“The nation can be strengthened only by making it Sanghmay (RSS-ised),” said RSS chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat.
At a gathering of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteers here on Friday, where Bhagwat performed Shstra Poojan (weapons worship) on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagwat virtually wrote off the role of politics as a means of building nation.
Bhagwat’s comment comes in the wake of the serious infighting surfacing in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), RSS’s political wing. BJP president Rajnath Singh was part of the audience.
Bhagwat said, “Without contesting a single election, the RSS has acquired Swaamitva (hegemony) over society. It is the only experiment in independent India that has constantly enhanced the nation’s fame and prestige.”
The message is clear: the RSS, rather than political parties, will eventually make India stand up to “imperialist neighbours like China and Pakistan”. He said, “Our neighbours are increasingly coming under Chinese influence, which is a matter of concern,” he said.
Though there was no mention of any political party, the few references to politics were far from charitable. He said, “Jati, mat, bhasha, sampradaya ke bhedon par rajnaitic swaarth ki roti sekne walon ko samajhna hoga (We have to understand those who play opportunistic politics, using caste, ideology, language and community).”
Bhagwat justified Shstra Poojan thus: “Without shakti (strength), truth does not have recognition in the world. Weapons are symbolic of Shakti.”
Declaring that “Hindusthan” was a Hindu Rashtra (nation), he said, “Hindutva is the only solution to the world’s problems, and India needs to play vishwa guru (world teacher)."