New Delhi: On the last day of the three-day mega outreach conclave of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), its chief Mohan Bhagwat spoke about the outfit’s philosophies and their progressive outlook regarding Hinduism and caste-system. He said that killing in the name of the cow was not acceptable but at the same time, criminals should not be linked to those who truly protect and care for cows.

Bhagwat said, “Many people are working on as to how the use of cows can be brought into everyday life and used in all houses using technology. They talk about the protection of cows, they are not involved in mob lynching. They work for the betterment of society.”

He further said that such people were not just from Sangh. Saying so, he added that the entire Jain community was working for this and that there were many Muslims who operated cow-sheds very well. They should not be linked to lynching and should rather be appreciated.

Bhagwat also opined that RSS was not against inter-caste marriage and that it was an issue of compatibility between a man and woman. He went on to say that if a survey of intercaste marriages was carried out in India, one would find that maximum percentage of those people being swayamsevaks from Sangh.

He added that the first intercaste marriage in Maharashtra took place in 1942 and back then congratulatory messages poured in for the couple, including ones from Baba Saheb Ambedkar and Sri Guruji. Bhagwat further said that Guruji had said, “you aren’t getting married only due to physical attraction. You want to convey that everyone is equal.”

Speaking at a Q&A session, Bhagwat said some in India proudly call themselves Hindu while other try to evade the ‘Hindu label’. He also spoke about education and said that while modern and traditional knowledge were equally important, there was a need to “learn the values of life from our ancient system of knowledge”.