What began with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi defiance to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remark that he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ — a retaliation to Bhagwat’s suggestion that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing Mother India — has now snowballed into a bigger controversy with AIMIM legislator Waris Pathan being suspended from the state Assembly for refusing to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Dr Sanjeev Kelkar
Dr Sanjeev Kelkar

Pune’s Dr Sanjeev Kelkar, whose book, ‘Lost years of the RSS’, a result of an 43-year-old association with the RSS, and, is now going to be printed in Hindi (English and Marathi editions already out) says, ‘there are several important things the RSS needs to look at rather than making such unnecessary statements.’

Kelkar said the RSS should ‘keep silent, stop talking in public and concentrate on their mission, which is a man making mission, making men with a capital M, men of character and capability, a requirement of independent India.’ He bluntly added that the RSS has become publicity mongers, and saying such things will bring it in the public eye.

“I once told Bhagwat that it is better he and the RSS keep mum, because instead of work, at least 30 per cent of his time is going in giving media interviews. He told me it is a ‘good idea’, but did not follow it.”

Stating that ‘the Owaisis of the world keep talking because they know that somebody is reacting to them,’ Dr Kelkar added, “Owaisi and his ilk thrive on reactions. This cheap warfare in the media is not doing any good for the RSS.”

Talking about the recent RSS uniform change, where the RSS plans to do away with the khakhi shorts they are synonymous with and introduce brown trousers, Dr Kelkar said, “It may see cadres coming in regularly to the shakhas. Those who have been embarrassed about wearing shorts will...