RSS, is the world’s largest voluntary organization whose ideology is based on the principle of selfless service to India.
The organisation initially drew inspiration from European right-wing groups during World War II. Gradually RSS has grown into an extremely prominent Hindu nationalist umbrella organisation and by the 1990s, allied organisations had established numerous schools, charities and clubs to spread its ideological beliefs. The legacy still continues.
But, the credit of keeping the original ideology of RSS intact goes to one other than RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat. Because amidst all the criticism and controversies RSS has never deviated itself from its original ideology.
Here are a few lesser known facts about him:
- RSS Family:
Mohan Bhagwat was born in Chandrapur, Maharashtra. He belongs to Brahmin community. Most of his family members are RSS activists. His father Madhukar Rao Bhagwat, was the Karyavah for the Chandrapur zone and later a Prant Pracharak for Gujarat. His mother Malati was also a member of the RSS Women’s Wing.
Mohan Bhagwat is the eldest son of his parents and has two younger brothers who are also RSS workers and a sister.
- Mohan Bhagwat’s Education:
Bhagwat completed his schooling from Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya. Inspired by freedom fighters like Lokmanya Tilak and Bhagat Singh, he always wanted to serve his country in one way or the other.
As his family member were active members of RSS, he too was interested to join RSS since his childhood.
He completed his BSc from the Janata College in Chandrapur, he did his graduation in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry from Government Veterinary College, Nagpur. Later on, he enrolled himself in a Post Graduate degree in Veterinary Sciences. But, as he wanted to join RSS he dropped out of his post graduate course to become a Pracharak of the RSS.
- RSS Journey:
He became ‘Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Pramukh’ for India, 1991 to 1999. He was further promoted as ‘Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh,’.
After working underground during the Emergency, Bhagwat became the ‘Pracharak’ of Akola in Maharashtra in 1977 and rose within the organization responsible for Nagpur and Vidarbha regions.
In 2000, Rajendra Singh and H. V. Sheshadri decided to step down as RSS Chief and General Secretary respectively due to poor health, K. S. Sudarshan was nominated as the new chief and Bhagwat became ‘Sarkaryavah.’
Bhagwat was chosen as the Sarsanghchalak of the RSS on 21 March 2009. He is one of the youngest leaders to head the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh after K. B. Hedgewar and M. S. Golwalkar.
- Bhagwat is well connected and protected in India:
Bhagwat was given Z+ VVIP security in 2015 due to the high threat perception from various Islamic organizations. With the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) being his cover, Bhagwat is one of the most protected Indian.
Mohan Bhagwat has faced several controversies in his lifetime but has faced them with courage. He is known for his bold and fearful nature. Bhagwat is one of the most respected individuals within RSS.