Mohan Bhagwat

Mohan Bhagwat
Dr. Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat, popularly known as Mohan Bhagwat is the sixth Sarsanghachalak (Chief) of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and the second youngest to head the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh after the second Sarsanghachalak Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar. Mohan Bhagwat was chosen as the successor to K. S. Sudarshan in March 2009. Described as a straight forward person, Bhagwat is also known within the RSS circles as a lookalike of the founder and the first RSS Chief Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. Born on 11th September 1950, in a town called Chandrapur in Maharashtra, Bhagwat is the eldest of three brothers and a sister. His father Madhukar Rao Bhagwat was the karyavahak (secretary) for Chandrapur zone and later became Prant Pracharak (divisional promoter) for the state of Gujarat. His father Madhukarrao incidentally was the first Pracharak to have got married. Bhagwat completed his schooling from Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya and then his first year in BSc from Janata College, both in Chandrapur. Bhagwat also obtained his graduation in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from Government Veterinary College, Nagpur. Towards the end of 1975, he left his masters course in veterinary science and became an RSS Pracharak (promoter/worker) to oppose the Emergency rule imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Bhagwat worked secretly during the time of Emergency and after Emergency, Bhagwat became Pracharak of Akola and rose steadily and became the Pracharak of Nagpur and Vidarbha region in 1977. From 1991 to 1999, he has been the Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Pramukh (in charge of physical training). From 1999 to 2000, he became the Akhil Bharatiya Pracharharak Pramukh (in charge of full time volunteers). In 2000, Mohan Bhagwat held to the position of Sarkaryavaha (general secretary) after Rajendra Singh and H.V. Seshadri decided to step down as RSS chief and general secretary respectively. K.S. Sudarshan became the new chief of RSS. Bhagwat held the post of General Secretary until 2006. On 21st March 2009, Bhagwat was chosen as the Sarsanghchalak at the meeting of the RSS top decision making body Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha. Bhagwats straight forwardness, his modest and practical thinking, his clear vision and no interest in politics were the qualities due to which the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha made him the RSS head. Mohan Bhagwat has a very good relation with BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). His ties with Advani goes back to 1940 when a young Advani completed his second year of the three -year RSS training under the guidance of Bhagwats father Madhukar Rao Bhagwat in Gujarat. Bhagwat has been the principal troubleshooter for Advani during his quote on Jinnah. Bhagwat recently made a controversial statement that rapes occur in India (referring to the western culture) and not in Bharat (referring to the rural and ancient India). Bhagwat has been granted the Z+ VVIP security cover by the Government of India in June 2015, making him one of the most protected Indians today. Bhagwat also has opposed untouchability and said that beliefs like this must not prevail in the Indian society however, he also said that the Constitution must be based on the Codes of Manusmruti. Bhagwat has been a bachelor throughout his life and has dedicated his life to social service. He has travelled extensively throughout India and has been a Pracharak for 28 years. He is also known to watch English films on science, fiction and history.
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