The soft-spoken man speaks (yes he has a stick)

“We do not have any remote control….But it is our
wish that the government sustains the momentum and meets people’s


Mohan-bhau (elder brother in Marathi) is actually an accomplished artist who has a singer’s voice, can play a number of instruments and is a hot number on the stage (Marathi theatre is very popular and powerful).

But that is not his main claim to fame. Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat is the head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (aka Hindu Brotherhood). Politically he is as deft as Madam Sonia and he belies the popular (Marxist) concept of a Hindutva-vadi as a fire-breathing dino. In short, the most foolish thing would be to under-estimate him and his people.

chief Mohan Bhagwat
has for the first time publicly expressed his
satisfaction over the ‘change’ in governance of the country. “We are
confident that the new government will tread the chosen path. People
thoughtfully elected it because they were desperate for change and are
looking forward to better times,” the Sarsanghachalak said on Thursday.

However, he refused to acknowledge any role in installing the new
government at the Centre. “We do not have any remote control,” he
stressed. “People congratulated the RSS for bringing about this change,
but let me tell you, all we did was to encourage voters to participate
in election process. We do not believe in any control. But it is our
wish that the government sustains the momentum and meets people’s
aspirations,” said Bhagwat.

The RSS chief was addressing over
700 activists from across the country attending a three-week camp as
part of the third-year RSS training required to work for the
organization. “It is not necessary to get into khaki knickers and do the
drill. Every citizen is welcome to join the Sangh endeavour to build a
better society. For last 88 years this what the RSS has been doing. But
our work of instilling discipline and values is often misunderstood,”

the RSS chief lamented.

He did not name Narendra Modi, or any
political party, but likened the change in the country to Chhatrapati
Shivaji’s coronation. “Why do we celebrate Shivaji’s coronation even
after 440 years. It is because Shivaji exemplified good governance that
thrived on confidence of people.
I am sure the change we are seeing
today is similar, and will meet with success it deserves,” said Bhagwat.

In an oblique reference to the Congress failures, the RSS chief said
soon after Independence there was an opportunity to channelize energies
of the nation to desired goal but it was lost. “Instead of a bright
dawn, we were led into dark times,” he said, evoking a song penned by
Marathi poet Suresh Bhat.





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