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RSS won't influence Modi govt's decisions: Bhagwat

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 05, 2013
First Published: 00:39 IST(5/11/2013) | Last Updated: 13:20 IST(5/11/2013)

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that the BJP’s ideological parent will neither interfere in Narendra Modi’s campaign for the 2014 elections nor will influence his government’s policies if he becomes prime minister.

In an interaction with leading industrialists, retired bureaucrats and armed forces personnel, former intelligence chiefs and authors, Bhagwat  said, “We travel all across the country and interact directly with people on the ground. Our job is only to convey to Modi what people are saying. Our job is not to implement policy decisions. That we leave to those elected by the people.” He assured that RSS will not play the role of a backseat driver.

He also said the RSS was not opposed to liberalisation, privatisation and FDI but did not support foreign investment at the expense of small domestic manufacturers.

The RSS chief was quoted as saying by a participant that “we have a vision but there is a reality about the way global trade and commerce is being organised at this time. Our view also evolves over time. But there is a need for balance. While FDI in some sectors is okay, why kill small traders?  If something can be done by small industry, why do we need big industrialists for that?”

Bhagwat said, “If you can produce anything in India, there is no need to import it. If something is not made in India then getting it from abroad is okay. But the trade should be on your terms and conditions. Big MNC’s should not be dictating terms to the government.’

Bhagwat also opposed foreign investment in education. “Education should not be commercialised. When foreign universities come in they start thinking of earning dollars. We cannot have content without culture. We must promote our own teaching practices without blindly chasing the West.”

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