Patna: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale, at a function in Patna on Tuesday said that just as Mahatma Gandhi had inspired millions of Indians to join the fight against the British Raj, the RSS had helped raise awareness about nationalism and what it means to be an Indian.
"The Sangh (short for RSS) is not an outfit, it is an ideology. It has given rise to appreciation for our culture and our way of thinking which is also known as Hindutva," he said at the Planetarium Convention Hall where he and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi released five books written on the life and philosophy of Sangh's former five chiefs.
Continuing to highlight the history of the RSS, Hosabale said that the establishment was an object of ridicule when it was first set up in 1925. "However, from the very beginning, the organization stressed on building character and selfless service to the nation. In its 92 years of existence, it has become stronger but its ideals remain the same, that is to build individual character and develop a sense of responsibility towards our beloved nation," he said.
The RSS leader also mentioned the time when RSS was banned by the British and later by the Indian government.
"People used to say that Hindus were not organized enough to go in the same direction unless they were carrying a dead body on their shoulders. Not only the British banned the outfit once but our own governments also put a ban on RSS for political reasons. Today, it is stronger than ever before with more than 50,000 'shakhas' being held daily across the nation," he said.
Modi, in his speech, invited all RSS detractors to come to any 'shakha' and see what goes on in there.
"It will be an eye-opener for those who are constantly criticizing a noble organization like RSS. I invite them to come to any 'shakha' and see what goes inside it. The door of the Sangh is open not just for the Hindus but people of any religion," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS