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RSS misunderstood, maligned: Bhagwat

Author: Pavan Dahat
Publication: The Hindu
Date: June 5, 2015
URL:           http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/understand-the-rss-before-criticizing-%20%20it-mohan-bhagwat/article7283081.ece?homepage=true
 
‘RSS volunteers must work for social brotherhood’
 
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday called upon the critics to understand the RSS before criticizing it.
 
“Many things are said about the RSS without even attempting to understand it. This misinformation reaches our swayamsevaks [volunteers] working in the field. We pity those who don’t understand us. But this spread of misinformation would stop very soon,” Mr. Bhagwat said addressing RSS leaders and volunteers at the concluding ceremony of the RSS’s national level annual 25 day cadre training camp —Truteeya Varsh Sangh Shiksha Varg-2015 — here.
 
Caste divisions
 
Criticising the discrimination and divisions in Indian society on the basis of caste, the RSS chief said “Eyebrows are raised every time someone speaks of Hindu Dharma. It is because of what happened over thousands of years because of these divisions and discriminations. We will have to reform it and give up many things.”
 
Stressing on “complete Hindu unity” Mr.Bhagwat asked the RSS volunteers to work for “social brotherhood” and to take everyone along.
 
For a strong India
 
“The world looks up to India for direction. The RSS works towards building a strong India by building a strong Indian society. Our aim is to build a Samata-Yukt [Equality based], Vishamta-Mukta [discrimination less] and Swarth-hin [Selfless] Indian society,” he added.
 
‘Change felt’
 
Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his government, the RSS chief said a change was being experienced by everyone in India.
 
“India’s prestige is increasing at the world level, but at the same time world’s expectations and hopes from India are also increasing. India is growing because of individuals who are taking the country forward. Our aim should be to build an India which matches these expectations,“ he said.
 

Without mentioning any of India’s neighbouring countries, Mr Bhagwat said that there was always a possibility of change in India’s map. “Our country’s map has been changing. It changed during British rule and before that as well. It can change in future also,” he added.
 
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