Country needs RSS more than ever to inculcate patriotism: S M Krishna


Bengaluru, Oct 27 (IANS): Former external affairs minister, S. M. Krishna on Monday asserted that the country needs the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today more than ever not only to inculcate patriotism but also express it.

Delivering a customary presidential address as part Vijayadashmi celebrations at the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh's residential branch in Sheshadripura Nagar here, Krishna said that one should imbibe patriotism and also express it.

The veteran socialist leader joined the Congress in early 60s, staying on till 2017 and made a "U" turn to join the BJP.

Even to this day, Krishna's tenure as Congress party CM between 1999-2004 is termed as golden era for Bengaluru as the city was transformed from Garden City to Silicon Valley of Asia with several Fortune 500 companies setting up their offices here.

He also served as Maharashtra governor and had a stint as external affairs minister during UPA-2.

Contending that RSS is not a political institution, Krishna added that RSS was built in 1925 with a foresight to build a strong country.

"It was Dr Hedgewar's vision to build an organisation to prepare the country for the challenges post independence. Besides, strongly believing in Indian culture and values are aligned to the concept of 'Vasudaiva Kutumbakam' (The world is one family)," he maintained.

He also added that he arrived to this programme out of reverence for the RSS' work.

"I have served the political field for a long time. I grew up in the Ramakrishna Ashram and was inspired by Paramahamsa and Vivekananda. I believe the country needs RSS today more than ever," he reiterated.

The former external affairs minister said he took note of RSS quite late in his life. "There are lakhs of RSS workers who have dedicated themselves to the service of the nation. This is patriotism. If the young are sensitised early in life, it will help them comprehend this country better," he added.

Recalling an incident during his tenure as a parliamentarian, Krishna said that while interacting with some RSS workers, he learnt that then RSS chief used to travel by train.

"This simplicity we must inculcate. As Kennedy said, ask not what your country gave you, instead ask what you gave the country, the people of India need to find the answer to the question. We all spend a lot of time on self development and for our family. Everyone including Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Jains must ask themselves how much time each is devoting for the country," he said.

Emphasising that democracy in India was robust, Krishna said that the institutions like the Election Commission are committed to safeguarding democracy.

"When Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost majority, he readily gave up power with a smiling face. This balanced state of mind even while relinquishing is intrinsic to Hinduism and such equanimity isn't part of other cultures," Krishna pointed out.

The former external affairs minister also stressed the need for education reforms. "Our present education is imparted as per the English system. We need a total overhaul of the entire education system. Unfortunately, education being a state subject, the Centre is not able to intervene and bring in big reforms. We need big reforms in present education too," he argued.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, MALAD-MALWANI

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    What a great enlightenment which has taken so many years to realise and has been shared now after joining BJP. Simply giving back nothing else.

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    What all changed after 2014? We all criticizing Congress Govt, Hindus, Muslims and Christians without any fear or fear of grudge. Now if anybody speak against Modi and BJP those people start avoiding from any discussions even I am Hindu and appreciated BJP when they started to rule in 2014. RSS or BJP should understand that no one is anti national in India, every one is patriotic and ready to die for country when there is need. However in the fear of patriotism BJP is demolishing our social fabric, economic stability, happiness and peace.

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  • Manu, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Tit for tat, CONgres used to support minority & BJP utilised this opportunity to woo majority & succeeded. Double standard of CONgress exposed & minority people used to enjoy a lot but now they understood the realty. I will not blame all minority people but large section of people still say Religion First Nation Next.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    SM Krishna should have worn the RSS uniform while giving the speech. The six years of BJP rule has exposed the RSS for remaining silent on all national issues and allowing the country to drift aimlessly. Ready to compromise on Corruption for the sake of political power. While claiming to be a social organisation before 2014, they are masters at political games and with the BJP have vitiated the political atmosphere across the country and permitted the damaging of all Constitutional Institutions and virtually destroying democracy with Resort politics and Corruption.

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  • ayes p., kudla/ ksa

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    "ghaar ka na ghaat ka" abhi rss ka

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Krishna needs bjpee and RSs more than ever ...need money from bjpeeeee

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  • CHRISTINE, MANGALORE

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Dear Former C M and Congress leader Krishna Sir,

    Congress over, BJP also joined. Why cant you join RSS. We want to see you with RSS dress and thus showing patriotism. Sir please.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    CHRISTINE, MANGALORE

    You never demanded SMK for dressing like MK Gandhi... Now why are you demanding?

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    What is the problem......RSRB.....SMK might look great in the outfit.

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  • Alfria, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    RSRB: he was a congress leader and he used to dress like a congress man, no one in congress dressed like mahatma Gandhi, that trademark was exclusive for gandhisim if you don't believe Google it but get yourself educated before commenting.

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  • Rajesh Kumar, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Post independence Rss has done many good work for the nation.

    My only one problem with RSS is its founder as he wrote in many letters and gathering many followers to join hands with British to fight against the Netaji Bose and its Indian National Army.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Rajesh Kumar, Mumbai

    How did you come to know this? It is Congress which joined hands with British, in fact even Congress is formed by British as their Team B.

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  • Wilfred, Karnataka

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Mr KrishnaJee,now the time for the rest, enjoy the life, then only at the end of the life people will remember your good deeds , you can not be CM or Central Minister please enjoy the retiree life of few days.

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  • Kiran Kumar, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    It seems like S.M Krishan got enlightened at very late. Or his statements may be made under the duress.

    I agree with his statement if RSS get registered itslef under any law such trust act or society act as NGO.

    Why to stay elusive and remain as non registered organization ? I understand under British rules it is risky move but now it must be registered so that one can join them easily.

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  • Alfria, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    All of a sudden again he has started praising RSS and BJP, is there any new case come up ???

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  • Dr. Haneef Shabab, Bhatkal

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Fooling people and enjoying life is the only mantra of these "girgat" family politicians.
    Ideology gayi bhaad me !!!

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  • Pnto, Mglr

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Can u show your patriotism in action by going to the Nation's boarder n drawing the army dress just for a month. Don't preach for u patriotism is hiding your wrongs n preaching.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Mr. SMNK
    you are enjoyed your "Jawani" during congress era ruled in India and you full filled your dream and tasted CM, Central Minister and Governor post under Congress sponsorship, now the situation has turned, RSS sponsored BJP ruling the central unfortunately in your retirement age you migrated to BJP and Now you teaching us "patriotism" lesson.
    I bet, if the Congress ruled central Govt today then your are sitting as "Governor" Post somewhere in India State at the age of 88 !!!

    Anyway "chameleon" examples suit for you, Such type of leaders showing their true face of power hungry politics and most of are from Congress!!!

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    this guy hoping for Bharath Ratna by visiting RSS office and praising... similar to Pranab case...

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Krishna saved from corruption by joining BJP now to lead his remaining life he is sucking RSS feet.

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  • Raj, mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    The man who enjoyed every positions till the CM of Karnataka under the only one true patriotic political party and now Mr. ditched barking after losing his mental balance.

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  • Pathuraja, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Now the old unwanted faces are coming out, its funny. Yesterday was Poojari now today Krishna??

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    According to BJP patriotism is only restricted to them and all others are non patriotic . SM Krishna got all benifits and made his money from congress and then jumped to BJP where he is now sidelined and he has no where to go. May be he is thinking of some job with RSS.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    No one needs to learn Patriotism from fascist religious bigots.

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  • Manu, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    How can you expect patriotism when one could convert themselves for some benefit, hate India & support other country. We have only India but others have many countries of their religion. So we need to protect our country.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Agree, We need to protect India from Modi's BJP whose single agenda is religion-based politics. Talk to BJP about development and they will divert your attention to religion. SAD!!!

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  • Raj, mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    India is never been considered as religious country like Iran, Pakistan etc.. No countries in US and Europe are considered as christian countries. religion doesn't make countries but countries allow practicing religion. India is constitutional country not a hindu country.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Does he know what he spoke or the place ?

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  • Harish Hegde, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    this guy is a traitor...

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    so was Mr. sorry varkar.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Harish Hegde, Mangalore

    During Moghul time, all Hindus are branded as traitors...
    We Hindus are not used to such kind of blames...

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  • Tweak, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Does mercy petitions come under Patriotism?

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    D K Shivkumar's daughter is marrying SM Krishna's grandson, why do we guys debate his statement ....

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  • John Tauro, M'luru

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Even Sharad Pawar's daughter married late Bal Thackeray's nephew while they were bitter opponents in politics. That's why it is said that in politics there are neither friends nor foes.

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  • Manoj Shedigudda, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Dera Krishnaji,

    It is unfortunate that at this particular of yours under duress this lecture coming through you, which yourself had lost its ESSENCE in your old party due to for your entire personal gain / selfishness.

    No power on earth can induce or impose Patriotism.
    A Nations properties are its citizens .
    No rule should take away others Patriotism.
    But Unfortunately this is what exactly happening now in India .
    Respect each citizens of India and their Patriotisms will overflows without RSS.

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Learn patriotism from someone who never fought for the Independence !!!

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    RSS wiil take India 100 years behind Mr.Krishna.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Ozy, Surathkal

    What we achieved by going forward by 100 years? Only hate speeches and religious hatred. Right?
    I feel comfortable 100 years before where all Indians used to have religious unity....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    S. M. Krishna is now 88 & needs to take rest ...

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    What about Deve Gowda ? Is he 18 ??...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Govinda Kamath, Goregaon Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Right reply. Tak Takk Belman

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.
    Central government staff retire at the age of 60.
    Our Narendra Modi is 70 ...

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  • Manvit, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Raul still young boy @ 51 !!!!!

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    As if Digvijaya, Kamalnath, Gehlot, A K Antony, Chidambaram, Mani Shankar, Gulab Nabi, Khurshid, Ahmed Patel, Kharge all play in the IPL ....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Show me any one Indian Freedom Fighter in RSS ...

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Not many Christians too.
    So never see Indian freedom struggle at a sectarian's perspective. It was a collective effort bu muslims, Christians and Hindus and various religious and non religious groups.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Christian freedom fighters of India.
    Shankar, Mangaluru
    Christian Freedom Fighters in Independent India
    Krishna Mohan Banerjee.
    Madhusudan Das.(1848–1934)
    Amrit Kaur.(1889–1964)
    Harendra Coomar Mookerjee.
    Pandita Ramabai.(1858–1922)
    S. K. Rudra.(1861–1925)
    Brahmabandhav Upadhyay.
    Kali Charan Banerjee (1847–1902)
    George Joseph (1887–1938)
    Jay Palace Singh Munda(1903–1970)
    Thank you Google ...

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Anibesent

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  • CA girishkk, M'lore/DXB

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    @ Shankara..,

    Good observations..., You have highlighted a common point between RSS and Christians...., possible.. b'coz DNA may be same..., to prove this point the RSS uniform"cheddi" was invented by the great Christian Missionaries (though now changed to videshi trousers, again a British legacy).

    As a loyalty gesture both strata probably not part of independence movement...!!!

    Chai time...

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  • Govinda Kamath, Goregaon Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Jossey Mama. No fake and self imposed freedom fighters in RSS.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Govinda Maamu, One oneself is fake everything around looks fake....that is today's reality.

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  • Govinda Kamath, Goregaon Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Jossey Mama. No fake and self imposed freedom fighters in RSS.

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  • Felix Pinto, Koteshwara

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    They weren't fake as their top man used to receive pension/ex Gratia from the British Masters. Falthu leader was more important than the Nation. Anyway, history is being re-written at the moment. But, the truth remains intact.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Mr Krishna
    Joining hands with RSS you could not save your son-in-law, What R SS will do for our country INDIA.
    Everyone knows you are in hands of RSS one recorded Audio Tape, when they want they will play when not required they will throw. Please don't misguide the children's.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Look at SMK ! The man seated next to him looks more well dressed, disciplined.

    Is replacing Mohan Bhagavath the only thing left for SMK now ? Why RSS ? Didn't you serve the nation without being in RSS, or you weren't patriotic ?

    He was a mighty horse in Congress. Graced all high posts, except that of PM. Why did he leap to BJP ? Did he think that NaMo will give way to him ? He has come to a state where BJP doesn't invite him to any functions ?

    Madiddannunno Maharaya ! What else can it e ?

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Show one Brave RSS who fought for independence for us to follow .

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Rolf, Dubai

    Did you prove it? When?

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Veteran Congressman, former CM of Karnataka and Union external affairs minister, has made an unprecedented statement, regarding certain segments of our society, like in Jammu and Kashmir and in many regions of our nation, who vehemently plot, with external enemies, to break apart our Republic !!! Patriotism from citizens, is the need of the hour, to identify and neutralize such evil forces from every corner of our nation !!!!

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  • Ronald Rodrigues, 404 rose cote bendore, mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    What a personality,,enjoyed power under congress though could not utter a word as foriegn minister and now advising to join RSS, though nobody cares forRonny him.

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