BJP victories boost RSS membership
TNN | Updated: Mar 25, 2017, 05.59 AM IST
PUNE: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi strengthening his grip on national politics and the BJP winning state after state, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) the parent organization of the party is gaining mass base and popularity among the youth.
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Data made available following the RSS’ 3-Day Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu shows that in the last one year over 1 lakh youths attended the primary one-day classes conducted by the organization, while 17,500 attended the year-long classes and 4,000 were present for the two-year programme. As many as 973 youths completed the three-year training of the Sangh.
"The number of youths joining RSS is rising and as a result, daily shakhas conducted by the organization across India are increasing. Currently, 57,000 daily shakhas are conducted in various states, while 14,000 weekly and 8,000 monthly shakhas are held," Nana Jadhav, prant sanghchalak of western Maharashtra region said.
‘Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh growing fast in central region’
TNN | Updated: Mar 25, 2017, 11.56 AM IST
Bhopal: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is growing fast in Madhya Bharat region with number of shakhas increasing from 1,326 in 2015 to 1,439 in 2016, said Ashok Pandey, Prant Sah Sanghchalak of the region, here on Friday.
This is in comparison with 57,185 shakhas being organised daily at 36,729 locations across the country where 90 per cent of the participants are below the age of 45 years, he added. Pandey said special efforts have been made to encourage youths to join the saffron family. He said as much as 53 per cent of the total participants in daily shakhas of RSS are students. A regional camp was organised from November 24 to 27, 2016 in Guna where 1,876 child volunteers from 30 districts participated. In Gwalior metro area, which includes Gwalior, Lashkar and Dabra, at least 136 colonies of the total 137 have active shakhas.
"Students from colleges have also shown immense interest in the saffron family and the classes conducted by RSS in rural and urban regions. We have been organising regular training sessions for them to inculcate patriotism, social equality and cultural diversity," said Pandey. Sharing details about recently held Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha of RSS at Coimbatore, Pandey said the Sangh passed resolutions, expressing concern over violence instigated by anti-national elements in Kerala and West Bengal.
Devendra Fadnavis, BJP leaders visit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh HQ, get governance lessons
TNN | Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 11.05 AM IST
NAGPUR: In what has now become an annual feature or rather pilgrimage, BJP members of the state legislature attending the winter session on Thursday went to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters. Led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Speaker Haribhau Bagde over a dozen ministers and around 100 party legislators spent an hour there.
While most of the legislators were tight lipped about what transpired there during the meeting saying it was more to exchange pleasantries. Sources, however, said the lawmakers of the state were subjected to ’Margadarshan’ (read lecture) on good governance by a middle-level RSS functionary followed by a frugal breakfast and tea.
RSS big boss Mohan Bhagwat as well as no 2 Bhaiyyaji Joshi were not present. But the BJP legislators had an interaction with chief of western region Ravindra Joshi and other local leaders. The RSS leaders were keen that their agenda of fostering social harmony and unity among all sections of society — by having one temple, common drinking water source and one crematorium for all — be implemented in every village.
The RSS leaders reportedly told the ministers to focus on imparting education in mother-tongue and having textbooks that reflected ’real history’. They also laid stress on popularizing Sanskrit and Yoga. They also sought efforts on education in tribal areas and improving quality of life by rooting out malnutrition.
State BJP chief whip Raj Purohit said most of the MLAs participated in the BJP-RSS interaction. Education minister Vinod Tawde, water resources minister Girish Mahajan, social welfare minister Rajkumar Badole, rural development minister Pankaja Munde, tribal development minister Vishnu Savra, party leaders Ashish Shelar, Ram Shinde, Girish Vyas were prominently present.
Last year, some two dozen legislators who skipped the visit to the RSS headquarters were served with show cause notice by the party. That fear had reportedly ensured a better attendance this time.
RSS to mentor & guide BJP corporators on policies
TNN | Updated: Mar 10, 2017, 07.47 AM IST
PUNE: The RSS would be on the centre stage of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad civic politics after the BJP’s victory in the municipal polls, playing the dual role of "mentor" and "guiding force" for the party corporators to draft policies to run the cities.
Till date, the Sangh had no role to play in civic bodies because the BJP never had the majority. With the party in complete control of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad corporations now, the RSS would be an important force.
As a first step to train newly elected corporators from Pune, the RSS recently organized a briefing session at its Pune headquarters in Moti Baug. The elected members would have to follow the guideline issued by the RSS. It has set goals and behavioural code of conduct for them.
The corporators would undergo training on regular basis under RSS’ Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini. The Sangh leaders would guide polices and monitor the performance of the corporators.
A Sangh insider said the RSS playing the role of mentor and guide was not a new thing because the BJP MLAs in Maharashtra were going through the process. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, himself a swayamsevak, has ensured that MLAs visit the Sangh headquarters in Nagpur during Assembly sessions held in the state’s second capital.
The BJP’s city unit chief, Yogesh Gogawale, said, "There is nothing to hide that the BJP takes inspiration from the RSS. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Fadnavis are themselves swayamsevaks and we all come from the Sangh culture. The RSS is a devoted organization and its guidance will help improve the performance of our elected members."
RSS leaders feel that those joining the BJP just before the elections and elected as corporators would adapt to the culture. Sangh veteran Aniruddha Deshpande said the number of outsiders was "controllable".
He told TOI, "The number of outsiders in the BJP is not so big. These people will also have to work and act accordingly. They will immerse in the culture. There might be some pressure to make some adjustments during elections. But all those who have joined the party will work cohesively."
He stressed the BJP would have to put up a united face and show a good performance.
A source in the BJP said the party had decided to focus on infrastructure and development agenda in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad and not touch sensitive issues. One of the senior party leaders said notwithstanding the demand from a section of party supporters, the BJP would not take any stand on reinstalling the statue of Dadoji Kondeo in Lal Mahal at the moment. The party would not take a stand on Ram Ganesh Gadkari’s statue in Sambhaji garden immediately either, though party MLA Medha Kulkarni had launched an agitation to reinstall the statue uprooted by the Sambhaji brigade.