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Dirty tricks to malign RSS

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Telangana  Press Statement 

A forged statement, entitled ‘RSS Internal Survey Report’, is being circulated in Social Media today. Released ostensibly in the context of the Munugode Bypolls on Nov 3, 2022, this report is signed by an unknown person and is clearly released with the malafide intention of confusing and misleading people. We would like to state that no such Survey has been conducted by the RSS and we condemn the mischievous act of publicising this fake document.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is a voluntary organisation that has been working for the last 97 years with the primary aim of nation building through individual character building. RSS as an institution participates neither in politics nor does it conduct political Surveys. As elections are a crucial and critical part of democracy, RSS encourages every Indian citizen to exercise their franchise.

Of late, attempts have been made to denigrate a cultural voluntary organisation such as the RSS, by people who have been resorting to fake, baseless and implausible news stories and comments for political gains. These kinds of actions do not befit the position of any individual or institution of responsibility. It is nothing but deriding and abusing democratic and social values.

We hereby request the Government and officials to identify the persons responsible for such fake documents and the news emanating out of it and take stringent, legal measures against them.

Kacham Ramesh
Pranth Karyavaaha Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Telangana

Women president in Sangh program

Translation of an excerpt from the book Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar written in Hindi by Dr. Rakesh Sinha. Publications Division 2003 Edition.

Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar – Writer Rakesh Sinha. Page 208

He (Dr. Hedgewar) was an admirer of women’s participation in public life. That is why women leaders were invited for lectures in the Sangh’s shakhas and camps. The Akhil Bharatiya Mahila Parishad supported the Sangh’s vision of social reform. Its President Rajkumari Amrit Kunwar and other members, including the Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly Anasuya Bai Kale, had come to the Sangh camp in Nagpur on 28 December 1937.

This was not the first incident. Even before this, women leaders and social workers working in public life were invited. Congress leader Kamalabai also gave speech at the Sangh’s sakha in Konkan on 21 November 1938.

Similarly, Parvatibai Chitnavis was the chief guest at the annual festival of the Nagpur branch of the Sangh on 9 December 1934. Ramabai Tambe, a nominated member of the Central Province Legislative Assembly, was an admirer of the Sangh. How keen Dr. Hedgewar was about participation of women in the social, political and cultural fields can be gauged from the fact that he was the source of inspiration for one of the oldest women’s organizations in the country – Rashtra Sevika Samiti. By instilling confidence and courage in the women workers who were inspired by the Sangh, he inspired them to lay the foundation of an independent organization form women. Two women’s organizations- Rashtra Sevika Samiti (Wardha) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (Bhandara) were established in the Central Province in 1935-36. Both the organizations were merged in October 1936. The organization imparts ideological and physical training to women.

KTR Goes the Congress Way – Maligns the RSS on Hyderabad Liberation Day

  • Ayush Nadimpalli

As the battle of TRS party with the BJP in Telangana gains heat, the IT Minister of Telangana, Sri K Taraka Rama Rao who is also the son of the current Chief Minister did exactly what the Congress did for decades – bring in the RSS and try to malign it.

The Background

The people of Telangana, Hyderabad -Karnataka & Hyderabad-Maharashtra made enormous sacrifices to liberate Hyderabad and merge with Union of Bharat on 17th September 1948. There has been a great demand from the people to celebrate this day officially. The chief minister of Telangana, Sri K Chandrasekhar Rao has been under criticism for the last eight years for failing to celebrate this day officially.

This video shows how he somersaulted on the celebrations before and after coming to power. In the first part, he says the government must celebrated Sept 17th and after coming to power says, ” Let the BJP celebrate it on their offices if they wish to”.

The BJP central leadership this time took up the celebration of this cause in the entire state of Telangana. As a last minute effort to save face, the CM announced a three day celebration. Surely the TRS is facing the heat.

So what does the CM’s son , KTR do ?

He plays the oft repeated Congress trick of maligning the RSS. In this he emulates many Congress leaders. Dr. Manmohan Singh & Manish Tiwari did the exact same in 2013 .

A rejoinder to that is here : Sardar Patel, Nehru and the RSS ;

KTR in a tweet on 17th September 2022, writes this

Well, he does not quote the source of this. This was part of the correspondence between Sardar Patel the then Home Min & Dy PM and MS Guru Golwalkar , the then Sarsanghchalak of the RSS. The entire correspondence between them is quoted in the book “Justice on Trial” .

In the first part of the same letter, Sardar Patel writes

Now why does KTR leave out the above ? Does it behove of an Information Minister to quote only half of what the most respected political figure of that era wrote ? Is it not injustice to the Sardar ? It is the same Sardar Patel who wrote to Nehru on 27th Feb 1948 – ” Bapu’s murder was not the result of an RSS conspiracy “.

It is important to quote what Sardar himself said to the Muslims during that period in many speeches.

Does KTR have the honesty to quote this ?

Not only this, those were the days, when the partition happened, Hindus were large scale sufferers who were being hounded in East and West Pakistan. Who was there to take care of them ? The RSS . Not only that, well meaning people wrote and spoke about the contribution of the RSS in that period.

Bharat Ratna , Dr Bhagwan Das wrote on October 1, 1948: 

“I know for sure that RSS volunteers have informed Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Patel well in advance about the plan of Muslim League under which the League had planned for armed rebellion and annihilating the Ministers of the Government of India and the senior officers, unfurl the Pakistani flag atop Lal Quilla, and establish their government in India.

“Had these patriotic and sincere youths not informed Nehru and Patel in time, the entire country today would have become Pakistan; lakhs of Hindus would have been butchered and more than that would have been converted to Islam forcibly and India would have become slave once again. What does it indicate? Clearly, it suggests that our government must utilize the nationalist power of lakhs of RSS swayamsevaks instead of subordinating it”.

End Note :

The TRS has been hobnobbing with the party AIMIM whose pre-Independence form was the MIM. The party was lead by Qasim Rizvi, the notorious leader of the Razakars. The Razakars were a two lakh strong private militia responsible for the massacre of Hindus. Being forced to celebrate September 17th this year, the TRS is now forced to make statements to keep the MIM happy by maligning the RSS. In this they have common ground with not only the MIM, Congress leadership but also Imran Khan Niazi of Pakistan.

Right Word | How the eternal backroom boys of RSS played stellar role in nation building

By: Arun Anand

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has played a stellar role in nation building since its inception in 1925. Especially during the post-Independence era, the organisation has played a key role with millions of swayamsevaks working round the clock dedicatedly for the nation and not seeking anything in return.

As soon as Bharat got Independence, the first challenge was to bring back Hindus safely from Pakistan and rehabilitate them. It may be recalled that in run-up to Partition, areas falling under Sindh, West Pakistan, and East Bengal were put under the command of a Muslim-dominated army-police combine. The Hindus in these areas were on tenterhooks.

The second RSS Sarsanghchalak, MS Golwalkar, also known as Shri Guruji, took the initiative to reach out to these Hindus and set up the Punjab Relief Committee and the Hindu Sahayata Samiti (Hindu Support Committee) for refugees from West Pakistan. The centre of activity for both of these was initially Lahore. The Punjab state sanghchalak, Raibahadur Badridas, was the chairman and Dr Gokulchand Narang was the treasurer of these committees. Similarly, relief committees were set up for refugees coming from East Pakistan also. The RSS played a major role in rehabilitation of the hapless refugees when they were left by the ruling dispensation to fend for themselves in pathetically managed government relief camps.

In 1947-48, when Pakistan attacked Bharat for the first time by sending tribal militia and its regular army in Jammu and Kashmir, the RSS volunteers played an important role in aiding the Bharatiya forces to repel that attack. The RSS swayamsevaks prepared an airstrip within no time in Poonch that helped to land planes carrying Bharatiya soldiers.

In 1962 Sino-Indian war, the RSS volunteers played an important role and despite having strong ideological differences backed the war efforts of Nehru government.

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who was initially quite critical of the RSS, invited the organisation to participate in the Republic Day parade of 1963. A 3,000-strong contingent of RSS volunteers participated in the Republic Day parade that year.

In 1965, when Pakistan attacked India, the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri invited the second sarsanghchalak of the RSS, MS Golwalkar, for an all-party consultative meeting, though the RSS was a non-political entity.

Golwalkar was travelling through Maharashtra and was stationed in Sangli for organisational work when he received this message. He immediately flew to New Delhi to attend the meeting.

Earlier, in the 1960s, a host of leaders visited and appreciated the Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari that was set up under the guidance of RSS pracharak and former sarkaryavah Eknath Ranade.

The then President VV Giri inaugurated the celebrations after the memorial was completed. The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited it after a fortnight of its inauguration. She addressed a meeting of the memorial organising committee, whose secretary was Ranade. The latter also presented a report after the PM’s address.

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi commented during her visit: “It is a moving experience to come to Kanyakumari and see how the faith of thousands in Swami Vivekananda’s message has made possible this memorial. May it inspire all who visit it and give them the courage to live up to Swamiji’s great and timeless teachings.”

After Independence the swayamsevaks inspired by the RSS’ ideology have set up more than three dozen organisations. To name a few of them, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram works in the field of tribal welfare, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh works amongst trade unions and workers in both organised and unorganised sector,  Sewa Bharati works in urban slums, Vidya Bharati works in the field of education, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad works with college students, Seema Jagaran Manch works in  border areas of the country, Bharatiya Shikshan mandal works with Gurukuls and on the pedagogy of education in our country, Sanskrit Bharati works for the promotion of Sanskrit, Sanskar Bharati works in the field of art and culture, Bharatiya Chitra Sadhana is active in the domain of film making, Laghu Udyog Bharati  helps the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch works for economically self-reliant Bharat and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) works for organising Hindus globally and promoting service to the society through Dharma.

Thus, there is hardly a domain where RSS swayamsevaks do not work and their scale of work is mammoth. To give an example, Vidya Bharati alone runs more than 30,000 schools across the country catering to more than 3.5 million students. Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) is the biggest labour organisation of the world. According to the BMS’ official website, “Of the 44 industries classified by the Ministry of Labour, Government of India for the purpose of membership verification, BMS has affiliated unions in all industries. BMS has membership of almost 1 crore in all States comprising more than 5000 affiliate unions.” The rise of BMS ensured that the anarchy created by the Left-dominated trade union in Bharatiya industrial space became thing of the past and the focus was brought back on increasing productivity that was to be mutually beneficial for both employers and employees.

In 1975, the RSS led from the front to oppose Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Socialist and revolutionary leader Jayaprakash Narayan visited an RSS training camp in Patna on 3 November 1977, where he said in his speech: “Sangh (RSS) is a revolutionary organisation and right now there is no other organisation in the country which come even close to it… (it) alone has the capacity to transform society, end casteism and wipe the tears from the eyes of the poor. Its very name is ‘rashtriya’, that is national. I am not saying this to flatter you. I believe you have a historic role to play… I have great expectations from this revolutionary organisation which has taken up the challenge of creating a new India.”

In the 1980s, the RSS started a massive campaign to check religious conversions of Hindus after around 800 socially marginalised members of Hindu society got converted into Islam at Meenakshipuram in Tamil Nadu in 1981. In 1983-84, the RSS took up the cause of Ramjanmabhoomi and the movement successfully culminated in 2020.

During Covid-19, more than a million swayamsevaks were on the ground for rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts. In any natural calamity or disaster that has struck any part of the country, the RSS swayamsevaks are the first one to reach.

At present the RSS volunteers are running around two lakh welfare projects across the country. The focus is to work for the service of the society, to transform Bharat as a nation and society.  Most significantly, the swayamsevaks do this selflessly. There is no urge in the organisation or individual volunteers to win accolades or claim glory for itself. The RSS Swayamsevaks take pride in being the unsung heroes.  They are the eternal backroom boys.

The writer, an author and columnist, has written two books on RSS. 

Courtesy: Firstpost