New Delhi August 13, 2015: RSS Sarasanghachalalak Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday asked the people to change their perspective towards great men and said such people cannot be enslaved in cages of caste or ideology and it is not easy to appropriate their legacy.
Releasing four books on the life and writings of BR Ambedkar, written by former Planning Commission member Narendra Jadhav, he said Ambedkar was among the great men this country had who dedicated their entire life to the country and its building. He took a jibe at those saying Jadhav was trying to get close to RSS and said “now that I am releasing books on Ambedkar, there will be a view that RSS is trying to appropriate the legacy of Ambedkar to increase its hold among Dalits. “As he (Jadhav) said that we have enslaved our great men in cages of caste, creed, language and ideology. These great men asked us to rise and view the nation as one but we have enslaved such great men on the basis of their caste, language or thoughts. I feel that in our country, we need to change our perspective on how we perceive great men. We only view them through their thoughts and what they did, what they said and what they wrote, but we need to go down further to understand their lives and philosophy,” he said.
He said the modern India envisaged is yet to be formed and for that the thoughts of great men who dedicated their entire lives to the nation need to be researched and studied further.
Bhagwat said Ambedkar had good ties with RSS and the Dalit icon had written to Veer Savarkar and in 1939 also met the then RSS chief and discussed the issue of bringing equality in the country. He, however, said there is no documentation of this as Sangh did not believe in documenting such things.
In this context, he said things have changed and today people do not think towards nation-building despite having different thoughts and ideologies. Narrating an incident, he said a senior politician was travelling with him to Nagpur and when he invited him to visit the RSS office, the leader said “there will be an earthquake if I do so and will be thrown out of my party.” But, he said, “I told him that since I have invited you, I will not be thrown out of my organisation.” Bhagwat said one should bear in mind that “none won over our country due to their strength but because of differences amongst us.”
“We served our nation to them on a silver platter. If we don’t improve ourselves, the Constitution alone cannot save us or the nation,” the RSS chief said.
ಡಾ|| ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರ್ ಅವರು ಸಂಘ ದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತಮ ಭಾಂಧವ್ಯವನ್ನಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು ಆದರೆ ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ದಾಖಲೆ ಗಳಿಲ್ಲ. ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನಿಡುವುದು ಸಂಘದ ಭ್ಯಾಸವಲ್ಲವೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿ ಸರ ಸಂಘ ಚಾಲಕರು ಸಂಘದ ಲೋಪದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬೆಳಕನ್ನು ಚೆಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನಿಡದೆ ಏನೂ ಮಾತಾಡಿದರೂ ಅದು ಕೇವಲ ವದಂತಿ ಎನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ ಯಾಗಿ ಸತ್ಯವೆಂದು ಗೋಚರಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಡಾ|| ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರ್ ರವರು ವೀರ ಸಾವರಕರ್ ರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತಮ ಮಿತ್ರತ್ವವನ್ನಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು. ಅಂತೆಯೇ ಸಂಘದ ನಾಯಕರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತಮ ಸಂಬಂಧಗಳನ್ನಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿರಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯ. ಆದರೆ ಇದನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಥಿಸುವ ದಾಖಲೆಯಿಲ್ಲವಾಗಿ ಸಂಘ ಚಾಲಕರು ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಏನು ನುಡಿದರೂ ಅದು ವದಂತಿಯೆನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ ವಿನಃ ವಸ್ತು ನಿಷ್ಠವಲ್ಲ.
ಇನ್ನು ಮುಂದಾದರೂ ಸಂಘವು ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಪರಿಪಾಠವನ್ನು ಅನುಸರಿಸಲಿ.