Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will deliver his annual Vijayadashami speech in Nagpur today, and political observers all over the nation will listen keenly as it will be his last major address before the Lok Sabha elections next year. The function, where the RSS chief speaks on a range of issues and outlines the organisation's views on the present scenario and future agenda, will be held at the Reshimbagh Ground. Bhagwat may deliver some key hints into the Sangh’s poll position despite the claims that it never interferes or indulges in politics.
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This year’s Vijayadashami also holds importance due to the recent speeches by Bhagwat projecting a more moderate stance as he set out to explain the RSS to the wider world. In a speech last month in Delhi, Bhagwat had gone to the extent of saying some contents in book ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ by RSS’ second chief M S Gowalkar were no longer relevant. He had also dismissed the idea of RSS backing a Congress-free country and that it thought Muslims to be aliens.
Last year, Bhagwat had spoken on issues like the Rohingya crisis, cow vigilantism, Jammu and Kashmir and surgical strikes. Nobel Prize winner and social activist Kailash Satyarthi will be the chief guest at this year's annual function.