New Delhi: A day after his birthday on September 11, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed a gathering of 52 diplomats from various countries at an event by India Foundation yesterday.
In the interactive session with diplomats at a breakfast meeting organised by a thinktank, where one of the diplomats asked ‘Does RSS Control Government?’. to which Mohan Bhagwat said that the Sangh does not support trolling on the internet and works on the basis of “no discrimination and oneness of the nation”.
“Trolling amounts to hitting below the belt. We do not support those who display such aggressive nature. We do not support trolling and aggressive behavior on the net,” Bhagwat was quoted in a series of tweets posted by Prasar Bharti Chairman A Surya Prakash who was present at the event.
He told the diplomats that RSS runs 1.70 lakh service projects in various fields, including health, education, rural development, and invited them to visit these projects.
Hinduness is about “accepting others as they are” and “Hinduness is the ever-changing quality of Hinduism”, said the RSS chief, according to a source who attended the session. His comments come in the backdrop of BJP and Sangh being accused of encouraging right-wing extremists like cow vigilantes and the saffron parivar claiming that it is being targeted selectively by political opponents.
But Bhagwat’s remarks that Hinduness is not about setting down dress and food codes, coming after PM Narendra Modi’s repeated warnings that vigilantism is unacceptable, mark out the Sangh’s official position and should be a marker for Hindutva outfits like VHP and Bajrang Dal.
On relationship with the BJP, the RSS chief reiterated that the Sangh does not interfere in the party’s affairs.
“Sangh does not run BJP; BJP does not run Sangh. As Swayamsevaks we consult and exchange notes but independent in functioning,” said BJP national General Secretary Ram Madhav in a tweet quoting the RSS chief.
Madhav, who is in-charge of media and public relations of the RSS for a number of years before moving to the BJP, is a director of the India Foundation along with Mr Prakash.
With PTI inputs