Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will host a rare interaction with foriegn media on September 24. The purpose of the intercation is to clear foriegn media's "misconception" towards RSS and give them the firsthand account of our's perspective, RSS spokesperson Rajiv Tuli told Newsnation.in.
"We felt that there is a curiosity in media, national and foriegn, to know about the RSS. We organised a series of interactions for national media in the past but foreign media left out. So we decided to organise a special session of international journalists with our chief Mohan Bhagwatji," Tuli said.
The RSS spokesman said that all the information international media has about the organisation was based on the secondhand account, thus there is a misconception about the Sangh.
"They (foriegn media) doesn't have much of clarity about us. So we want them to have a clarity about RSS and who else would be better than the Sarsanghchalak himself. Also, they have a lot of misconceptions about RSS. What ever infromation they ahve about us is based on secondhand account. that is not directly from Sangh," he said.
In a one hour interaction, first Mohan Bhagwat will give journalists from across the world a perspective of the Sangh and then will take questions from them. The proceedings will be without camera and reporting of the interaction will not be allowed.
Many, including the Opposition Congress, consider RSS, the ideological mother of the ruling BJP, as a radical right wing organisation that promotes hatred and intolerance in the coutnry. In order to get rid of the image, it has been making concious efforts over the last few years.
Earlier last year, the RSS had organised a three-day lecture series - "Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective" - for a select audience comprising prominent citizens of the country. During the series, Bhagwat had presented RSS' perspective on various issues or national importance. In similar efforts, the Sangh had also invited former president and veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee at its Nagpur headquarters.