Former President Pranab Mukherjee to be Chief Guest at RSS program in Nagpur

The Third Year Sangha Shiksha Varga of the RSS at Nagpur, which began on May 13, is being attended by 607 participants from all over the country.

Published: 27th May 2018 08:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2018 08:56 PM   |  A+A-

Former President Pranab Mukherjee (File | PTI)

Express News Service

MUMBAI: Former President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the invitation to be a Chief Guest at the valedictory function of Third Year Sangha Shiksha Varga (SSV) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Nagpur.

“Mukherjee always had cordial relations with the RSS. During his meeting with Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat at Rashtrapati Bhavan last year he had expressed a desire to have a close look at the RSS work after stepping down as President. Accordingly an invitation was sent to him and he has accepted it,” Pramod Bapat, Kshetriya Prachar Pramukh of the RSS told the New Indian Express.

The Third Year SSV at Nagpur, which began on May 13, is being attended by 607 participants from all over the country. Participants, who have completed first two levels of the SSV, are below the age of 45 and hold some role of prominence in the organization at local level are further trained in various aspects of the RSS organizational work and the philosophy during the Third Year SSV at Nagpur. Mukherjee would be the Chief Guest at the public function organized to mark the end of this training camp.

“Every year RSS organizes several such training camps during the summer months throughout the country. This year there number of first year SSVs is 38, that of Second Year SSVs is 15 and six special SSVs too are being conducted for those who couldn’t participate in the regular SSVs,” Bapat said. Around 7 to 8 thousand participants attended some or the other of these SSVs this year, he added. 

In the first year SSV participants are expected to have some preliminary orientation in the RSS organization and the age limit is between 16 and 35 years. Likewise, the terms gets stricter and the training course becomes elaborate for the second year SSV, he said.

“Being an apolitical organization the RSS always strives to invite prominent people from all walks of life on such occasions. Politics is a part of social life and hence politicians are invited to such functions occasionally. In that sense nobody is ‘untouchable’ to the RSS,” Bapat said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp