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Ratan Tata may share dais with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

The RSS on July 10 said industrialist Ratan Tata will share the stage with its chief Mohan Bhagwat at an event to be held in Mumbai next month.

In June, former President Pranab Mukherjee attended a function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Nagpur, an event which had become a matter of much debate.

“Tata and Bhagwat will attend an event in Mumbai on August 24 organised by the Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti,” a Sangh functionary told PTI in Mumbai.

The Samiti, an NGO, has its premises near the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and has been serving cancer patients from the facility. Mr. Tata has visited the premises and is aware of the NGO’s work, the Sangh functionary said.

The Tata Trusts spokesperson declined to comment, saying if at all it happens, it will be a private affair of the 81-year-old Tata Group patriarch.

Mr. Tata on December 29, 2016 paid a surprise visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on his 79th birthday which his spokesperson then had termed as a “courtesy call”.

One of the secretaries of the Samiti told PTI over phone: “We have approached Tata for gracing the occasion of the centenary of our founder Palkar and the golden jubilee of our organisation on August 24. But he has neither accepted our invite nor declined the same. So we are hopeful.” The big-ticket event will be held at the Yashwant Natya Nandir in Matunga in central Mumbai, the NGO official said.

The over 160-year-old Tata Trusts, which is the largest public charity in the country, has been a supporter of the Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti, named after a Sangh pracharak, and had initially funded purchase of dialysis instruments and other palliative care equipment by the organisation, the official of the NGO said.

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