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Letters from India
When RSS Chief Bhagwat Articulates Agendas
By Nava Thakuria
Special Correspondent
RSS chief Bhagwat
Every year, it is ritual for the Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to address its affiliates and well-wishers on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami Utsav, which is the birthday of the nearly hundred years old organisation. The Sarsanghchalak’s public address precisely highlights a broad road map for the coming days, which its millions of followers eagerly await.

Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, whose speech (in Hindi) on Oct. 15, 2021 was telecast live by many news-channels of India from the RSS headquarter in Nagpur of Maharashtra and was also made available through digital platforms by various organs linked to the rightist organisation, highlighted a range of relevant issues concerning citizens of the billion plus south Asian nation.

A composed RSS chief advocated for a unified, strong and well-informed society with a national character to assert its voices before the orld communities. Even to establish the truth and peace, often trength becomes necessary, Bhagwat stated adding that by becoming strong & fearless, India has to create a Hindu society that epitomises the principle ‘Neither do I threaten anyone, nor do I know any fear myself’.

The Sarsanghchalak emphasized to create an organised Hindu society so that the mainstream value system of Bharat (India) would be able to withstand various threats with its social strength, confidence and fearless spirit. It is the responsibility of all those, who claim to be Hindus, to erect a stellar example of Hindu view-of-life with their conducts in personal, social and professional domains.

Speaking about India’s 75th year of freedom from foreign rule, Bhagwat highlighted, “We took the reins of the chariot of our nation in our own hands to take it forward. That marked the starting point of our journey from Swadheenata (independence/self-rule) to Swatantrata (self-model of governance).” He however reminded the people that India did not gain freedom overnight.

With the essence of Bharat as the basis, bearing similar images of what the independent country would look like, several freedom fighters belonging to distinct castes and communities and from different regions of this landmass made noble sacrifices and penances for the cause, clarified Bhagwat adding that the society too, alongside these brave souls, bore the sting of slavery as one unified unit.

Only then all paths from non-violent movements to armed rebellions would culminate into the ultimate destination of independence, asserted Bhagwat adding that the entire society, especially the younger generation, should take cognisance of this history,understands, and remembers it.

The Sarsanghchalak clarified that it’s not time to harbour feelings of animosity towards anyone. Paying tributes to Guru Teg Bahadur on the occasion of 400th Prakash Parva, Bhagwat narrated the ‘Hind Ki Chadar’ was targeted for his efforts to reinstate the cultural norms of the land (freedom of religion and practice of one’s beliefs without the fear of persecution) and finally martyred for standing up against religious bigotry that was much in prevalence during those days.

He cautioned that a systematic effort is underway to confuse the world and even the citizens of the country, throug misrepresentation and propagandas against the real history of Bharat, its culture and various socio-cultural groups, which are tirelessly working for the national rejuvenation of Bharat. The crooked minds are up to their same old tricks and search for newer avenues to further their misdeeds, Bhagwat pointed out.

At the same time, Bhagwat expressed concerns over the arrival ofdifferent unregulated platforms like the OTT which are open to everyone’s indiscriminate consumption. In the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, online education was to be introduced and now school-going children are hooked on mobile phones as a rule.

But in absence of prudence and a regulatory framework, it is still difficult to predict in which way or to what extent, the emerging phenomenon of contacts affects the society.Mentioning about the probable third wave of novel coronavirus disaster, the Sarsanghchalak commented that the Indian society through its collective efforts exemplified resilience.

The second wave was more destructive and it did not spare even many young people, he opined appreciating the efforts of all professionals who selflessly dedicated in the service of humankind despite serious health hazards posed by the infection. “The danger continues to loom on our horizon. Our battle with coronavirus is yet to be over, however we are more or less prepared to face the third wave as vaccines have been administered en-masse.

The society at large is vigilant and Sangh Swayamsevaks along with several other righteous people & organisations have trained the workers to support in case of any emergency,” stated Bhagwat. He also observed that the pandemic reinforced the usefulness of Indian traditional knowledge systems. The people experienced the efficacy of our traditional lifestyle practices and Ayurvedic medicinal system in fighting and tackling the corona problem. In a geographically vast and densely populated country like India, the need to reimagine the healthcare, which is not just from a preventive but also from a wellness point of view, becomes an important aspect.

Bhagwat also highlighted the issue of rapid population growth in the country and commented that ‘this challenge must be duly considered’. He cited a resolution which was passed on the burning issue during the RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meeting at Ranchi in 2015,where it highlighted various challenges of imbalance in the population growth rate along with the steps to be taken to control the population.

Raising the issue of abrupt growth-rates of Muslim families in bordering localities of Assam and West Bengal, the RSS chief indicated towards an unabated infiltration from Bangladesh. He also
cited the Upamanyu Hazarika commission appointed by the Supreme Court and several judicial pronouncements from time to time, which corroborated the facts. Pointing out that the infiltrators are usurping the rights of indigenous citizens and slowly becoming a heavy burden on local resources, Bhagwat stated they are creating socio-cultural, political and economic tensions.

Bhagwat supported the move to curb the illegal infiltration from across the borders and prepare a National Register of Citizens to prevent these infiltrators from acquiring citizenship-rights and later purchasing lands. He mentioned that in the present circumstance, news relating to persecution of native Hindus, growing criminalisation and pressure on them to escape their inhabited areas after an imbalanced population growth took place, also surface.

The uprising of Taliban forces in Afghanistan and its impacts on India were also included in his speech, where the RSS supremo declared that the predisposition like passionate fanaticism, tyranny & terrorism in the name of Islam is sufficient enough to make everyone apprehensive about the militia. Taliban has, time and again, alternated between Kashmir and the peace talks with the government simultaneously. “This is an indicator that we cannot retire in complacency. Our military preparedness on the borders needs to be alert and sound on all ends and at all times,” stated Bhagwat adding, in such a situation the internal security and stability of India must be secured by the government and society with caution and vigilances.

Finally, the Sarsanghchalak emphasized on real understanding and knowledge about the immortal essence of Sanatan Rashtra flowing from the ancient times with the collective consciousness in the society.Bhagwat reiterated that it is Sanatan Hindu culture, which integrates varied linguistic, religious and regional traditions into a comprehensive unit to promote mutual cooperation while accepting and honouring all as equal with identical opportunities for growth. “All Bhartvasis, including members of those communities whose religions have emigrated from outside, will need to understand that besides the differences in our spiritual beliefs and methods of worship, we are all inheritors of a common eternal civilisation, culture and ancestry,” pronounced Bhagwat adding ‘this unique inheritance is the very ground of our religious freedom and every person is free to choose a way of worship he/she deems suitable for oneself’.



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Nava Thakuria, who serves as a special correspondent for The Seoul Times, is based in Guwahati of Northeast India. He also contributes articles for many media outlets based in different parts of the glove, and can be contacted at navathakuria@gmail.com

 

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