After Pranab Mukherjee, Ratan Tata to share dais with RSS chief

Mumbai: The RSS today said industrialist Ratan Tata will share the stage with its chief Mohan Bhagwat at an event to be held here next month.

Last month, former president Pranab Mukherjee had attended a function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) 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 here.

The NGO is named after Sangh pracharak Nana Palkar.

The Samiti has its premises near the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and has been serving cancer patients from the facility.

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.

Ratan Tata had earlier 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”.

“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,” one of the secretaries of the samiti told PTI over phone.

The big-ticket event will be held at the Yashwant Natya Mandir 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 and had initially funded the purchase of dialysis instruments and other palliative care equipment by the organisation, the official of the NGO said.

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