Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwa warned the society of "Cultural Marxism" on Tuesday as he addressed the customary Vijayadashmi Utsav at Reshimbag maidan at Nagpur. He described cultural Marxism as "selfish, discriminatory and deceitful" forces seeking "sectarian interests" by taking "control of the media and academia" and plunging the nation into "confusion, chaos, and corruption". These "destructive forces" call themselves "woke" and claim to be working for some "lofty goals", but their real goals are to disrupt restraint in the world, he said.
Bhagwat also said that a society that is divided and entangled in mutual conflicts and confusion becomes weak and easily and unknowingly falls prey to these destructive forces that are seeking their own dominance everywhere and added that in Bharatiya tradition, this style of functioning which creates disbelief, confusion and mutual hatred among the people of any particular nation is called 'Mantra Viplav'.
Bhagwat calls for unity
"The right answer to this ‘Mantra Viplav’ has to be found only through the unity of the society. This constant and unfailing sense of unity is the key element that keeps the conscience of the society awake," Bhagwat added further.
Citing the case of Manipur as an example of ‘Mantra Viplav’, Bhagwat said, "Manipur, which had been peaceful for almost a decade, has suddenly seen mutual discord and conflict. Who has a vested interest in trying to disturb the atmosphere? Which are the forces that are attempting to trigger hatred and violence by causing an incident as soon as any positive step is taken for peace?"
"To resolve this vexed problem, we would need a strong political will, concurrent actions and efficiency. Simultaneously, the enlightened leadership of the society will also have to play a special role in bridging the gap of mutual distrust that has arisen due to the unfortunate situation between the two communities," Bhagwat said adding that the RSS swayamsevaks are continuously and dedicatedly serving everyone and organising relief work, while appealing to the positive, influential people of the society to help bring peace.
He also warned the people that such attacks would rise as we approach the general elections of 2024. He also appealed to people to vote in the elections. "It is our duty as citizens of a democratic country," he said.
Elements essential for national integration
Bhagwat also spoke about three elements essential for national integration -- devotion to the motherland, pride in forefathers and common culture. He said even faiths that have "come from outside" must adhere to these elements.
"Three elements (devotion to motherland, pride in forefathers & common culture) make us one nation by tying together all diversities of language, region, religion, sect, caste, sub-caste etc. Even those who follow faiths which have come from outside must follow these three elements," he said.
Inauguration for the Ram Temple at Ayodhya will take place on January 22, Bhagwat said while appealing to people to hold functions in their nearby temples to commemorate the event.
Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan was the chief guest at today's ceremony. "One should be proud of our cultural heritage. We have so much to be proud of in the field of Music, and I have been making a conscious attempt to preserve and pass on this heritage to the next generation. We have a music school spread across 90 countries across the globe where Indian classical music is being taught," he said in his speech while thanking Bhagwat for inviting him as the chief guest for the function. "I feel honoured and privileged being here as the chief guest," Mahadevan said.