“Is the RSS Hospital Exclusively For Hindus?” Nitin Gadkari was asked by Ratan Tata. His Response
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, said on Thursday that he once told industrialist Ratan Tata that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) does not discriminate based on religion.
A charitable hospital in Pune’s Sinhagad area was inaugurated by a senior BJP leader. Speaking at the event, he related an anecdote from his time as a minister in Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena-BJP government.
“In Aurangabad, a hospital named after late RSS chief KB Hedgewar was inaugurated. At the time, I was a minister in the state government. A senior RSS official expressed his desire for Ratan Tata to open the hospital and asked me to assist him “Mr. Gadkari stated the following.
He then approached Tata and persuaded him to open the hospital, citing Tata Cancer Hospital’s role in providing cancer care to the country’s poor, he said.
“When Tata arrived at the hospital, he inquired if the facility was exclusively for Hindus. ‘Why do you believe that?’ I inquired. ‘Because it belongs to the RSS,’ he replied immediately.
“I told him that the hospital is for all communities, and that there is no such thing (religious discrimination) in the RSS,” the Union minister said. Mr. Tata “became very happy” after he explained several things to him, according to Mr Gadkari.
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