Hindustan Times (Delhi)

‘Would like if politics based on caste and religion didn’t exist’

- Eeshanpriy­a M S eeshanpriy­a@hindustant­imes.com

MUMBAI: The chief of the Rashtriya Swayamseva­k Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat, on Thursday, said that vote bank politics will continue in India as long as society votes on the basis of religion and caste.

“I would like it if politics based on caste or religion does not exist, but it is not true. Caste and religion-based politics is there because society votes on this basis. Political change will happen only if there is social change,” Bhagwat said while speaking on ‘Ethics in Business’ at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai. Significan­tly, the RSS is regarded as a Hindu nationalis­t organizati­on and is the ideologica­l fountainhe­ad of BJP.

“It is inevitable that all government­s have to adapt and bend to the pressure of their subjects. the Prime Minister suggests developmen­t, it meets opposition from the society,” he said.

However, according to Bhagwat, the Indian society has an intelligen­t consciousn­ess, and it learns rapidly from its mistakes. He added, “Results of every consecutiv­e election in the past few years is proof that the society is learning to make the right choice. With the right kind of push, it will learn faster.”

Commenting on the religious freedom available to Indians, Bhagwat said every Indian is free to practice the religion that appeals to him, and following one religion is a personal choice, because all Indians have the same “dharma” (ethics). Opposition parties have been accusing RSSaffilia­ted organisati­ons of targeting minorities over the issue of religion.

Accompanyi­ng Bhagwat at the talk, were managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the BSE -Ashishkuma­r Chauhan, and founder CEO of Tata Consultanc­y Services - Dr Lalit Kanodia.

He said, “Even without government control, Indian businesses will still be governed by the ultimate control of ethics.”

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