The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

De­scrib­ing late RSS ide­o­logue and founder of the Sangh Pari­var af­fil­i­ate Swadeshi Ja­gran Manch ( SJM), Dattopant Then­gadi as some­one whose views still re­main rel­e­vant, RSS supremo Mo­han Bhag­wat on Satur­day said that Then­gadi gave prac­ti­cal shape to Deen­dayal Upad­haya’s con­cept of “In­te­gral Hu­man­ism.” Ad­dress­ing the Dattopant Then­gadai Me­mo­rial lec­ture ti­tled — “Rel­e­vance of Dattopant Then­gadi Thoughts in Present Global Sce­nario,” Mr Bhag­wat said that many of his vi­sions, whether it was about fad­ing cap­i­tal­ism across the world or Marx­ist ide­ol­ogy los­ing grip over labour forces came true. Mr Bhag­wat said that Then­gadai was of the view that for suc­cess­ful func­tion­ing of any po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, it needs ef­fec­tive con­trol by the so­ci­ety and for that we need peo­ple’s or­gan­i­sa­tion to create aware­ness. The RSS chief said that such or­gan­i­sa­tions should not be “lack­eys” of those in power and stay away from power pol­i­tics. He said the gov­ern­ing sys­tem has to work as per the Con­sti­tu­tion and vigilant cit­i­zens led by “Lok San­gathan” ( peo­ple’s or­gan­i­sa­tions) will have to en­sure it.

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