New Delhi: Speaking on the final day of the three-day RSS event in the national capital on Wednesday, the outfit’s chief, Mohan Bhagwat, took questions in a Q&A session. Fielding questions on the RSS’ involvement in politics, Bhagwat touched upon various issues, like the Emergency and the outfit’s alleged hold upon the current dispensation at the Centre.

On the RSS’ involvement in the current goverment, Bhagwat claimed the outfit was supportive of the policies of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre. He said, “Humne ek neeti ka samarthan zaroor kiya hai aur humare neeti ke samarthan karne ka laabh jaise humari shakti badhti hai, waise rajneetik daalon ko mil sakti hai, jo iska labh le sakte hai woh le jaate hain (We have supported a policy. If our support helps someone, gives strength to some parties, they are most welcome to take it).”

Bhagwat reminded the audience how the RSS had opposed the Emergency but not for political gains. “Humne emergency ki neeti ka virodh kiya, jo emergency ke khilaaf the woh anek daloon ke log the. Humne aisa vichaar nahi kiya ki Jan Sangh ko iska labh mile; usmein Babu Jagjivan Ram the, aur log bhi the. Hum rajneeti nahi karte (We opposed the Emergency but we weren’t alone in the struggle; there were people from other parties too. We never thought what the Jan Sangh can gain out of it. There was Babu Jagjivan Ram and many others. We don’t do politics).”

Explaining the RSS’ stand on minorities, he said, “Hum ek desh ki santan hain, bhai bhai jaisa rahein. Isliye alpsankhyak ke baare mein hi, iss shabd ke baare mein hi Sangh ke reservations hain. Sangh isko nahi maanta, sab apne hain. Aur door gaye to jodna hai. Iss bhavna se hum bolte hain (We are all children of the same country who should live like brothers. The RSS has reservations about the usage of the term ‘minority’; we don’t accept it because everyone is our own. Whoever drifts away has to be brought back and that’s the sentiment we speak with).”