Even Mahatma Gandhi acknowledged RSS’ positive values, says Venkaiah

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jun 2018 10:17:41



EVEN Mahatma Gandhi had acknowledged the “positive values” propagated by the RSS, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday against the backdrop of a controversy over former President Pranab Mukherjee accepting an invite of the Sangh to address its cadre. He also said that secularism is “safe and secure” in India not because of any individual or political party, but because it is in the “DNA of all Indians”. Delivering the Nanaji Memorial lecture here, Naidu said the world’s largest “voluntary missionary organisation” has attracted all those who put the country above everything else, such as Nanaji Deshmukh and Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

“Even Mahatma Gandhiji had acknowledged the positive values propounded by RSS,” Naidu said while referring to Gandhi’s visit to a RSS camp in the 1930s. He quoted Gandhi as saying in 1934: “When I visited the RSS camp, I was very much surprised by your discipline and absence of untouchability.” Naidu said Gandhi found that volunteers were living and eating together in the camp without bothering about each other’s caste. The Vice President said he felt proud of his association with the RSS and credited his rise in life to the training he had in the Sangh.

A controversy had erupted after Mukherjee had accepted an invite from the RSS to be Chief guest at its function on June 7. Several Congress leaders have urged him to reconsider his decision. “From my association with the RSS, I can assure you all that the RSS is all about self-discipline, self-respect, self-defence, self- reliance, social reform, social consciousness, social movement, selfless service, all guided by the philosophy of supremacy of the Nation,” he said.