NEW DELHI: Suggesting that books on personalities should be “read between the lines”, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat in one of rare public utterances praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the hilt even while he delivered a subtle message that commitment to organisational goals is supreme.
With the BJP leaders and Union ministers in the audience, Bhagwat qualified “adulation for the Prime Minister by speakers before him, including of Amit Shah” by remarking that “successes of Modi could become possible on account of his not so famous and out of limelight journey before becoming the chief minister of Gujarat”.
“I get a number of invitations to attend such functions, but I generally avoid them. But this (launch of book – Making of a Legend, authored by the Sulabh International head Bindeshwari Pathak) was different.
Such books should be read between the lines, and readers should go beyond the personality and focus on the work behind the success,” Bhagwat said, while speaking freely about the Prime Minister. The RSS supremo’s speech was laced with a number of Sanskrit Shlokas even while he mentioned the story of Tathagata (Gautam Buddha).
With the BJP leaders in full force in the attendance, Bhagwat dropped hints that the RSS would be patient with the NDA government at the Centre on its core issues, which, incidentally include Universal Common Civil Code, Article 370. “Most often it’s seen that a journey is jigsaw, yet in the end we reach the destination. Sometimes we set high aims and try ways to reach the goals.
Even if one way fails, we say let’s try another option,” said Bhagwat.What was music to the ears of Amit Shah and his team was the assertion of Bhagwat, that “name and fame didn’t change Modi”.
With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections weighing high in the scheme of things, Bhagwat’s lavish praise of Modi indeed became the talking point in the saffron camp, as he noted that “people should know why Modi became the ray of hope”.
Earlier, the BJP chief struck the combative note and came down heavily on critics who slam the Modi government for jobless growth. “I just have a few hairs on my head. Critics want to tear off even them, as they don’t lose any opportunity to lob the jobless growth barb on us. The issue of unemployment cannot be addressed by jobs alone, but by self-employment. The Modi government through the Mudra scheme has created 7.38 crore self-employment in the country in the last three years,” Shah claimed.
Contrasting “decades of non-performance” with three years of Modi government, Shah stated that there is no home in the country without a bank account, while there would be none without electricity, toilet and LPG connection by next year.
“The world leaders are astonished on how Modi is able to take forward the country despite several challenges. They look upon Modi for solutions to vexed problems, including climate change. The Modi government has shown that even while the country desires good relations with other countries the sovereignty of the international border is not violated.