‘Eating beef cannot come in the way of becoming a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)’, said Manmohan Vaidya, all-India Prachar Pramukh of RSS, during his three-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
While addressing the media, Vaidya said that there are misconceptions about the RSS’s work. RSS is not a religious organisation, it is a social one. ‘We want to make India the number one country,’ he said and added that progress cannot be made without uniting society. Claiming that the Sangh is not biased against any religious community, Vaidya said it only opposes anti-national activities.
However, reporters soon turned to the topic of beef bans and intolerance. Reacting to this, Vaidya said, ‘Food habits have nothing to do with the RSS. We don’t tell society what to eat or not to eat, but people who eat beef can also become its members. It is well-known that in places such as Arunachal people have always consumed beef’.