NAGPUR: Former President Pranab Mukherjee who addressed the valedictory function of the Trutiya Varsh Sangha Shiksha Varga (SSV) at Nagpur spent almost entire day understanding the RSS.
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Mukherjee, who had arrived in the city on Wednesday night, went to the RSS founder Dr K BHedgewar's residence near RSS headquarters in the Mahal area of the city around noon. He was given information on times and work of Dr Hedgewar, said an official who accompanied him during his visit.
"Today I came here to pay my respect and homage to a great son of Mother India'," Mukherjee wrote in the visitor's book.
After spending some time there he went to the Reshim Bag area where the SSV is underway. There he met RSS officials in charge of the SSV and took information on various programs carried out at the Sangha Shiksha Varga.
"Mukherjee was very inquisitive and asked several questions to understand the nitty gritties of the training of RSS cadres as well as the regular work carried out by Sangha Swayamsevaks," said Anil in charge of media relations at the RSS media body Vishwa Samvad Kendra at Nagpur.
After his interaction with RSS officials, Mukherjee went to the Smriti Mandir - memorials of Dr Hedgewar and M S Golwalkar the first two chiefs of RSS - to pay his respects.
"This is nothing new or special for us. Every year some or the other prominent personality is invited as chief guest for the valedictory function of the SSV. The program for all of them is almost the same. This year there is more media attention, which is the only distinctly different thing from every year," said Dr Manmohan Vaidya, Saha Sar Karyavah (Joint General Secretary) of the RSS.