Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, Mohan Bhagwat, over a three-day conclave the organisation held in the national capital, struck a note that was reconciliatory, yet radical\u2014the latter, if only for its departure from how the Sangh is popularly viewed. Bhagwat talked about how there could be \u201cno Hindutva without Muslims\u201d, condemned lynchings by gau rakshaks, and even seemed to have unequivocally supported caste-based reservation, though, before the Bihar state elections in 2015, he had sought a review of the policy. He talked about how \u201cupper caste arrogance and. social backwardness\u201d resulted in caste atrocities\u2014significant in the background of the Supreme Court modifying arrest provisions under the SC\/ST Atrocities Act to reduce arbitrariness, and the Union government then restoring these. He talked about accommodating LGBT individuals to ensure that \u201cthey don\u2019t get isolated\u201d, a very different pitch from what some RSS leaders said immediately after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality. There was also a vocal endorsement of the Constitution\u2014its secularism focus included\u2014that marks a sharp departure from the RSS criticism hitherto that it lacked \u201cBharatiyata\u201d, a deliberately nebulous concept. What Bhagwat said about MS Golwalkar, the architect of the post-Independence RSS, reveals the most about what the organisation wants to be perceived as and how it will go about achieving that. Revered as Golwalkar is within the Sangh, it was curious that Bhagwat would mention him just twice over the three-day conference. This was a deliberate distancing, given how Golwalkar, in his Bunch of Thoughts, talks of Muslims, including Indian ones, as shatru (enemy). When Bhagwat did mention Golwalkar for the first time, in the context of a question asked about Golwalkar\u2019s Bunch of Thoughts, he spoke of how the book had the context of a \u201ccertain time and circumstance\u201d that has not endured and pointed the audience towards a popular edition of the book, from which such comments have been edited out. In a sense, Bhagwat seems to repudiate parts of the Sangh\u2019s history in a hard push for evolution. The signs of this urgency to have the RSS seen differently have been there for some time. From inviting former president Pranab Mukherjee to address its \u2018convocation\u2019 event for swayamsevaks, to supposedly having invited opposition leaders across parties to its conclave in the national capital, the organisation has been trying to have a dialogue with ideological opponents. However, it is difficult to say if the RSS is really turning a new leaf. It has spoken in many voices before. Even at the conclave, a vision of a Hindu Rashtra was foregrounded. The concept is one that many are uncomfortable with, given it is founded on a vision of \u201ccultural nationalism\u201d in which the understanding of culture is almost interchangeable with a narrow set of Hindu practices and beliefs. Sangh parivar outfits\u2014RSS affiliates\u2014have relied exclusively on sparking Hindu aggression and violent polarisation. Bhagwat\u2019s words, no doubt, will be tested in the near term; nevertheless, they could serve today as an antidote to the toxic divisiveness that is rife currently.