09 July 2007

RSS, Part 1

(In this and the next few posts I'll be putting up some basic information about the RSS - and responses to the common charges against it)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is a nationalist organisation, founded by Dr K B Hedgewar in 1925.


The RSS's mission is to restore India to her former glory. India can become a strong and prosperous nation again only when a critical mass of Indians work selflessly for the country. The RSS's job is to create such workers - men of character and ability, who have the right values, and are aware of their culture, heritage and history.

The RSS's primary way of achieving its mission is through the shakha. The shakha is the backbone of the RSS. It is a daily gathering of swayamsevaks, which is held in an open ground for about an hour, either in the morning or in the evening. In a shakha, swayamsevaks perform exercises, play games, sing patriotic songs, have discussions, etc.

The shakha makes swayamsevaks healthy and fit, teaches them about their culture and instills in them moral values. It also builds in them organisational skills and the ability to work as a team. Discipline, organisation, selflessness, sacrifice - these are the core values of the RSS.


kaddi said...

I think labelling the RSS as a fringe hindutva organization should also give the honorable PM sleepless nights.

There are few who love the country as much as the RSS folks, and fewer who would be willing to go the lengths to do sacrifices for her sake.

Let the Congress-Socialist-Leftist-Marxist-Leninist folks prove themselves first to be India's comrades before they suggest solutions or throw their weight around.

H said...

Dhirubhai - what is the RSS take on the maoist movement from Pashupathi to Tirupathi. More than 1/3rd of the districts in India are affected by this movement. That is a bigger threat now than religious fundamentalism and needs to be tackled grass roots.