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'Taliban May Have Changed but Pakistan Has Not': RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat During Vijaya Dashami Speech

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the launch of a book on Veer Savarkar on Oct 12, 2021. (Image: @rajnathsingh/Twitter)

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the launch of a book on Veer Savarkar on Oct 12, 2021. (Image: @rajnathsingh/Twitter)

This is the second consecutive year when RSS has not invited any guest for the annual Vijaya Dashami address by its Sarsanghchalak here.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday during his annual Vijaya Dashami address took potshots at Pakistan. He also alerted India to be wary of Taliban. He was speaking at RSS headquarters in Nagpur.

“Some say Taliban is reformed now, some say it is the same old. We should be wary and cautious. Taliban may have changed but Pakistan has not," said Bhagwat.

Ahead of his speech, Bhagwat performed ‘Shastra Pooja’ at RSS headquarters. He also paid floral tribute to “Poojaneeya Dr Hedgewar and Poojaneeya Guruji Golwalkar."

“We know Taliban’s history… China and Pakistan support it to this day… Even if the Taliban changed, Pakistan didn’t… Has China’s intentions towards India changed.? Our border security needs to be strengthened," he added.

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“Poojaneeya Sarsanghchalak, Dr Mohan ji Bhagwat offered his respects at the samadhi Sthal of Poojaneeya Dr Hedgewar and Poojaneeya Guruji Golwalkar," RSS tweeted.

The Vijaya Dashami address of the RSS chief is considered the most important event for the organisation as it is during his address future plans and vision are put forth for all to follow. It is from this stage that RSS stand on many issues of national importance is known.

However, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to refrain from inviting any chief guest for the annual Vijaya Dashami address.

This is the second consecutive year when RSS has not invited any guest for the annual Vijaya Dashami address by its Sarsanghchalak here.

In the previous years, the Vijaya Dashami programme has witnessed the presence of several prominent personalities including former President Pranab Mukherjee, HCL chief Shiv Nadar and child rights activist and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami, according to the Hindu calendar is celebrated on the 10th day after the 9 days of Navratri festivities in the month of Ashvina.

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first published:October 15, 2021, 10:12 IST