RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat calls for dialogue on reservation

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP
Calling upon RSS members to connect with people irrespective of their caste, language, religion or region, Bhagwat said India's characteristic is to bind everyone in onethread following the principle of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is a family).

The RSS, the BJP, and the party-led government are three different entities and one cannot be held responsible for the actions of another, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said.

There should be conversation in a harmonious atmosphere between those in favour of reservation and those against it, Bhagwat said on Sunday (August 18).

He was speaking at the concluding session of Gyanotsav, a programme on competitive exams organised by the RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi.

He said those who favoured reservation should speak, keeping in mind the interests of those who were against it, and similarly, those who opposed it should do the vice versa.

He said that discussion on reservation results in sharp actions and reactions every time, whereas there is a need for harmony in different sections of the society on this approach.

Earlier, he had advocated a review of the reservation policy, drawing sharp reactions from many parties.

He said that the RSS, the BJP, and the party-led government were three different entities and one cannot be held responsible for the actions of another.

Talking about the perception of the Sangh’s influence over the Narendra Modi dispensation, he said, “Since there are Sangh workers in the BJP and this government, they will listen to the RSS, but it is not mandatory for them to agree with us. They can disagree as well.”

“Since the BJP is in government, it has to look at the bigger picture and can disagree with the RSS point of view,” he said, adding that once a party comes to power, for it, the government and national interest become a priority.

Mohan Bhagwat’s words had caused ripples in 2015, just before the Bihar election, when he called for a review of the reservation policy. At the height of the Bihar poll campaign, the BJP was said to have suffered the brunt of its mentor’s views. Months later, Bhagwat tweeted that reservation “is needed” as long as social discrimination remains in the society.
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