Power alone can’t bring about so­cial change, says RSS gen secy

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Am­bar­ish.Mishra @times­group.com

Mum­bai: RSS stal­wart Bhayyaji Joshi’s speech in the city on Thurs­day ex­press­ing con­cern over con­cen­tra­tion of power in the hands of politi­cians has cre­ated a flut­ter in the BJP. Joshi is the ‘sar saha karyawah’ or gen­eral sec­re­tary of the RSS and is con­sid­ered to be the Hin­dutva out­fit’s key strate­gist. “Power alone can’t bring about so­cial trans­for­ma­tion. Change will hap­pen only be­cause of vi­brant so­cial agen­cies,” he said.

Op­pos­ing the trend of po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in mat­ters of pub­lic im­por­tance, Joshi said top In­dian sci­en­tists such as Dr Homi Bhabha, Dr Vikram Sarab­hai and Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam are re­mem­bered and revered even to­day as they gave their best to the coun­try. “And there was no po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in their work,” he re­called.

Stat­ing that a leader as­sumes un­bri­dled power in democ­racy, Joshi said, “Politi­cians see noth­ing wrong in this. How­ever, the un­for­tu­nate part is that even so­ci­ety en­dorses this view. So­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity shouldn’t be seen as a means to gar­ner power... In democ­racy Bhayyaji Joshi one ac­quires rights, but this gives rise to power and, in turn, van­ity,” Joshi said. He was ad­dress­ing a con­clave of busi­ness­men and Sangh ac­tivists at a Shivaji Park au­di­to­rium. The meet­ing was held un­der the aegis of the city unit of the Bharat Vikas Par­ishad.

Tak­ing a dig at power-seek­ers, Joshi said, “Those who ask for votes un­der the pre­text of lok seva (serv­ing peo­ple) are not to be seen any­where af­ter de­feat. Worse, those who win the elec­tion lack pub­lic spirit and self­less­ness.”

Un­der­scor­ing the need for so­cial forces to shape pol­i­tics, Joshi said, “To­day one sees po- li­tics try­ing to in­flu­ence so­cial forces... In fact, so­cial themes should shape pol­i­tics... If you take a close look at his­tory you will re­alise that so­cial forces and pol­i­tics were two dif­fer­ent as­pects of our pub­lic life. The king’s job was to en­sure se­cu­rity and safety of cit­i­zens, draw strate­gies to im­prove ties with other coun­tries and cre­ate a so- und in­fra­struc­ture to en­sure so­cial jus­tice. The king never in­ter­fered with the so­cial sys­tem and vice versa. The two agen­cies func­tioned in close col­lab­o­ra­tion based on mu­tual trust and di­vi­sion of labour.”

Point­ing out that In­dia still holds in es­teem kings of yore such as Har­ishchan­dra, Shali­va­han and Vikra­ma­ditya be­cause they har­nessed power for peace and so­cial good, Joshi said, “There was no po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence... But there are no kings to­day. Democ­racy doesn’t be­lieve in roy­alty. To­day, you may find four kings only in the game of cards.”

Joshi ex­pressed dis­may over courts de­cid­ing re­li­gious mat­ters. With­out di­rectly re­fer­ring to the SC judge­ment al­low­ing en­try of women of all ages into the Sabari­mala tem­ple, Joshi said, “One is pained to see re­li­gious seers seek­ing jus­tice from a court,” he said.

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