Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday admitted that the Congress party played a major role in India freedom movement and produced many great personalities.
Speaking at the first day of "Bhavishya Ka Bharat - An RSS Perspective" conclave, Bhagwat said, "Congress played a big role in the freedom movement and gave India many great personalities."
The RSS and the Congress are the sworn enemies of each other. While RSS’s ideology symbolises the extreme Hindutva, the Congress’ ideology is more liberal.
The Congress party accuses the RSS, which is also the ideological patriarch of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of being the brainchild behind the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi – the leader of India’s freedom movement.
The Sangh chief, however, hailed the Hindutva organisation and said that “the work RSS does is incomparable."
Watch Mohan Bhagwat's full speech at Bhavishya Ka Bharat - An RSS Perspective" conclave
Speaking about the culture of the country, Bhagwat said that India’s diversity must be celebrated and should not the reason for discord in the society.
"India's diversity must be respected, celebrated and it should not be a reason for any discord in society," the RSS chief said. RSS often faces the allegations of promoting divisive ideology and attacking minorities by its critics.