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I would like it if politics based on caste and religion did not exist, says RSS chief to Mumbai bizmen

Mohan Bhagwat was speaking at the Bombay Stock Exchange on ethics in business

mumbai Updated: Jan 25, 2018 21:53 IST
Eeshanpriya MS
Eeshanpriya MS
Hindustan Times
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat(HT file photo)

The chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat, on Thursday, said that vote bank politics will continue in India as long as society votes on the basis of religion and caste.

“I would like it if politics based on caste or religion did not exist, but it is not true. It is there because society votes on this basis. Political change will happen only if there is social change,” Bhagwat said while speaking on ‘Ethics in Business’ at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai. The RSS is regarded as a Hindu nationalist organization and is the ideological fountainhead of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“It is inevitable that all governments have to adapt to the pressure of their subjects. The Prime Minister suggests development, he meets opposition,” he said . However, he said the Indian society has an intelligent consciousness, and it learns rapidly from its mistakes. He added, “Results of every consecutive election in the past few years is proof that the society is learning to make the right choice. With the right kind of push, it will learn faster.”

Commenting on the religious freedom available to Indians, Bhagwat said every Indian is free to practice the religion that appeals to him as all Indians have the same “dharma” (ethics). The Opposition has been accusing RSS-affiliated organisations of targeting minorities over the issue of religion.

Accompanying Bhagwat at the talk, were managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the BSE -Ashishkumar Chauhan, and founder CEO of Tata Consultancy Services - Dr Lalit Kanodia. Addressing the gathering of businessmen, Bhagwat said, under the ideal kind of governance, business should not have political interference. He said, “Even without government control, Indian businesses will still be governed by ethics.” He added that India must teach the world to function ethically and India needs to reclaim its number one position. “I don’t claim RSS is doing that but RSS is aiding the youth to do so,” he said.

Bhagwat said there are no ethical practices left in the world. “In India, we think of things as fair and unfair, whether it is in love or in war. This is the reason so many countries trust India and do business with us,” he said. He further said there is no place for luxury in the Indian lifestyle as luxury, repute, and prestige are temporary attractions. “Indian culture dictates that business profits must be used for the common good of the society,” he said.

Bhagwat also urged that India cannot subscribe to the theory of survival of the fittest, as it would fragment the society.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 14:36 IST