The Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat, unfurled the national flag at Vyasa Vidya Peetham, a Sangh-run residential school in Palakkad, on India’s 69th Republic Day.
The function is a tight slap on the face of Communists who had created hurdles on a similar function held last year. Last year, the Left Front government had issued a late-night order prohibiting the RSS chief from hoisting the flag. But the RSS chief had flouted the order, as the order issued by the Palakkad collector was illegal.
The RSS had said that the state government’s circular, laying down guidelines for hoisting the national flag in government and educational institutions, was not binding on it.
The RSS has maintained that there was nothing wrong in Bhagwat hoisting the national flag in the school as every citizen has the right to do so.