At a three-day meeting of its regional officials in Rajasthan, the RSS discussed “growing Islamic radicalization” against the backdrop of the brutal killings in Udaipur and Amravati. The meeting attended by top leaders such as sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat and Secretary General Dattatreya Hosabale discussed ways to counter such radicalization and the role of the Sangh in it.
“During these meetings, all contemporary issues are discussed. So naturally, Udaipur and Amravati Incidents were also discussed. There is anger among workers at the incidents… However, this anger needs to be channeled and expressed responsibly. This is where the Sangh has a role to play,” said a senior RSS official who attended the meeting.
The Prant Pracharak Baithak was held from Thursday to Saturday in Jhunjhunu. It was the first physical meeting of regional officials since the start of the Covid pandemic.
After the meeting, RSS Publicity Manager Sunil Ambekar addressed the media. In response to a question about the controversy surrounding a film poster depicting Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette, Ambekar said, “While exercising freedom of expression, one must also take care of the feelings of the public.
Regarding the Udaipur incident, Ambekar said, “The brutal murder in Udaipur is totally condemnable. No criticism of the incident would suffice. We have a democracy in our country. If you don’t like what someone says, then there is a democratic way to respond. Civilized society will always criticize such incidents.
Arguing that the Hindu community reacted to the incident in a peaceful and constitutional manner, Ambekar said, “The Muslim community is expected to condemn the incident. Some Muslim intellectuals did. But even the Muslim community in general must come forward and vigorously oppose such things. Such incidents are in the interests of neither society nor the country.
According to the RSS, the meeting took stock of the work done by pracharaks during the pandemic and charted the way forward. Ambekar said that over the past two years, nearly 23,000 people have participated in the RSS training program called Sangh Shiksha Varg. Of these, 18,981 people were under 40 and 2,925 over 40. The RSS has 101 such training centers across the country.
Ambekar said that after the pandemic, RSS’s goal is to restart its regular work with full vigor. At present, the RSS has 56,824 shakhas (branches). He said that the work of the RSS on water management, waste management, environmental protection and cleanliness is progressing well with the participation of the society even as the program of kutumb prabodhan (preservation of values families) received a new impetus.
As the country celebrated the 75th anniversary of independence, the unknown and unsung heroes of the freedom struggle must be remembered and promoted, the meeting said.
Ambekar said that based on discussions at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha Baithak a few months ago, where the idea of self-employment was emphasized, over 4,000 young people have been trained in self-employment by 22 organizations. The RSS will also organize broadcasts to this effect from July 15 to August 21.
As it turns 100 in 2025, the RSS plans to increase the number of its shakhas to 1 lakh.