STUNG ONCE, BHAGWAT SAYS HE NOW AVOIDS SPEAKING ON QUOTA ISSUES

Mohan Bhagwat
Mohan Bhagwat

NAGPUR (TIP): “Kuchh karne jao to virodh karne wale bahot hote hain, (if you set out to to do something, you often meet stiff resistance),” said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here on June 23, indirectly referring to the hue and cry over his pre-Bihar election interview in which he spoke of the need to check if the benefits of reservations were reaching the poor.

Bhagwat was addressing a convention of Matang community here on Thursday. Matangs are a backward community seeking reservation. “Now I avoid speaking on the issue,” said the RSS chief ruefully. “RSS does not run the government, nor does it interfere in its working. But the Prime Minister and the chief minister (of Maharashtra) are swayamsevaks and I hope they will help you,” he said, while assuring Matangs that if he gets a chance, he would take up the community’s demand for quota with them.

The Sarsanghachalak said RSS was relentlessly working towards building an egalitarian society. “There should be no discrimination among Hindus and none should be barred from entering a temple, the water resources and crematorium should be common for all… In the Sangh, we train swayamsevaks in such a way that they see only a Hindu and not caste and community,” Bhagwat said. “Had the faith been weak, it would have been wiped out by now. It is only our indifference that creates barriers and encourages conversions,” he said.

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