Mohan Bhagwat’s speech misrepresented, claims RSS; Rahul Gandhi says remark an insult to Indians

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New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2018 7:55:23 AM

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has clarified on the row that a speech by its chief Mohan Bhagwat boasting of the organisation's capabilities of preparing an army within three days triggered, saying that Bhagwat did not draw any comparison between the readiness of the Army as compared to the RSS.

rss chief mohan bhagwatVaidya asserted that this was in no way a comparison between the Indian army and the Sangh but between the general society and Swayamsevaks.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has clarified on the row that a speech by its chief Mohan Bhagwat boasting of the organisation’s capabilities of preparing an army within three days triggered, saying that Bhagwat did not draw any comparison between the readiness of the Army as compared to the RSS. In a statement issued on Monday, RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya said that its Sarsanghchalak has been “misrepresented” and that Bhagwat had said that if the situation arises and the Constitution permits, Indian army would take 6 months to prepare the ‘society’ whereas Sangh Swayamsevaks can be trained in 3 days, as Swayamsevaks practise discipline regularly. Vaidya asserted that this was in no way a comparison between the Indian army and the Sangh but between the general society and Swayamsevaks. Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only, Vaidya added.

By the time the RSS sought to clear the air on the controversy, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had already caught to it. Taking to Twitter, he tore into the RSS chief’s remarks and termed it an insult to every Indian. “Bhagwat’s speech disrespects those who have died for our nation,” Rahul said. Launching a scathing attack on Bhagwat, Gandhi claimed it was an insult to the national flag because the speech insulted every soldier who ever saluted it. “Shame on you Mr Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our Army,” Office of RG posted on Twitter.

Addressing a gathering in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, Bhagwat had said that the RSS can raise a force and get battle-ready in just three days even as the Army would need “six to seven months”. His remark however, was picked up as one that sought to compare the battle readiness of the Army as opposed to the RSS. The RSS later clarified that Bhagwat did not talk about raising an Army but instead about the RSS’ own readiness in case of a war as compared to the society. In his speech, Bhagwat underlined that RSS is not a military organisation, but it has military discipline.

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Bhagwat was speaking in Muzaffarpur where he met Sangh volunteers from Bihar and Jharkhand as part of his 10-day visit to Bihar where the leader also held a review meeting of various Sangh wings. Hailing RSS as a “parivarik sangathan” (family organisation), Bhagwat said that it practises discipline like the Army and that its workers are always willing to make the supreme sacrifice for their country. Bhagwat has also encouraged the RSS workers to set an example of good conduct in their personal, family and social life.

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