Agra: Faced with a volley of complaints and demands from teachers at an event in Uttar Pradesh, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat told them he was not a “messenger” of the BJP-led central government and they should approach human resources and development minister Prakash Javadekar.
Addressing about 2000 young couples on Sunday at another function, Bhagwat urged them to work for family values and help inculcate patriotic sentiments in children.
On the first day of his visit on Saturday, the RSS chief took part in Vishwavidhyalayi Avam Mahavidhyalayi Shaikshik Sammelan, a conference in which teachers from 11 west Uttar Pradesh districts participated.
Bhagwat asked the teachers to be agents of change and strengthen national sentiments in the students.
He said he was aware of the problems in the educational field but he was not a representative of the NDA government.
The audience included university teachers, academics and a large number of teachers from schools in Agra and neighbouring districts.
The teachers raised a number of their grievances but Bhagwat said RSS was an independent outfit and they will have to raise their issues with the government.
“I know all of you are thinking that I am a messenger of the government but that is not true. I won’t be able to help you with issues like pension, work place harassment and others.
“I would request you to please write to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.”
He, however, promised he would try to present their case before the government.
On the issue of India’s allegedly declining Hindu population, Bhagwat blamed the current social environment.
“Which law says that the population of Hindus should not rise? What is stopping them when population of others is rising. The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this,” the RSS chief said.
Bhagwat today addressed young couples at the Agra College as part of his four-day stay in the city to interact with groups representing various social strata and professions.
“Talking about the nomenclature of the RSS,” the Hindu reported, “Bhagwat invoked the JNU controversy and said, ‘Our [RSS] name does not start with ‘Hindu’ or ‘bharatiya’ but ‘rashtriya’ because it’s all synonymous’.”