Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday said the `Akhand Bharat’ or undivided India will be a reality before today’s young generation gets old.
Replying to a question by a student at an event here, he said he can not tell exactly when the Akhand Bharat will come into existence. ”But if you go on working for it, you will see it materialise before you get old. Because the conditions are becoming such that those who separated from India feel that they made a mistake. They feel that `we should have been India again’. They think that for becoming India they need to erase the lines on the map. But it is not so. Being India is accepting the nature (”swabhav”) of India,” the RSS chief said.
To a question about the claims that the RSS did not hoist the national flag at its headquarters in Mahal area here from 1950 to 2002, Bhagwat said, ”Every year on August 15 and January 26 we hoist the national flag, wherever we are. There is flag-hoisting at both our campuses in Mahal and Reshimbagh in Nagpur. People should not ask this question to us.” He then recalled an incident during the Congress’s Tejpur convention near Jalgaon in 1933 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the national flag on an 80-feet pole.
The flag got stuck midway in front of a crowd of about 10,000, but a youth came forward, climbed the pole and freed it, he said.
Nehru asked the youth to be present at the convention the next day for felicitation, but it did not happen because some people told Nehru that the youth attended an RSS `shakha’ (daily assembly), Bhagwat claimed.
When (RSS founder) Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar learnt this, he visited the youth’s house and praised him, the RSS chief said.
The youth’s name was Kishan Singh Rajput, he added.
”The RSS has been associated with the honour of the national flag from the very first time it faced a problem. We also hoist the national flag on these two days (August 15 and January 26)….But whether it is hoisted or not, when it comes to the honour of the national flag, our swayamsevak (RSS volunteer) has been in the forefront and ready to give his life,” Bhagwat said.
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