RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Thursday that "affection" was very much a part of the ideology of his organisation. Bhagwat was speaking at the unveiling of a book on late RSS worker Vilas Fadnavis here.
"Affection and ideology are not two different things, actually affection is ideology for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh," he said. "Because pure and true love is the basis of RSS's work," he added.
Speaking at the same program earlier, Union minister Nitin Gadkari had said that to him affection was more important than ideology. "Because it is through affection that people come together, though it is important that they are also attached to (common) ideology," the senior BJP leader said, while talking about Vilas Fadnavis. Bhagwat, in his speech, also said that an ideal RSS worker is the one who brings people together. The Hindus, when they unite, would not lose their quality of affection but would embrace the whole world, the Sangh supremo said.
Ahead of the verdict in the Ayodhya case, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to open a dialogue with professionals from the Muslim community. Earlier on Tuesday, November 5, the BJP and RSS had chaired a meeting with the community's clerics, academics and prominent persons was organised, stressing on maintaining social harmony and unity. Apart from this, the RSS team has planned interaction with educated youths and professionals from various walks of life. The Supreme Court is likely to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya case on November 17. The event is slated to take place on November 8 at the Nehru Memorial in Delhi, with the RSS team functionaries Krishna Gopal and Ram Lal expected to address the professionals at the event. The members of the RSS on Wednesday took a call to approach leaders across the political spectrum in its effort to promote harmony.
Further giving details about the same, the leader said: "The agenda of the meet is the court's verdict in the Ayodhya case and to maintain harmony after it is delivered," said a senior RSS leader involved in the process. According to a senior member of the team, various NGOs and professional bodies were contacted to reach out to the professionals from the minority community and then invitations were sent out. "A group of 70 to 80 professionals would be participating in this interaction with professionals from the community. The group consists of engineers, professors, doctors and social activists," added the leader.