Mohan Bhagwat

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Mohan Bhagwat
Dr. mohan rao Bhagwat1.jpg
Born (1950-09-11) 11 September 1950 (age 64)
Chandrapur, Maharashtra
Nationality Indian
Occupation Sarsanghchalak (RSS Chief)
Organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Term 21 March 2009 – Incumbent
Successor K. S. Sudarshan
Religion Hindu

Mohan Madhukar Bhagawat (Marathi: मोहन मधुकर भागवत, born 11 September 1950) is the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(Hindi:राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ), for National Volunteer Corps. He was chosen as the successor to K. S. Sudarshan in March 2009 .[1]

Early life[edit]

Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat was born in a town called Chandrapur in Maharashtra. He comes from a family of RSS activists.[1] His father Madhukar Rao Bhagwat, was the 'Karyavahak,' (secretary) of the 'Chandrapur' zone and had also, worked as a 'Prant Pracharak,' Marathi for Divisional Promoter, of Gujarat.[1] Mohan is the eldest son of his parents and has two younger brothers and a sister.

He completed his schooling from 'Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya' and then his freshman year, BSc from 'Janata College,' in 'Chandrapur.' He graduated in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry from 'Punjabrao Krushi Vidyapeeth,' (Marathi for, Punjabrao Agriculture University) Akola. He dropped out of his Graduate course in Veterinary Sciences and became a 'Pracharak' (full-time promoter/worker) of the RSS towards the end of 1975.[1]

Association with RSS[edit]

After working underground during the Emergency, Mohan Bhagwat became 'Pracharak' of Akola in Maharashtra in 1977 and rose within the organization responsible for Nagpur and Vidarbha regions.[1]

He became 'Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Pramukh,' (in-charge of physical training) for India, 1991 to 1999. Mohan was further promoted as 'Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh,' (in-charge of RSS volunteers working full-time for India).

In 2000, when Rajendra Singh (RSS) and H. V. Sheshadri decided to step down as RSS Chief and General Secretary respectively due to poor health, K. S. Sudarshan was nominated as the new chief and Mohan Bhagwat became 'Sarkaryavaha,' (General Secretary).

Mohan Bhagwat was chosen as the Sarsanghchalak of the RSS on 21 March 2009. He is one of the youngest leaders to head the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh after Dr. K. B. Hedgewar& M.S.Golwalkar. [1]

In 2013 Bhagwat said that simply because learning English increased earnings was no reason to teach it.[2]

On 6 February 2014, Economic Times reported that a web portal of a news magazine has provided audio recordings to substantiate Swami Aseemanand's claim that his terror acts were sanctioned by Mohan Bhagwat [3] In a series of interviews to the Caravan Magazine, Swami Aseemanand pointed towards Mohan Bhagwat's sanctioning of the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif blasts. However, Aseemanand denied giving any such interviews when a controversy broke out on the publication of the interviews [4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mohan Bhagwat: A nonpracticing Vet and RSS 'Pracharak,' (Sanskrit for promoter,) 21 March 2009, Times of India, [1]
  2. ^ "English not the only means of progress: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat."
  3. ^ "Web Portal Substantiates Aseemanand's claim"
  4. ^ Verma, Monica. "How Aseemanand’s confessions to Caravan magazine will help Narendra Modi in election year". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
Preceded by
K. S. Sudarshan
Sarsanghchalak of the RSS
21 March 2009 –
Succeeded by