Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat rubbished allegations of Sangh’s interference in the administration’s work, saying that holding meetings with leaders and discussing various issues with them is not “sharing in power”. He insisted that these allegations were made by the media. During an interaction with enlightened people in Udaipur, Bhagwat said, “Sangh’s participation in power is misleading and generated by the media.”
He said that if RSS volunteers meet leaders and discuss various issues, it should not be seen as sharing in power. Quoting Bhagwat, a release issued by the Sangh said, “Governments including communists also take the cooperation of the volunteers of the Sangh in many works.”
The RSS chief made this remark in response to a question asked during a conference of intellectuals. He said that the volunteers of the Sangh work for the goal of nation building through character building of the people. Referring to Sangh founder K B Hedgewar, Bhagwat said that he always used to say that the organization of Hindu society can solve all the problems of the country.
“Hindu ideology is the ideology of peace and truth. We are not Hindu like campaigns are being run with the aim of weakening the country and society. Wherever the population of Hindus decreased, there was a problem. Responding to a question on the problems faced by Sangh workers in Kerala and West Bengal, he said that the society is suffering from what the volunteers are also suffering from. Bhagwat also said that the volunteers are not going to run away in fear.
On the question of a non-discriminatory society, Bhagwat said that in the Sangh’s shakhas, people are taught not to discriminate. We are Hindus and this is what is taught in the Shakha. Therefore, there is no atmosphere of discrimination in the Sangh, he added. Volunteers try to establish this ideal in their personal lives as well.