Ci­ti­zen groups must hold ne­tas ac­count­able, says RSS chief

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

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.”

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