given to him by organisation."

The mega outreach programme comes at a time when the Congress-led Opposition has been ramping up attacks on the RSS, accusing it of promoting a divisive ideology and attacking minority communities. It is interesting that the 68-year-old RSS chief talked about various ideologies that worked together during the freedom movement and acknowledged the role of the Congress, even though it is among the organisation's biggest critics.


Updated Date: Sep 18, 2018 19:22 PM

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