Shri. Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat (born 11 September 1950) is the current Chief (Sarsanghchalak), of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in India. He was chosen as the successor to K. S. Sudarshan in March 2009.
Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat was born in a town called Chandrapur in Maharashtra. He comes from a family of RSS activists. His father Madhukar Rao Bhagwat, was the Karyavahak (secretary) for the ‘Chandrapur’ zone and later a Prant Pracharak (divisional promoter) for Gujarat. Mohan Bhagwat is the eldest son of his parents and has two younger brothers and a sister.
Bhagwat completed his schooling from ‘Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya’ and then the first year of his BSc from the Janata College in Chandrapur. He graduated in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry from Government Veterinary College, Nagpur. He dropped out of his postgraduate course in Veterinary Sciences and became a pracharak (full-time promoter/worker) of the RSS towards the end of 1975.
Association with RSS
After working underground during the Emergency, Mohan Bhagwat became ‘Pracharak’ of Akola in Maharashtra in 1977 and rose within the organization responsible for Nagpur and Vidarbha regions.
He became ‘Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Pramukh,’ (in-charge of physical training) for India, 1991 to 1999. He was further promoted as ‘Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh,’ (in-charge of RSS volunteers working full-time for India).
In 2000, when Rajendra Singh (RSS) and H. V. Sheshadri decided to step down as RSS Chief and General Secretary respectively due to poor health, K. S. Sudarshan was nominated as the new chief and Mohan Bhagwat became ‘Sarkaryavaha,’ (General Secretary).
Mohan Bhagwat was chosen as the Sarsanghchalak (Chief Executive) of the RSS on 21 March 2009. He is one of the youngest leaders to head the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh after Dr. K. B. Hedgewar and M.S.Golwalkar.
In June 2015, the government of India ordered the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to provide round-the-clock protection to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat. At Z+ VVIP security cover, Bhagwat is one of the most protected Indians today.