New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat’s speech on the 91st foundation day (every year commemorated on Dussehra at Sangh headquarters in Nagpur) touched upon various issues ranging from cow vigilantes to Kashmir and on the performance of the Narendra Modi government. RSS sarsanghachalak’s speech serves as the guiding vision for its cadres across the country. This year the sangh has made a landmark decision to ditch its khaki shorts for trousers and also added a sweater in its winter dress. The raison d’etre for a new dress code has reportedly been made to connect with the youth. Overall, the RSS has made five changes in its uniform since its formation in 1925, as Mint reports.
Here are the key takeaways from Bhagwat’s speech translated from Hindi:
On Modi government: This government has created hope among the population. India is developing and we hope our country will make its mark one day. This kind of a regime was needed to take on those who don’t want to see India’s progress. The same forces are helped by a few who want to serve their own narrow interests.
On the role of opposition: Some sections of our polity are attempting to blow small incidents out of proportion. Oppose not for the sake of opposition. Political parties should not cross limits and ensure that people are not pitted against each other. Media should also be careful in not to create divisions in the society.
On cow vigilantes: Many pious people, saints and communities like Jains are involved in gau raksha. They are good people. But they should work under the law and Constitution as provided in the Directive Principles. These laws were not made by the current regime. And all states have laws to prevent cruelty against animals. Gau Rakshaks have to launch agitation at times to save cows and to implement these laws. They should do it within the ambit of law. The administration should ensure it, but they don’t, which is why incidents happen sometimes. The administration should be careful to differentiate between real Gau rakshaks from the fake ones.
On Kashmir situation: Kashmir situation is a cause for concern. The government’s statement that Kashmir is an integral part of India, including Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is encouraging. But, such statements should also reflect in action. The violence in Kashmir is limited to a very limited area. The entire areas of Jammu and Ladakh are unaffected and the government should promote nationalism there. Those involved in violence should be dealt sternly and that will come only when both the Centre and the state government are on the same page.
On Centre-state ties: State and central governments should have better coordination. Where goes the money on development works? The citizens feel they don’t receive anything from the government. There is a need to ensure greater transparency in administration. Our party’s (BJP) state governments should create an atmosphere of hope.
On surgical strikes: We all know who is inciting violence and anti-national elements in Kashmir. And they were given a fitting reply by our government. I congratulate the army for the operations under the leadership of government. Our country’s stature has increased after the attack. Even the perpetrators got a strong message. I congratulate the government for its diplomatic offensive. We need more such efforts. At the same time, a moment of laxity could cost us dear on the border. It is not easy to defend a border created artificially. That is why our border forces should be prepared and well coordinated. We also need to ponder how terrorists and anti-national elements can cross into our borders. Who supports them and ignores their activities. They should be uprooted from our country and the central government here needs the support of state government.
On Indian society: All parties should work or do politics within a moral code which should not be above the national interest. They should not foment divisions in society. There should be an emotional integration as the Constitution says. We have not been able to erase all divisions from our society. The society should also be made responsible and this is where reforms and changes in the education sector are required.