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Trolling is below the belt, RSS doesn’t back it: Bhagwat

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Trolling is below the belt, RSS doesn’t back it: Bhagwat

Against the backdrop of accusations that Sangh Parivar supporters often went out of the way to target their critics on social media platforms, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday made it clear that his organisation doesn’t support online trolling.

“We don’t support trolling and aggressive behaviour on the internet,” Bhagwat said while addressing over 50 diplomats in Delhi at the seventh Breakfast Briefing organised by India Foundation.

“Trolling amounts to hitting below the belt. We do not support those who display such aggressive nature,” Bhagwat was quoted in a series of tweets posted by Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash, who was present at the event.

Prasar Bharati is a broadcasting agency which runs the public broadcaster Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Besides addressing the diplomats, Bhagwat answered questions at the event organised by the India Foundation, a right-leaning think tank.

The RSS chief was also quoted as saying that the Sangh Parivar does not believe in discrimination.

“No discrimination and oneness of our nation and oneness of the world is our goal,” said another tweet by Surya Prakash quoting Bhagwat.

He told the diplomats that the RSS runs 1.70 lakh service projects in various fields, including health, education, rural development. He invited them to attend the organisation’s shakhas or camps and “experience the Sangh culture.

On the RSS’ relationship with the BJP, the parivar chief reiterated that the Sangh does not interfere in the party’s affairs.

“The Sangh does not run the BJP. The BJP does not run the Sangh. As Swayamsevaks we consult and exchange notes but we are independent in functioning,” said BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav in a tweet quoting the RSS chief.

Madhav, who was in-charge of media and public relations of the RSS for a number of years before moving to the BJP, is a director of the India Foundation along with Surya Prakash.



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