Published On : Wed, Sep 12th, 2018

RSS to Invite 60 Countries For 3-day Lecture Series; Pakistan to be Kept Out

New Delhi: For its three-day lecture series next week, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) would be sending out invitations to diplomatic missions of around 60 countries, but the invitees won’t include Pakistan, said a report on Wednesday. The series will be addressed by chief Mohan Bhagwat, who will also take questions from the audience. The Sangh has reached out to all national political parties and prominent regional parties, said The Indian Express. Invitees would also include representatives of industry, media and other sectors. (Also read: Cong Warns Rahul Against Accepting RSS Invite)

“Invitations will be sent to embassies of most Asian countries excluding Pakistan. Pakistan will not be invited because that country supports terror, kills Indian soldiers at borders and its relations with India are strained,” an RSS functionary told the daily, adding that the Embassy of China will be invited because China has “cultural similarities with India”.

The three-day lecture series, called ‘Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective’, begins on September 17. In a press conference earlier, RSS All India Prachar Pramukh Arun Kumar had announced the lecture series. On the first two days, Bhagwat would speak about the organisation’s vision and ideology as also current topics of interest in India, like reservation. On these two days, written questions will be gathered from the audience. “As different people may ask the same questions, such questions could be shortlisted. And sarsanghchalak ji in his replies will cover almost all the questions during the concluding day,” said an RSS functionary to the daily.

Sources said that the RSS will send invitations to heads of all national political parties, asking them to grace the occasion with some party members. “Among state parties, invitations will be sent to those parties that have a strong base in different states and enjoy public support and often raise questions related to RSS, like TMC, Samajwadi Party, DMK and others,” a source told the daily.