End casteism : Ram Madhav

via Mahadev published on April 14, 2006

RSS National Executive member, Mr Ram Madhav has exhorted the people to fight against casteism, a social evil on which the politicians are thriving.


 


Delivering the keynote address at a function here to release a 12-volume Malayalam version of the collected works of the former RSS ‘Sarsanghchalak’ M S Golwalkar (Guruji) ‘Sree Guruji Sahithya Sarvaswom’, Mr Ram Madhav said that there was no justification for the caste system. “Where is the sanction for dividing people into upper and lower castes. The concept of caste was created in a particular context. But, everyone should change with the changing world. One good custom today can corrupt the world tomorrow. Unfortunately, politicians thrive on caste differences”,  he pointed out.


 


“By remaining out of power, RSS is working towards achieving social, economic and moral independence of this country”, he said. But, “we(RSS) are pounced upon by our friends. We are condemned as fundamentalists and anti-secularist. Any talk of culture, dharma, religious value in the country becomes anti-secular in this country”, he said.”Culture forms the basis for any national sentiment to evolve”, he pointed out.


Ram Madhav quoted a Washington-based professor Walter Anderson, who in his research paper on RSS, ‘Brotherhood in Saffron’, observed that “RSS is very difficult to understand but very easy to misunderstand”.


 


“When Guruji (Golwalkar) spoke of cultural nationalism, the RSS was pounced upon and condemned as fundamentalist and anti-secular”. Mr Madhav said that Mahatma Gandhi having realised that moral decline was setting in the Congress after independence had advocated the disbanding of the party for transforming it into a ‘lok sevak sangh’. While the Congress leaders thought that there was nothing wrong in enjoying power, the RSS alone realised that only by remaining outside the power structure, can the nation be served,” he said.


 


Observing that a “terrible degree of degeneration had crept in the social, economic and moral spheres of the country,” the RSS leader said ‘dharma’ could not be protected by preserving temples, monuments or epics such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. “Dharma can be preserved only when the ‘dharmi'(one who practices dharma) is preserved. This is the vision and mission of Guruji which the RSS is advocating,” he added.


 


The veteran RSS leader and former Baudhik Pramukh Mr R Hari, who translated


the Hindi version of ‘Guruji Samagraha’ into Malayalam, said that it took nearly seven months to complete the work.


 


The first copy of the book was received by Swami Swaprabhananda, Head of the Ramakrishna Ashram, Palai.

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