RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

India’s diversity should not be a reason for discord: Mohan Bhagwat

People who oppose the RSS are also our own, as it does not oppose anyone, Bhagwat argued on the first day of a three-day outreach programme, the first-of-its-kind

New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) sarsanghchalak or chief, Mohan Bhagwat, on Monday described it as the most democratic organization and said it was working on a methodology to build ideal citizens.

People who oppose the RSS are also “our own", as it does not oppose anyone, Bhagwat argued on the first day of a three-day outreach programme, the first-of-its-kind.

There should be no distinction in society on the basis of caste and instead there should be equality and a sense of selflessness in society, Bhagwat said in the first ever outreach programme. The RSS is the ideological parent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I am not trying to convince you. It is your right to form your own opinion, but we hope that the interaction will help people understand the RSS better. The RSS is a methodology to create ideal citizens who can work for everyone in the country without any bias or difference," Bhagwat said at the interactive session of the programme for which more than 1,100 people were invited.

The RSS chief explained that the ideology does not oppose anyone as consensus building was the basic nature of the organization and all decisions in the RSS were taken after several rounds of debates and discussions.

There is criticism that the RSS functions as a remote control, but this is incorrect as there was no remote control in the organization, he said.

“Sometimes people say that the RSS is dictatorial or there is a remote control. We hold samanvaya (consensus) building meetings because RSS is a big organization and people from different areas and walks of life who are all working in their own way for the country are part of it," he said.

Bhagwat said that an ideal member of the RSS does not differentiate between people and works for the entire society. “Live and let live is among the core values of the RSS. The value system in the country and society is also reflected in the RSS," he said.

Ideal citizens create systems that can work for the development of the country and society, Bhagwat said. “When RSS was formed, there were only 21 or 22 members. But an ideal swayamsevak is one who has no biases and works for the upliftment of everyone in the society. We do not want to start an organization that works outside the society, but RSS works to organise the entire society," he said.

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