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