“There is a need to launch reformative and service activities among the deprived sections of the society on a larger scale so that none feel deprived and exploited,” said RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat. He was addressing a gathering of leaders belonging to various Hindu communities assembled at a Sadbhavana Baithak in New Delhi on October 3. The Baithak was organised by Delhi Prant of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at Keshav Kunj.
A total of 54 leaders belonging to 32 communities including Banjara, Kashyap, Berua, Sikh, Agrawal, Ahluwalia, Bagari, Harishchandra, Khatik, etc, participated in the meeting. After the meeting all the leaders had sahabhoj. Kshetra Sanghachalak Dr Bajrang Lal Gupt and Prant Sanghachalak Shri Ramesh Prakash Sharma also shared the dais. Kshetra Pracharak Shri Rameshwar Prasad, general secretary (organisation) of VHP Shri Dinesh Kumar, Delhi Prant Pracharak Shri Prem Kumar and many other Sangh adhikaris were also present on the occasion.
Shri Bhagwat stressed on four points. He said there should be a feeling of mutual cooperation and goodwill in all the communities and all leaders should educate their community members about the need of cooperation and unity. He further said service activities should be launched on a larger scale in all the areas where they are required. He directed the Sangh workers to pay adequate attention to the areas, which are neglected with regard to service activities. He pointed out that Sangh swayamsevaks are today running more than 1.5 lakh service projects in remote areas.
He suggested that Sadbhavana Baithaks need to be organised at lower levels—block level in rural areas and basti level in cities—to spread the feeling of cooperation and to educate the people about the present challenges before the Hindu society. He emphasised that the frequency of such Sadbhavana Baithaks should be increased and more community leaders should be involved in them.
Shri Bhagwat made it clear that Sadbhavana Baithaks are not being organised to expand the Sangh work but to strengthen the Hindu society and the Sangh would continue to organise them even if it has to face any loss. “It is not the work of give-and-take. We are all one and we all have to work for strengthening our society. We must educate the people of our communities about the need of unity and goodwill,” he said pointing out that the work of organising such meetings is going on in all Prants.
Commenting on the so-called “beginning of Bhagwat Era in the Sangh”, as mentioned by a section of the media, he said there is no such era in the Sangh, as there has never been an individual era in the Sangh. “All swayamsevaks work together and no work in the Sangh is done projecting an individual. We all are doing the Sangh work and all the activities are carried out with mutual agreement,” he added.
Earlier, Shri Ramgopal Suryavanshi from Khatik community said the politics that is being done in the name of dalits is insulting them. He said efforts are being made by some politicians to spread hate in the society and they should be countered effectively. He said efforts should also be made to strengthen social harmony.
Shri Shivnarayan Bagari said unity cannot be achieved till we continue to talk on the basis of castes, creeds and communities. Shri Ram Gopal from Koli community said we all are Hindustani first and then belong to any other community. He said all the communities have their specified role in nation building and no community should be ignored. He stressed the need to have an open discussion on the issue of sadbhavana. He expressed concern over the decreasing number of Hindus and abnormal increase in the number of Muslims.
Shri Nand Kishore Garg from Agrawal community stressed the need to move forward with broader perspective. Shri Shyamlal said the feeling of sadbhavana could be achieved only by working with selfless feeling. Shri Ranjit Berua emphasised the need to be faithful to the nation before fighting for the cause of individual community.
By Pramod Kumar