#RajdeepSardesai asks #RamMadhav a question: Who is the most powerful person in the country, #RSS head Mohan Bhagwat or the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi?
Ram Madhav replies: India is a democracy and in India the power ultimately lies with the people. (The audience clap, I clap.) The #RashtriyaSwayamsevakSangh (RSS) is very difficult to understand and very easy to misunderstand. In India, even today, very few journalists understand how this influential organization functions and what its goals are.
The RSS has undergone tremendous changes since the 1990s. In the past three decades the organisation has expanded rapidly to it current direct reach of 10 - 15% of the entire population. This rapid expansion has featured the inclusion of various affiliates, and through these affiliated organisation RSS penetrates into all parts of the country. These affiliates have helped shape the overall view of the organisation. What the affiliates are interested in, RSS is interested in.Currently RSS even accepts Muslims and Christians as well as members of all communities into the organisation. Apart from this there is increasing use of mediation within the organisation, and within RSS opposing views exist.
Decisions in the organisation are reached in a similar manner as a democracy, such as the “internationalized” debate about RSS changing from shorts to pants, a debate which took four years to complete and views from all sections of RSS, from the highest to the lowest ranks were taken into consideration.
Despite these changes there are also various other aspects of RSS which have not changed - various aspects of the administrative structure has not changed as well as the training units of RSS.
RSS faces three key challenges in the future -
1. Tackling caste hierarchy as well as the notion of caste itself. Caste undermines the long term goal of unity, a foundational feature of RSS.
2. Extremists on the right wing feel encouraged by BJPs victory and resort to violence. RSS needs to tackle this long term.
3. RSS needs to address the divide between rural and urban India better.
RSS today is ready to compromise if those compromises help India retain its integrity.