Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

Change is inevitable, constant: RSS chief

Express chairman Viveck Goenka and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in New Delhi on Monday.  Amit Mehra Express chairman Viveck Goenka and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in New Delhi on Monday. Amit Mehra
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: March 26, 2014 12:34 am

At a function to relaunch two Sangh publications in a magazine format, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday underlined the need for change saying “vision needs to change with time… and this has been established”.

Without naming anyone, the Sarsanghchalak told an audience — it included, among others, BJP veteran L K Advani — that the RSS had worked hard on a “difficult journey, (of) sailing against the tide” which will “soon be completed successfully”.

“Vision needs to change with time and this has been established… change is inevitable, constant… This journey is tough… we have now grown used to difficult times,” Bhagwat said at the function to mark the relaunch of Organiser and Panchjanya.

Society, he said, needs a “samvaad” to take it forward. “The entire society has to move forward in a specific direction and remain united. To realise this vision, change is needed in every sphere… there is no clarity, people are mistaken,” he said.

Praising the Organiser and Panchjanya, Bhagwat referred to the “Ramjanmabhoomi episode” and said “people turned to these publications for the truth” on the movement.

Viveck Goenka, The Indian Express Group chairman and chief guest at the function, said his primary responsibility as a publisher has been to ensure “integrity of content” and “commitment to truth”.

“It might interest people to know that 40 years back, as a student I bought a lifetime subscription of the Organiser. I have chosen to remain an invisible publisher… I accepted your invitation to be here because I come to you as someone who appreciates what you are trying to do with your publications which we, at The Indian Express, follow very carefully.”

Saying that Organiser and Panchjanya “crystallise a set of thoughts that inspire a sweeping range of institutions,” Goenka said that relaunching them as magazines is “sound media strategy.”

Underlining the critical importance of the digital medium and citing the growth of The Indian Express in that space, he said this medium is perfect to encourage dialogue and expand audience beyond the print’s ideological and geographical boundaries.

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