Citizen groups must hold netas accountable, says RSS chief
New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that people’s organisations have a role to play in holding accountable those in power and should not become subservient to authority.
Speaking here on Saturday at an event organised to commemorate RSS veteran Dattopant Thengadi, founder of Sangh labour affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bhagwat 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.
Bhagwat said there could be individuals in power who want to bring about change but were bogged down by flaws in the system.
“Changing the system will come from awakening people and strengthening people’s organisation and from such people who shun power...this is what Dattopant Thengadi believed in,” he said.
The RSS chief spoke of Thengadi, who he said was not a confrontationist, and chose alternatives that could often be seen to be a middle path.
“What is the guarantee that the governing system (satta) will follow the Constitution? The guarantee is vigilant citizens led by people's organisations and hence, they should not be lackeys of power,” he said.
“People's organisations should stay away from politics of power...Power is a system. Being a part of system, power never helps bring changes. In power, there are several persons who want changes, but their hands are tied due to the system of power,” Bhagwat said.
Speaking about the life of Thengadi, Bhagwat said that everyone should follow his life. “We have to see his (Thengadi) life as per his ideology. We also have to see what emotions he filled in the organisations.”