October 19, 2012 | By editor
Jalandhar/Beas (October 19, 2012): According to media reports Hindutva organization Rashtriya Swayam-Sewak Sangh (RSS)’s chief Mohan Bhagwat has met Gurinder Singh Dhillon, head of a Beas based dera, named Radha Soami Dera Beas. “YesPunjab”, a web based news service by senior journalist H. S. Bawa has carried following detailed report in this regard:-
“Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat specially came to Punjab to have a meeting with Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the head of Radha Soami sect at the sect headquarters located at Beas.
Though nobody came forward to confirm the same but probably it was the first meeting of any RSS Chief with any of the heads of Dera Radha Soami.
Beas is a township located between Jalandhar and Amritsar at National Highway No.1 in Punjab.
The meeting took place on Thursday morning. Bhagwat and Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon reportedly met for almost an hour. No details of the meeting were made available to media by either RSS or Dera Beas. It could not be known what was the agenda of the meeting and what transpired between the two.
Bhagwat reached Jalandhar on Wednesday (October 17, 2102) evening for presumably the already fixed meeting on Thursday.
Sources said his Jalandhar visit was just a ‘stopover’ as he had come to have a meeting with Radha Soami Chief.
The RSS Chief arrived at Jalandhar by Shatabdi and went straight to the residence of local RSS leader Kuldip Bhagat’s residence in Deen Dayal Upadhaya Nagar in the city.
The district administration and the Jalandhar Commissionerate Police were aware of the RSS Chief’s visit and elaborate security arrangements were made.
Local BJP leaders were taken unawares as the news of RSS Chief’s visit to the city spread but most of them were not allowed to meet Bhagwat. Only a few and chosen ones were allowed.
Bhagwat sprung a surprise on Thursday (October 18, 2012) morning when he went to Sain Dass School Grounds in Gopal Nagar area to attend RSS ‘shakha’ and interact with RSS activists. The RSS holds its ‘shakha’ on these grounds only.
Sources told that Bhagwat interacted with RSS workers, the Sangh way, i.e. ‘Baudhik’ and ‘Samanvaya’. He remained there at the ‘Shakha’ till 8.00 am and had his breakfast at Kuldip Bhagat’s residence.
He then proceeded to Dera Beas for his meeting with Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon and entered the Dera at about 9.35 am. Sources said, his meeting with Dera Chief lasted for a little less than an hour. He then left the Dera. It could not be known where he went thereafter.
Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon and Dera Beas known for keeping away from media glare had been in the news recently for two reasons.
The Dera first came into an eye of the storm when it was accused of taking over and then dismantling a Gurdwara at a village Waraich in the promixity of the Dera, a charge which was vehemently denied by the Dera. Later SGPC and Akal Takht had given ‘clean chit’ to the Dera on the issue even as some Sikh groups protesting against the dismantling of the Gurdwara maintained that they were not satisfied with the ‘clean chit’.
The Dera and especially Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon, himself, attracted media glare when he visited Sri Darbar Sahib at Amritsar and paid his obeisance there. The Dera head on 26th of September visited Darbar Sahib, sans his security. He became the first head of his sect to have visited Golden Temple.”
Readers are advised to check the news at it’s source also: http://yespunjab.com/punjab/top-stories/item/10010-rss-chief-mohan-bhagwat-meets-dera-radha-soami-chief-at-beas