The RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat hails from Chandrapur in Vidarbha, Maharashtra. Born on September 11, 1950 he obtained graduation degree in veterinary science and Animal Husbandry (BVSc) from Punjabrao Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, Maharashtra. Hailing from a family that had strong RSS roots (his father was the Prant Pracharak of Gujarat for some time) Shri Bhagwat left his Masters course in Veterinary Science towards the fag end to plunge into the Sangh work as a Pracharak. He became a Pracharak towards the end of 1975 at the time of the infamous Emergency.
After working underground during Emergency he was given the responsibility of Akola in 1977 and subsequently he rose to become the Pracharak of Nagpur and Vidarbha region. He was elevated to Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sharirik Pramukh in 1987 and subsequently became Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Pramukh in 1991, the post he held till 1999. In 1999 he was made the Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh for one year.
In 2000, when Prof. Rajendra Singh and Shri HV Seshadri decided to step down as Sarsanghachalak and Sarkaryavah respectively due to health reasons Shri KS Sudarshan was nominated as the new Sarsanghachalak and Shri Mohan Bhagwat got elected to the post of Sarkaryavah for three years. He got re-elected to the office of Sarkaryavah on the next two successive occasions in 2003 and 2006.
During his long career of 28 years as Pracharak, he has travelled extensively in and outside Bharat and guided countless activities and activists.
He was nominated by Shri KS Sudarshan to succeed as the Sarsanghachalak during the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha which held its meeting from March 20-22 in Nagpur. Shri Bhagwat became the sixth Sarsanghachalak on March 23, 2009.