Being an Indian and not knowing about RSS is almost impossible. A Hindu majority country like ours is bound to have an active religious body. And if you’re wondering who actively ensures that Hinduism stays on top, its Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanghchalak (aka chief) of the Hindu nationalist organisation, RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh . People who follow Indian politics regularly may already be aware of him and his work.
However, a lot about this staunch Hindu propagator remains under the shadows. Today, let’s get to know him and his work with RSS or other political works, a little better.
Mohan Bhagwat (born 11 September 1950) has a family full of RSS activists. His father Madhukar Rao Bhagwat was initially a Karyavahak (secretary) for the Chandrapur zone and later became a Prant Pracharak (divisional promoter) for Gujarat. Bhagwat has two younger siblings, who are both active RSS workers.
Always surrounded by controversies
His Hindu activism and women’s’ rights statements have created stir more than once. In 2013, he said, “Women should be just housewives and husbands should be the breadwinners” which sparked off a huge controversy and national debate. In 2016, he said, “People of America are called Americans, people of Germany are called Germans, people of England are called English, so people of India must be Hindu. Everyone in India is Hindu.” Such is his love for Hinduism that he looks down upon the existence of other religions in India. This was proven through his once given statement in which he commented converting Indians to Christianity was the main reason behind Mother Teresa’s services in India.
Despite coming across as an orthodox and closed minded person, Mohan Bhagwat is actually quite well-educated with a B.Sc. degree (Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry) from Government Veterinary College of Nagpur. And his favorite genre in movies is Science Fiction, which again belies his beliefs in age old religious ways.
The RSS Graph
The current RSS chief has dedicated his life by doing anything and everything he can for the organization. During the emergency period under Indira Gandhi‘s regime, he worked underground and earned himself the status of a responsible worker of the RSS. Because of this, he was made Pracharak of Akola in Maharashtra in 1977. He went on to become Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Pramukh between 1991 and 1999. When Rajendra Singh and H. V. Sheshadri decided to step down as RSS Chief and General Secretary in 1991, it paved the way for K. S. Sudarshan and Mohan Bhagwat who were appointed as the new chief and Sarkaryavaha (General Secretary), respectively. In 2009, when K. S. Sudarshan stepped down, Bhagwat was unanimously appointed as the Sarsanghchalak (Chief Executive) of the RSS thus making him one of the youngest chiefs of the RSS.
Well connected and protected
The RSS chief was given Z+ VVIP security in 2015. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is his cover. This makes him one of the most protected Indians and politicians in the country.
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