Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) affiliated group of intellectuals, Prajna Pravah earlier in the weekend, held a two-day long meeting at Gandhi Darshan adjoining Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi at Raj Ghat. At the meeting that was headed by several top RSS leaders including Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, Sahsarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale, former Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha and senior RSS leaders from several states, the saffron flag of the RSS was unfurled and prayers were chanted, according to Indian Express. The meeting was attended by nearly 100 leaders and ideologues.
Veteran RSS pracharak J Nandakumar, who until now was the Akhil Bharatiya Sah Prachar Pramukh is now the convenor of Prajna Pravah. A delegate during the meet said, “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.”
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.” The official further stated the details of the meeting and said, “The organisers rented the Tagore Hall where the meet took place, three dormitories and some rooms. One dormitory has 20 beds.”
The report further stated that nearly 70 delegates from different cities had come to attend the meeting after which they stayed at the campus while those from Delhi returned in the evening.
Mahatma Gandhi is a notable part of the Sangh programme for many years now. Earlier he was included in the RSS’s Pratah Smaran (morning invocation) that was recited by the Swayamsevaks. Sometimes later, it was recast as Bharat Bhakti Stotra so that it could be recited at any time of the day, the Indian Express report stated.