RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, often referred to as the "sarsanghchalak" by Sangh cadres, frequently engages with professionals and intellectuals at the conclusion of his visits.
Lucknow: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat emphasized the Sangh’s commitment to inclusivity and its willingness to engage with those who oppose its views in the pursuit of nation-building. Speaking on the concluding day of his three-day visit to Awadh Prant, Bhagwat also stressed the importance of ensuring that criticism does not harm the organization.
“We aim to bring everyone together because the goal of nation-building is a shared one. Therefore, those who hold opposing views are also welcome. However, we will take precautions to ensure that criticism does not adversely affect us,” Bhagwat stated during an interaction with professionals and intellectuals.
Bhagwat, often referred to as the “sarsanghchalak” by Sangh cadres, frequently engages with professionals and intellectuals at the conclusion of his visits.
He further expressed, “We do not seek recognition for all that is good. Our interest lies not in history acknowledging the RSS as shapers of the nation but rather in history recording that a generation dedicated to nation-building arrived and transformed the country into a ‘vishwa guru‘ through their talent.”
A spokesperson for the RSS elaborated on Bhagwat’s message, highlighting the presence of individuals with RSS affiliations across various political parties. “The RSS does not restrict anyone from choosing their path as it prioritizes the nation’s welfare. Therefore, individuals from diverse backgrounds, including different political parties, have connections with the RSS,” the spokesperson noted, citing the example of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s attendance at an RSS event in Nagpur in 2018.
During his visit, Bhagwat met with several top BJP leaders, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior government officials. He directed RSS cadres to reach out to Dalits and marginalized communities, setting the agenda for the Sangh. In response, the BJP is planning a campaign to connect with these communities.
Bhagwat also urged cadres to intensify efforts against issues such as ‘land jihad’ (a term used to describe the occupation of vacant lands for mausoleums or graves) and ‘love jihad’ (a term associated with alleged efforts to deceive Hindu women by Muslim individuals). Additionally, he encouraged expanding the reach of RSS activities in previously unexplored areas, especially in rural regions.