live

RSS rally in Guwahati updates: Sangh's strength is not to scare anyone, it is for social causes, Mohan Bhagwat says

The RSS is going to hold a mega rally on Sunday in Guwahati, where more than 33,000 of its members in Sangh uniform will perform yoga

FP Staff January 21, 2018 16:09:57 IST
Auto refresh feeds
RSS rally in Guwahati updates: Sangh's strength is not to scare anyone, it is for social causes, Mohan Bhagwat says

Highlights

12:56 (ist)

Many prominent leaders to be part of event

Eminent politicians, heads of village bodies, 20 titular tribal kings — from the Karbi, Naga, Khasi, Hajong, Tiwa, Garo, Jayantiya, Mising and Hajong communities — and more than 10 chiefs of different satras of Assam will be among the dignitaries attending the rally. (Satras stand for institutional centres associated with Vaishnavism, a sect in Hinduism)

Chandrani Sinha, 101 Reporters

11:10 (ist)

Biggest RSS rally in North East

About 35,000 swayamsevaks (volunteers) from across the North East will converge in Guwahati for the programme. It's for the first time that the Hindu nationalist body is organising an event of this magnitude in the North East. Since 1994, the region has seen RSS gatherings in smaller cities like Dibrugarh and Shillong, but these never witnessed crowds of over 3,000 to 4,000.

By Chandrani Sinha, 101 Reporters

10:49 (ist)

Early history of RSS in North East 

The RSS became operational in the country's North East in the mid-1940s when it set up its first base in undivided Assam, which then comprised the present-day states of Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya. For administrative purposes, the Sangh's northeastern arm is divided into two parts: Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, along with the southern parts of Assam, fall under the Dakshin Assam division. Northern parts of the state, along with Meghalaya and Nagaland, make up the Uttar Assam division.

Chandrani Sinha, 101 Reporters

10:37 (ist)

Nearly 75,000 volunteers expected to attend event, says RSS functionary

Khagen Saikia, a senior RSS volunteer, behind the desk, was busy asking his colleagues if they had had their lunch, aside from responding to various queries. When asked about the kind of attendance expected on Sunday, Saikia said they were expecting over one lakh people in total. Das later confirmed that the number was actually closer to 75,000 with around 35,000 RSS karyakartas in uniform and 40,000 people as part of the audience.

10:35 (ist)

Sangh leaving no stone unturned to ensure it tastes success in North East

Sankar Das, spokesperson for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), calls the organisation's mega rally on Sunday a "test". "This is the largest-ever congregation organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). More than an event, this is actually a test for us," Das said.

LIVE NEWS and UPDATES

Jan 21, 2018 - 15:36 (IST)

Visual from the RSS rally in Guwahati 
 


Images courtesy Rishiraj Bhagawati

Jan 21, 2018 - 15:30 (IST)

"Sangh's strength is not to scare anyone or dominate anybody, it is for social causes," Mohan Bhagwat says 

"The Sangh's strength is not to scare anyone or dominate anybody, it is for social causes. Don't just remain a spectator, as a sympathiser, learn to come down and learn the culture of the Sangh. Mothers and sisters need to send their sons to the Sangh's shakhas and teach them our vision," Mohan Bhagwat says as he ends his speech.    

Input from Chandrani Sinha, 101reporters

Jan 21, 2018 - 15:23 (IST)

"India forgot its enmity with Pakistan, but Pakistan did not forget," says Mohan Bhagwat.
 

Input from Chandrani Sinha, 101reporters

Jan 21, 2018 - 15:08 (IST)

Accept and respect all diversity, RSS chief says 

"Accept and respect all diversity. This is how humanity in this lifetime is accomplished. We have this uniqueness of diversity gifted to us by our motherland," Mohan Bhagwat reiterated at the Guwahati rally. "Sujala suphala malayajashitala..." was how abundant out motherland was, this made us open and broadminded which led us to welcome more and more people...Nature protected us and blessed us with this abundance," he added.  
 


 

Input from Urmi Bhattacharjee, 101reporters

Jan 21, 2018 - 15:04 (IST)

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat talks about values of the Vedic age as modern age technology drives a drone capturing the moment

Input from Rishiraj Bhagawati

Jan 21, 2018 - 14:59 (IST)

Respect diversity to find inner happiness,  Mohan Bhagwat says 

"Our uniqueness lies in diversity or religion and different ways of life...but at the core, our essence is all same. We need to seek happiness within, even the illiterate people in India are wise enough to know this truth that many in the world fails to understand," The RSS chief said at the rally. "There is diversity in the world, respect it and then do darshan of this unity in diversity.. then only will your life be fruitful," he added, advocating the need for unity. 

Jan 21, 2018 - 14:54 (IST)

The audience listens to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat with rapt attention as he begins his speech in Hindi to welcome everyone present at the rally. 

Input from Chandrani Sinha, 101reporters

Jan 21, 2018 - 14:51 (IST)

Struggling world is looking at India for a path towards world peace, Mohan Bhagwat says

"To bring our country back on its feet is the goal of RSS. It is not a selfish or parochial motive. There is a need for it. Around the world, humanity has for the past 2,000 years, tried many things for world peace, But they have failed. They need a new route and India will provide that new path for the people. India has been doing so since millenniums," RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said at the RSS rally in Guwahati. 


"As a nation state, we have the right to give enlightenment for struggling world. The time is ripe for it. It may seem difficult and impossible for some, but with efforts and self-discipline, we can achieve these goals," he added.  

Jan 21, 2018 - 14:42 (IST)

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat begins to address in RSS rally in Guwahati

Jan 21, 2018 - 14:36 (IST)

Assam RSS Secretary Umesh Chakraborty addresses the rally in Guwahati 

Invoking Lachit Borphukan, Umesh Chakraborty says we must protect the soil of Assam and the North East to "save" the region. He asks every citizen to go back to their village once in a while and make sure there is equitable development. 

Latest updates: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has arrived on the stage. After saluting the swayamsevaks, the volunteers began their yoga exercise.  Before his address to the gathering, the Assam unit head Uttam Chakraborty is speaking.

The rally at Khanapara ground has begun with the organisers welcoming leaders from the tribal community in North East region. Not just tribal leaders but people from various fields in Assam have gathered at the venue. Speaking to media, BJP MP Shiladitya Dev said that only RSS can save Assam. On the other hand, veteran actor Pranjal Saikia called Hindutva a "way of life."

Speaking to Firstpost, Assam RSS spokesperson Sankar Das had said that the preparations for the mega event are complete and added that the outfit expects over 40,000 participants on Sunday. The rally is expected to go on for at least two to three hours on Sunday. The volunteers gathered at the ground are likely to sing the song 'Luitporia Hindu ami' (We are Hindus of Brahmaputra).

RSS rally in Guwahati updates Sanghs strength is not to scare anyone it is for social causes Mohan Bhagwat says

File image of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. PTI

RSS swayamsevaks as well as women volunteers have begun to arrive at the Khanapara ground in Guwahati. Final rehearsals are being conducted before RSS Sanghsarchalak Mohan Bhagwat arrives at around 1 pm.

It is for the first time that the RSS will be holding such a big rally in the North East. According to latest reports at least 35,000 volunteers are expected to be at the venue on Sunday. Security has been tightened across the venue ahead of the rally. Preparations for food and water are in full swing while more than 50 women volunteers worked on rangoli to welcome Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat and other leaders.

The RSS will be holding a mega rally on Sunday in Guwahati, where more than 33,000 of its members will be hearing the address by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat.

The Assam unit of the RSS includes some districts of Assam, the entire Nagaland and Meghalaya.

The 'Luitporia Hindu Samabesh' is being organised ahead of the 27 February Assembly elections in Nagaland and Meghalaya.

The BJP is aiming to make further inroads into the northeast after having formed governments in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

"A mega public rally of the RSS's Assam unit will be organised on 21 January in Guwahati. The meeting is expected to be attended by more than one lakh people, including over 33,000 Sangh workers," the Sangh's Assam publicity incharge Shankar Das told PTI.

Sangh members will perform different 'asanas' (exercises) wearing Sangh dress, he said.

Das said over 20,000 families from across the three states have decided to provide five food packets each for distribution during the rally.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Loan moratorium case: Lenders to credit ‘interest on interest’ to borrowers by 5 Nov, Centre tells SC
Business

Loan moratorium case: Lenders to credit ‘interest on interest’ to borrowers by 5 Nov, Centre tells SC

The Ministry of Finance has said that after crediting this amount, the lending institutions would claim reimbursement from the Central government

BJP activist Rajeev Parashar arrested for duping people by promising Assam govt jobs
India

BJP activist Rajeev Parashar arrested for duping people by promising Assam govt jobs

A senior police officer said the BJP member was also allegedly involved in the controversial recruitment in the state Panchayat and Rural Development Department

BJP's COVID-19 vaccine promise in Bihar causes stir; Oxford says trial to continue after death of volunteer
India

BJP's COVID-19 vaccine promise in Bihar causes stir; Oxford says trial to continue after death of volunteer

Active cases of COVID-19 in India have remained below 10 percent of the total caseload for the last three days suggesting that only 1 in 10 cases are active coronavirus patients