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RSS holds meeting, offers prayers at Gandhi Darshan near Raj Ghat

Giving details of the meeting, a Gandhi Darshan official said: “The organisers rented the Tagore Hall where the meet took place, three dormitories and some rooms. One dormitory has 20 beds.”

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2017 7:09 am
RSS, Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Darshan RSS, Raj Ghat, RSS at Gandhi Darshan, mohan bhagwat, indian express news At the meeting, the saffron flag of the RSS was unfurled and prayers were chanted. (Picture for representational purpose))

The Prajna Pravah, the RSS-affiliated body of intellectuals, held a two-day meeting last weekend at Gandhi Darshan adjoining Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi at Raj Ghat. At the meeting, the saffron flag of the RSS was unfurled and prayers were chanted. The meeting was attended by top RSS leaders including Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, Sahsarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale, former Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha and senior RSS leaders from several states.

“Sangh ka dhwaj lagakar prarthna hua tha (The RSS flag was unfurled and prayers were chanted),” confirmed a RSS pracharak who attended the meet. Nearly 100 leaders and ideologues attended the meet. Prajna Pravah’s convenor is veteran RSS pracharak J Nandakumar who, until recently, was the Akhil Bharatiya Sah Prachar Pramukh (All India vice spokesperson).

For many years now, Mahatma Gandhi has found a prominent place in the Sangh. Gandhi was earlier included in the RSS’s Pratah Smaran (morning invocation) recited by Swayamsevaks. Subsequently, this was recast as Bharat Bhakti Stotra so that it could be recited at any time of the day. Gandhi is also included in the Stotra.

“The significance of this meeting is that the RSS flag was unfurled and prayers chanted at the place built after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi,’’ said a delegate who attended the meeting. Nearly 70 delegates who had come from other cities stayed on the campus while those from Delhi returned in the evening.

Speaking to The Indian Express, a senior official of Gandhi Darshan said: “The organisation approached us around a month ago for the booking of the premises. Since we rent out only to those who do programmes related to Gandhiji, we asked them about the programme. They said that there will be some programme on him. They have not yet shared the details…We are waiting for it,” he said.

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti is an autonomous body that functions under the advice of and financial support from the Ministry of Culture. It has two campuses: Gandhi Smriti, on 5 Tees January Marg, and Gandhi Darshan, adjoining Raj Ghat. While the Prime Minister is the chairperson of the governing body of the Samiti, MoS Culture Mahesh Sharma is its vice-chairperson.  It also has a nominated body of senior Gandhians and representatives of various government departments to guide it in its activities. The objective of the Samiti is to propagate the life, mission and thought of Mahatma Gandhi through various socio-educational and cultural programmes.

Giving details of the meeting, a Gandhi Darshan official said: “The organisers rented the Tagore Hall where the meet took place, three dormitories and some rooms. One dormitory has 20 beds.”

While most delegates left on Sunday, a few left on Monday morning. Police was also deployed for security. Asked about the allotment of space at Gandhi Darshan, an official said: “NGOs often approach us for the place.” Minor RSS programmes have been held at the Gandhi Darshan during the tenure of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

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    ksp
    Aug 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    This is the real home coming we have seen in years. And this is the power of democracy that India offers to the world. An organisation which has not been favourably depicted with the freedom struggle, at least by major historians, has been trying to come to terms with the ethos of general public. BJP and RSS are genuinely trying to adapt themselves with the public spirit, and that too when they have absolute majority in all the houses. No doubt they have a hand on the pulse of the nation and rightly reaping electoral benefits.
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      Vijay S
      Aug 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm
      Whats in this news . could not understood the purpose of putting this news.
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        Lovely
        Aug 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm
        Ghandism had failed to prevent division of the country! Where is ideology?
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          mark
          Aug 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm
          yes, so the hinduvavadi killed Gandhi.
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          zameer
          Aug 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm
          Clash of ideologies between the follower of Gandhi and Godse ! Followers of Godse Ideologies try to over smart and take over Gandhian ideology, but don't worry they may follow the ideologies of Godse in practical but they have to cover their face with Gandhian ideology. They cannot digest, neglect or defeat the Gandhian ideology, at the same time they simply cannot leave the Godse ideology. finally they have to adopt the Gandhian ideology without any choice and will remain forever in india. It's high time to say good bye to Godsian ideology by adopting the BApu ideology.
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            A Gopal
            Aug 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm
            What is wrong with dual idealogy ?
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              mark
              Aug 29, 2017 at 4:13 pm
              Gandhi's ideology is that of peace. Godse's ideology is that of killing and murder.
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            VINOD
            Aug 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm
            The truth is Gandhi ji represented the soul of this country- India that is Bharat. He is an embodiment of thinking and practices of all the saints of Hindu, Muslim, Sikhs, Boudh, Jain, Parsi and all others. His heart is 'sarve bhadrani pashyantu sarve santu niramayah' His soul vibes with 'bhakti sampraday' Muslim Sufi saints, darvesh, Kabir, Dadu, Meera, Bulleshah and peers. You want to meet Gandhi ji today go to deep rural areas any where in India and talk to uneducated simple folks who will tell you there is only one God and we call Him by different names. Read 'Prem Chand' and you will meet the soul of India. 'vaishnav jan to tene re kahiye jo peer paraye jane re'
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