India’s diversity should not be a reason for discord, says RSS chief

PTI New Delhi | Updated on September 17, 2018 Published on September 17, 2018

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the event titled "Future of Bharat: An RSS perspective" in New Delhi, on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.   -  PTI

India’s diversity must be respected, celebrated and it should not be a reason for any discord in society, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said Monday, launching an unprecedented outreach to make the organisation better understood.

On the first day of the three-day conclave “Bhavishya Ka Bharat — A RSS Perspective”, he elaborated on evolution of the RSS, which he said cannot be compared to any other organisation.

Almost all major opposition parties gave the conclave a miss though the RSS had invited them. However, many leaders of the ruling BJP were present, as were many Bollywood actors, artists and academicians.

“India is a country full of diversity and it must be respected and celebrated,” he said, adding that it should not become a reason for “discord” in the society. The outreach comes at a time when the Congress-led opposition has been ramping up attacks on the RSS, accusing it of promoting divisive ideology and attacking minorities.

In his around 80-minute speech, Bhagwat spoke on a variety of issues, including the freedom movement, and acknowledged the role of the Congress, which has been among the organisation’s biggest critics.

Published on September 17, 2018
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