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Ganguly, Pathan same to us: RSS
January 22, 2006 22:15 IST
Last Updated: January 22, 2006 22:16 IST
In a marked departure from its rigid ideological position, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has said "everything is changeable" about it except its concept of India as a Hindu nation, and that its volunteers were free to join any political party.
In an interview to RSS mouthpiece 'Panchjanya', Sangh's influential General Secretary Mohan Bhagwat said it did not
"The RSS volunteer has full freedom to experiment in the interest of work. Balasaheb was once asked by former RSS Chief Deoras what is changeable and unchangeable in the Sangh and his response was apart from India being a Hindu nation, everything was changeable," Bhagwat said.
"We consider as 'Hindu force' or 'Human force' all those who work for the welfare of society and the nation with credibility, without getting into intricacies of Hindu and Western values. President A P J Abdul Kalam also comes in the
Asked whether both Pathan and Ganguly were equal to RSS, he said, "Why should we differentiate? Both belong to us. If any person earns his livelihood in conformity with values of sports, plays for the country, with credibility and not
To a question whether RSS volunteers were free to join any political party, he said "yes. We are not into politics,