US Ambassador meets Mohan Bhagwat

RSS spokesperson Sunil Ambekar confirmed the meeting but did not elaborate on discussions between the two.

US Ambassador to India Atul Keshap met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Delhi on Wednesday. “Good discussion with @RSSorg Shri Mohan Bhagwat about how India’s tradition of diversity, democracy, inclusivity, and pluralism can ensure the vitality and strength of a truly great nation,” Keshap tweeted.

RSS spokesperson Sunil Ambekar confirmed the meeting but did not elaborate on discussions between the two.

Recently, ambassadors of Germany and Australia had also met Bhagwat. In July, 2019, German Ambassador Walter J Lindner had met Bhagwat at Nagpur.

“Visit of Headquarters of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) in Nagpur and long meeting with its Sarsanghchalak (Chief) Dr Mohan Bhagwat,” Linder wrote on Twitter then. He also alluded to the organisation’s perception as controversial. “Founded 1925, it is world’s largest voluntary organisation – though not uncontroversialy perceived throughout its history…,” he tweeted.

More than a year later, Australia’s high commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell AO met Bhagwat at Nagpur in Nov. 2019.

“I met with sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat who shared relief measures the organisation has adopted across during these challenging times,” he wrote on Twitter.

The engagements come two years after the Sangh reached out to representatives of around 60 countries in India. In a three day lecture organised at Vigyan Bhawan in Sept. 2018, the RSS had invited ambassadors of 60 countries, excluding Pakistan.

In a speech at the event, Bhagwat had  said that RSS was the most democratic institution, and that it did not impose its ideology or remote controls its affiliate organisations.

The RSS chief had also said then that India’s diversity must be respected, celebrated and it should not be a reason for any discord in society. He spoke extensively about the evolution of the nearly nine-decade-old RSS and its vision for an inclusive India.

“Hindutva binds us together and our vision of Hindutva is not to oppose or demean anyone,” he added. Bhagwat had said the event had been organised for a better understanding of the organisation to outsiders.

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