?The world is facing a four-fold crisis today?Islamic terrorism, massive proselytisation by church, expansionist activities of Maoist China and consumerism propelled by America and western countries. These demonic forces could squarely be met only on the basis of consolidation of Hindu society,? said RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan, while addressing a gathering of uniformed swayamsevaks at Subhash Maidan in Belgaum, Karnataka on November 12. Dakshin Kshetra Sanghachalak Shri Parvatarao and Prant Sanghachalak Shri Siddangouda Gadigudal were also present on the occasion.
He said if Hindus want to lead a honourable life in the world, they would have to be strong and powerful. ?There is no place for the weak here. Evil deeds do take place only because of human weakness. Crises befall only because of absence of social disintegration and presence of weakness. Due to weakness of Hindu society, it was assaulted, plundered and thrashed. It was exploited and rendered weak. The Sangh has rekindled the sense of self-respect and self-confidence among Hindus. That is why the slogan?Garva se kaho ham Hindu hain?has been reverberating from the far-flung nooks and corners of the country. Hindus are truly loyal to this country. They are the inheritors of the most ancient culture in the world, which alone gives the message of human well-being at large. But Hindus have forgotten their inner strength. They have become oblivious about ?who they really are.? Hence, they have fallen a pliable prey to these destructive forces,? he added.
He further said before founding of the Sangh, Dr Hedgewar was a Congress worker. But he did not approve of the slavish support to Khilafat movement and Muslim appeasement by the then Congress leaders including Mahatma Gandhi. ?Even Lokmanya Tilak and Barrister Jinnah had opposed it. There was massive Hindu carnage by Muslims throughout the country. Over 1500 Hindus were massacred in Kerala alone. Over 30,000 Hindu women were molested. Thousands of Hindus were converted to Islam. Because Hindus had grown weak, they were made soft targets of such heinous crimes. The country cannot be protected until and unless the mainstream society, i.e. Hindus are not organised and strong. No political outfit could protect the country. It needs a social organisation of patriotic people. This led Doctor Sahib to conceive the Sangh,? he said.
The Sarsanghachalak said good samskars are essential for consolidation of the society and good habits do not get formed in a day. ?It needs long-drawn sustained efforts. Unison in thinking, speech and conduct are needed for it. Together with the mantra of organisation, Doctor Sahib gave us the method of daily shakha. By dint of his tireless efforts, he proved to the world that Hindus could be organised. It had its adverse impact on his health. Thinking only about the country, the Sangh and the motherland occupied his subconscious mind even when he was in a semi-conscious state during his severe sickness,? he said.
He further said Shri Guruji resolved to fully dedicate himself for sacred national mission of Hindu consolidation. ?He carried forward the whole organisation from strength to strength for 33 long years. During that period, the Sangh reached every district of the country. The third Sarsanghachalak Shri Balasaheb Deoras took the Sangh shakhas to taluka level. During the stewardship of Shri Rajju Bhaiya, the Sangh reached further to the mandal level,? he added.
The growth of the Sangh is steadfast. Ever-new dimensions are being added to its multifarious and multifaceted growth. Various organisations like ABVP, Vidya Bharati, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, VHP etc are toiling day and night to create a wide-spread network of socially conscious and intensely active organisations in various fields of social activities throughout the country. He said the Sangh values equality, fraternity and organisational aspects the most. Our efforts to bring together all the elements including the religious heads are on. At the outset, tributes were paid to the memory of the late Dr Nagalotimath, national member and also the provincial president of Shri Guruji Birth Centenary Celebration Committees, and veteran Sangh worker Shri Vithal Adake.
(The writer is editor, Veervani, Marathi weekly.)