KANPUR: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat today said his organisation would strive to "unite" the Hindu society and that it must "expand" to meet the expectations of people.
Bhagwat also said that RSS moves ahead on the basis of its "own strength". "RSS' work is to unite Hindu society, to make it fearless, self-reliant, selfless and the one which is ready to live and die for the country.
"Time has come when the entire society wants RSS and has expectations from it. To fulfill those expectations the organisation must expand. No matter what caste, language or sect a person belongs to in the Sangh we should all stand together," Bhagwat said at a 'Rashtra Raksha Sangam' here.
He said that this could not be done only through "bhashan" (speeches). "It has to be brought into practice. What is the meaning of RSS, shakhaa?. We come together, forget everything else. Only 'bhagwa (saffron) flag' is in front of us which is symbol of our pride," he said.
Bhagwat said, "Often the word 'show of strength' crops up. When we organise such programmes, it is said that these are show of strength by RSS. Those who do not have strength need to show it. We don't need to do that. We have our own strength. RSS moves ahead on the basis of its own strength. It is our 'atma darshan'".
The RSS leader said there was nothing new in the ideology of the organization. "The new thing is its method. There is so much diversity in the country, irrespective of caste, language or regional differences we all consider Bharat as mother. We say Bharat Mata ki jai," he said.
The four-day RSS 'manthan', which will be held behind closed doors, will discuss the organisation's strategy to galvanise and energise the cadre with elections in key states Bihar and Uttar Pradesh not very far away.
As the meeting came in the backdrop of the BJP's rout in Assembly polls in Delhi, the meet is expected to discuss the matter.
"In history, we were not behind anyone, but a handful of people made us slaves. In the last meeting of the Constituent Assembly, Dr (B R) Ambedkar said that the country was not lagging behind in anthing, but due to selfishness some people gifted it to the Britishers on a silver platter and unless we practice brotherhood the threat will continue," Bhagwat said.
"(Socialist leader Ram Manohar) Lohia too talked about keeping the country together... That's why I say we need a society which is ready to live and die for the country," the RSS leader said.
Bhagwat said those who do not know RSS or have not seen it closely, imagine different things after watching such events. "There is nothing new in it. Such programmes are organised on a regular basis and we are habitual to such events. There is constant 'chintan' (brainstorming)," he said.
The RSS Chief said a man creates his own destiny and no other person. "Anyone can become rich through corrupt means... But corrupt people don't have any standing in the society... People despise them," he said. It should be seen what is "our behaviour, what is the view towards women", he said.
"The objective of the programme is one – welfare of the country and the society," the RSS leader said.
When the country was under the British Rule, many people worked with the same objective to achieve freedom, he said.
"(First RSS Chief) Doctor (K B) Hegdewar had no other objective in his life. At a tender age when people don't even think, he pledged that unless the fate of the country changes, he won't think about himself," he said.
He said worshipping the motherland unites all. "Our great personalities are one. Who does not know Rama, Krishna or Lord Shiva. We relate ourselves with our ancestors. Our values are same," he said.
Bhagwat said 'Sanatan dharma' is one thing which people call by different names. "Some call it Bharatiya sanskriti, some Hindu culture. It teaches to respect all diversity. It says that differentiating is not right. This is Sanatan Hindu dharma. Those who connect with these things are called Hindus."
He asked the cadre to prepare a good society and start the work from their own homes. "There is no point in fighting against darkness, just put up light and it will go away. When the people with good behaviour will come up, the society will change and fate of the country will change," he said.
He said there were good people working in the society, in the government and in political parties and they would be helpful. "Our work is to prepare a good society by changing people. As son of Bharat Mata, contributing in this pious work is our wish," he said.