Restoration of ancient Hindu religion is what the world needs today: RSS chief

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Ahmedabad: While emphasising that an environment for change is required in the country today, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said that it is time for restoration of ancient Hinduism as the world needs it in the present scenario. RSS is the ideological arm of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The sole aim of Sangh Parivar is to contemporise the eternal truths and ethics of ancient Hinduism and based on that recreate the society and build a strong individual,” Bhagwat said at a meeting in Vadodara on Tuesday, while addressing RSS pracharaks.

He said that the world at large was looking towards India for solutions.

“So while the Sangh is working for building the nation, it is also in a way working towards establishing a universal religion,” he said.

The RSS chief was in Vadodara to attend a four-day meeting of pracharaks that began on Saturday.

While emphasising that RSS works on a voluntary basis and people joining it should not look for personal gains, he said that a person can do good work for the country even without joining the Sangh and that the organisation supports such people. He said there is a misconception that everything is controlled from Nagpur, the headquarters of RSS.

The four-day event saw senior RSS leaders discussing several matters, including the ongoing Virat Hindu Sammelans being held across Gujarat through which the organisation is trying to bring back tribals to the Hindu religious fold.

Bhaskar Bhatt, RSS spokesperson in Vadodara, said it was discussed how to increase the number of RSS shakhas in the country.

“The target is that there should be one shakha in every area where population is 10,000,” Bhatt said over the phone.

Earlier in March, RSS had declared that it had registered its highest growth between March 2015 and 2016, ever since it was formed in 1925. In this one-year span, as many as 5,527 new shakhas have come up at 3,644 new locations across the country.

Bhagwat is expected to return to the state on 31 December for a large gathering of tribals at a Virat Hindu Sammelan in Vansda, Navsari.