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RSS bound by Supreme Court order on Ayodhya: Mohan Bhagwat

Says organisation does not support trolling on social media as it amounts to ‘hitting below the belt’

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published: September 13, 2017 4:16 am
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday told a group of diplomats that his organisation would be bound by the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue in Ayodhya. Bhagwat also said he had “good contact” with PM Narendra Modi and had “independent discussions” on a range of issues, according to sources present at the meeting.

The final hearing in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya case is slated for December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the Babri masjid demolition. The RSS chief also said that his organisation does not support trolls on social media. According to a tweet by Prasar Bharati chief A Surya Prakash, Bhagwat said: “Trolling amounts to hitting below the belt. We don’t support those who display such aggressive nature”, and “We don’t support trolling & aggressive behavior on the net.”

Bhagwat was interacting with diplomats from over 50 countries, excluding Pakistan High Commission, organised by India Foundation. The seventh in a series of such sessions, it was attended by BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, one of its directors, and moderated by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.

According to a diplomat who attended the event, Bhagwat spoke for 20 minutes and then took questions. “When asked if he could see a resolution to the Ayodhya dispute by the next elections and whether he would consider it being a shared site, he replied that the Supreme Court would be ruling on the issue and the RSS would be bound by the order,” he told The Indian Express.

There were questions on the RSS’s role in the government and Bhagwat’s relation with the PM. “Sangh doesn’t run BJP; BJP doesn’t run Sangh. As Swayamsevaks, v consult n exchange notes bt independent in functioning-Bhagwatji to diplomats,” Surya Prakash tweeted.

According to a source who attended the meeting, Bhagwat maintained that the RSS stayed away from politics but the government could be influenced by it as many of the ministers were part of the Sangh. On his relationship with Modi, Bhagwat reportedly said he was an authority in his field and the PM in his. He said both had been in “good contact” and discussed a range of issues independently.

When asked what kind of changes he would like to bring in society, sources said, the RSS chief listed oneness of society, maintenance of composite culture, discipline, patriotism, eradication of social evils like dowry.

Asked about Hinduism, he reportedly said that Hinduness was different from Hinduism. “With time, we change. When someone says I am a Hindu it is not about religion or how one lives. It is about accepting others as they are. It is not about wearing this, eating this. That imposition is an ‘ism’. Hinduness is free from this ‘ism’. Hinduness is the ever changing quality of Hinduism,” he said according to tweets of those who attended the event.

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  1. K
    Sep 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    It was masjid and based on the fake promised by BJP they demolished , first the have to confirm reconstruction of the masjid.
    1. V
      Valentin C
      Sep 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm
      First Rahul, now Bhagwat saying nice words. Wish they would continue to speak like this. Good that the RSS has said that it would accept the SC decision on Ayodhya. Things would settle down if we can get that major issue out of the way.
      1. S
        Sep 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm
        It is also our duty to educate and remind blind bhakts not to propagate lies in favor of anti dalit, anti poor, anti workers anti kissan govt. of school dropouts third class bigots. MMS govt pulled 140 million ppl out of poverty line but still 350 million ppl remain there. We have a duty for these needy. Don't get paid by black money coming from blood sucking crony capatilists or else these ppl will not forgive u. All this money belongs to the needy sons of soil. Your masters treat u same way as they throw bones to pet dogs. Join in this mission of uplifting the poor or else u will die in guilt of this breach. Learn to live with dignity and earn respect and good wishes by noble deeds.
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          1. R
            Sep 13, 2017 at 10:56 am
            There is a need to clarify because anti-national brigade doing hit job for marx-mulla-missionary axis of evil dreaming of destroying sanatana dharma in the land of origin is doing intense, false and motivated propaganda, with its agents embedded in western press also joining the chorus. Just imagine UN-commission islamist mentioning killing of a tabloid owner doing extortion journalism and being bumped off by her own as the job of nationalists and surmoning India to import rohingya j!had!s rejected by even muslim nations!
            1. S
              Sep 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm
              The worst problem of RSS saffron's is of spreading rumours, false propaganda, labelling Religions as demonic without sanction of Law of the land or Religion Hinduism.RSS saffrons can lynch and kill on rumours, they can burn and destroy life and properties, they can perform every thing evil in existence. If Ravana and Kansa do not represent Hinduism then How could Hitler,Afzal Guru or Mussolini represent Christianity and Islam. Any progressive and compassionate Nation helps the other in time of need, Specially when we ever fail to mention"VasuDev Kutumbakom". If M00dyji does not help Rohingya's they might get slaughtered, Do not forget, the same will be returned to you by "VasuDeva"
              1. J
                Jai hind
                Sep 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                Well said Swamy Great
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