Nagpur : Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday praised the country’s progress under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said India’s image had reached great heights on a global scale as the world expected ‘India to guide it towards a great future’. Making his annual ‘Vijayadashami’ speech here, Bhagwat said that the primary agenda now rested on how to make India a leading nation in the world as ‘expectations have risen’ since Prime Minister Modi’s government came into power.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended the event and shared space with Rashtra Sevika Sangh veterans during Vijaya Dashmi function at RSS headquarters in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
Bhagwat said, ‘Our country has stood as one and will stand as one. The Sangh has been doing the work of keeping the nation one on the basis of Hindutva for the last 90 years.’ He expressed contentment over working practices of Modi-led central government. He said, ‘Two years ago there was an atmosphere of despondency. Now we are not worried. An atmosphere of hope and confidence has been created now, so expectations are high,’ adding, ‘Swachh Bharat, Mudra Bank, Jan Dhan Yojana and surrender of gas subsidy are good omen. However, pulling the economy out of the abyss takes some time.’
With his call for a review of reservation having set off a political storm that could harm BJP’s prospects in the ongoing Bihar polls, Bhagwat began his 55-minute speech by invoking Dalit icon B R Ambedkar whom he credited for making provisions in the Constitution to remove social and economic inequality faced by the weaker sections.
Bhagwat focused attention on population rise in the country and stated that no holistic discussion has taken place in the country on controlling population.’With rise in population, the burden on the country will grow. Population growth can be an asset too. If we have more mouths to feed, we will also have more hands to work. We have to plan for 50 years hence. How to provide for the education and health of the people,’ he said. Referring to rapid population growth, Bhagwat called for a dialogue to change the mindset of the people as mere enactment of laws was not enough.
Bhagwat reiterated that RSS united the society on its three beliefs of ‘Hindu culture, Hindu forefathers and Hindu land’ pervading the Indian nation and insisted that this is the ‘only way’.
With incidents like Dadri lynching sparking outrage, Bhagwat said – Small episodes that get exaggerated cannot damage Hindu culture. Small episodes happen. They get exaggerated and presented in a big way. Small incidents keep happening but these cannot distort Indian culture, Hindu culture. Since time immemorial, it respects diversity, coordinates among diversities to establish unity. This is Hindutva.