RSS chief questions 'sudden violence' in Manipur, slams 'cultural Marxists, woke elements'

Bhagwat questioned whether extremists across border were involved in Manipur clashes

PTI10_24_2023_000025B Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses during the RSS 'Vijayadashami Utsav', in Nagpur | PTI

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said cultural Marxists and woke elements were using their influence in media and academia to spoil the country's education and culture. Bhagwat also questioned how violence suddenly erupted in Manipur, despite both Meitei and Kuki communities living together for years.  

The RSS chief, while addressing the RSS Dussehra rally in Nagpur, said "cultural Marxists and woke elements" were selfish, discriminatory and deceitful forces who were using their influence in media and academia to spoil the country's education and culture.  "These destructive forces call themselves "woke" and claim to be working for some lofty goals, but their real goals are to disrupt orderliness in the world," he said. 

Alleging that these "selfish, discriminatory and deceitful forces" were disrupting social cohesion and promoting conflict, Bhagwat said they were "various cloaks." 

"Some of them call themselves cultural Marxists or woke. Cultural Marxists reward, promote and spread anarchy. They take control of the media and academia, and plunge education, culture, politics and social environment into confusion, chaos, and corruption," he alleged.

Bhagwat also expressed doubts on whether "extremists across the border were involved in Manipur violence." "For many years, Meitei and Kuki communities have been living together. How did the violence erupt all of a sudden? The conflict benefits external forces. Are external factors involved," Bhagwat said. "Union Home Minister Amit Shah was there for three days. Who actually fueled the conflict? It (violence) is not happening, it is being made to happen," Bhagwat said. 

Bhagwat said he was proud of the Sangh workers who worked in Manipur to restore peace. "Some anti-social people call themselves cultural Marxists or woke but they have forgotten Marx," he said. 

He also warned against attempts to garner votes by inflaming emotions ahead of the 2024 general elections. He asked people to vote keeping in mind the unity, integrity, identity and development of the country. 

(With PTI inputs)


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