New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) sarsanghchalakh Mohan Bhagwat said the Sangh cannot be bracketed into any ideology as does not believe in any ‘ism’ and is not represented by any book, including one authored by its second Sarsanghchalak MS Golwalkar.
“It is wrong to call or describe anything as Sangh’s ideology. Sangh founder Hedgewar did not ever say he can fully understand the Sangh. After having been the sarsangachalak for so long, Guruji said I may have begun to understand the Sangh,” he said.
The RSS chief was speaking at the launch of a book, “RSS, a roadmap for the 21st century”, authored by Sunil Ambekar”, a top functionary of the outfit’s students’ wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
He categorically said there is no RSS idealogue though some people might be appearing on different media platform in this capacity and said Lord Hanuman, Maratha king Shivaji and Hedgewar are “our role models”.
Also, Bhagwat said, “RSS does not believe in ism” and “cannot be represented by any book including the Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts'”. However, he added that Sangh considers as its own even those who do not call themselves Hindus but consider themselves Indians.
About RSS’s role in society, Bhagwat said the basic purpose is to change the person. It is not like the Sangh does everything or it did everything.
Remembering an event from Hedgewar’s life Bhagwat said, “The point of changing society was brought up even in the past. At that time, Hedgewar had said till the time there is even one person to say Bharat is his land and he is a Hindu, Bharat will remain a Hindu Rashtra.”
Praising the book, he said there are certain expressions and words used in the Sangh, which do not have an equivalent in foreign languages. So the book is a commendable effort in introducing the values of the Sangh and its vision and can be a ready reckoner for the volunteers, he added.
Former chief justice of India KG Balakrishnan and FICCI president Sandip Somany were guests of honour at Tuesday’s event.