Tuesday, June 7, 2011

RSS cannot remain a mute spectator to the social revolution: Mohan Bhagwat

Nagpur, Jun 6 (PTI): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) tonight lashed at
the Centre for its midnight crackdown on protesters, including women and
children, at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, while admitting that it "extended"
support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev's agitation

The RSS was not behind the stir launched by Ramdev seeking repatriation of
the black money stashed illegally in foreign banks but have extended all
support to it (agitation)," RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said while addressing
the outfit's workers at Reshimbagh ground here.

He said that the RSS in its Puttur (Karnataka) meeting had adopted a
resolution to extend all support to Baba Ramdev.

"RSS cannot remain a mute spectator to the social revolution taking place
against corruption and black money. Therefore, it has asked its cadres to
join the agitation," Bhagwat said.

In any case without even asking, the swayamsevaks themselves are inculcated
with a sense of responsibility to join such agitations which are of prime
national interest, he said.

"What provoked the government to come down heavily on the followers of Baba
Ramdev at Ramlila ground when they were simply agitating to stop corruption
in high-places and unearthing of the black money?" Bhagwat asked, adding
that the agitations of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare be viewed above the
party politics.

The RSS chief, while condemning the midnight swoop and the events unfolded
aftermath, questioned the Centre's "intention" in not holding further talks
with the Yoga guru.
"(The) government should not stop the dialogue and the process must
continue," he said, adding that when no one is opposed to the issues raised
by the two social activists then where does the problem lie in holding a
dialogue. Some people have described it (the eviction of Ramdev and his
supporters) as "Jalianwala Bagh"-like attack and for some it was a recall
of the era of Emergency, he said at the concluding function of the annual
third year camp of RSS workers here.

Talking about the black money stashed in foreign banks, Bhagwat said it
certainly belonged to the people in the higher strata of the society. It is
not that a poor man has collected his money and deposited in the Swiss

The RSS chief also questioned legality of the proposed Anti Communal Riots
Bill being drafted by the National Advisory Council (NAC), saying that the
very existence of the NAC was unconstitutional.

Bhagwat, while expressing concern over instances of conversions, said the
Tirupati Tirumala Devsthan area in Andhra Pradesh has witnessed sudden
spurt in the number of conversions to Christianity.

Chief guest on the occasion, Dr Ganga Raju criticised the "mis-management"
of funds of big temples, particularly the Tirupati shrine in Andhra
Pradesh, by the politicians.
"Crores of rupees are being donated by the devotees and there is a need for
proper utilisation of funds collected there," Gangaraju said demanding that
the practise of conversion by allurement be stopped forthwith.

Meanwhile, Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham, Shri Jayendra
Saraswati, told the gathering that RSS was doing a yeoman's service in
building nation and developing good human beings.


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