Pune: Ratan Tata, the industrialist, once questioned Union Minister Nitin Gadkari if an RSS-run hospital was solely for Hindus, Nitin Gadkari remembered on Thursday.
Gadkari reacted by saying that the RSS does not discriminate against anyone based on their religious beliefs.
“A hospital named for late RSS chief KB Hedgewar was being inaugurated in Aurangabad. I was a minister in the state government then. A senior RSS functionary expressed wish that the hospital be inaugurated by Ratan Tata, and asked me to help,” Mr Gadkari said after inaugurating a hospital in Pune.
When the chat with Tata took place, Gadkari was a minister in Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena-BJP administration. He encouraged the businessman to open the facility by noting Tata Cancer Hospital’s role to delivering cancer care to the country’s impoverished, he claimed.
“Upon reaching the hospital, Tata asked if the hospital is only for people from the Hindu community. I asked him ‘why do you think so’. He immediately replied, ‘because it belongs to the RSS’.
“I told him that the hospital is for all communities, and no such thing (discrimination on the basis of religion) happens in the RSS,” the Union minister said. Tata was happy after Gadkari explained several things to him.