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Kailash Satyarthi to be chief guest at RSSVijayadashmi 2018


Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi will attend the Vijayadashmi event of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as Chief Guest at the Reshmibagh Maidan in Nagpur on October 18.

The event will take place a day before Dussehra, which falls on October 19 this year. During the function, which is held every year to mark the formation of RSS on Vijayadashmi in 1925, chief of the organisation addresses the workers.

The annual Vijayadashami speech is the most-watched event in the RSS’s almanac; it is on this day that the RSS chief makes a speech outlining the organisation’s focus areas and also comments on topics related to national politics and social issues.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has invited Nobel Prize winner and social activist Kailash Satyarthi to be the chief guest at the Vijayadashmi programme to mark its foundation day at its headquarters in Nagpur on October 18, two RSS functionaries aware of the developments said.

According to the two functionaries, the Noble prize winner, whose organisation rescues children from illegal labour and trafficking would attend the function where RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is scheduled to make a speech. The event is attended by Sangh cadre as well as senior ministers in the BJP, which is the political offshoot of the RSS.

The annual Vijayadashami speech is the most-watched event in the RSS’s almanac; it is on this day that the RSS chief makes a speech outlining the organisation’s focus areas and also comments on topics related to national politics and social issues.

On whether the RSS has made a conscious decision to choose a non- political and non-religious person as chief guest before the country heads into elections, the second functionary said, the decision was not weighed for its political impact.

“The Vijaydashami day is important for the RSS as it was on this day in 1925 that the organisation was set up Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. It is a function that is organised purely keeping the Sangh at the centre. The selection of chief guest is in keeping with the Sangh’s efforts to reach out to a cross section of people and strengthen its outreach.

2017, the RSS invited Sant Nirmal Das Maharaj, a Dalit Sikh religious leader from Jalandhar whose followers include the Ravidassia community and Jat Sikhs, as the chief guest. The move was seen as an attempt by the organisation to buttress its efforts to connect with the Dalits, as it was the first time that a Dalit leader was invited as the chief guest at the event.


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