Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh United Kingdom (UK) hosted an interactive event on September 21 at the Swaminarayan Temple, Stanmore. Sahsarkaryavha of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Shri Dattatreya Hosabale, highlighted the circumstances in which the RSS was started in 1925 and what are its principles, and guide lines for India in the present scenario.
The programme was attended by all the major Hindu organisations of UK. A question-answer session took place regarding Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and North-East province of India. The RSS’s has over 40,000 local branches (shakhas) across India, with an average attendance of 10, which equates to 400,000 daily attendances as its core activity.
RSS has also inspired, created organisations and initiated various service projects in all fields and has a reach to over a 100 million people.
Dattatreyaji explained the four major factors which have contributed to the success and strength of RSS:
- Ideology of Hindutva which encompasses universal humanitarian values
- Leadership from very first day the organisation has been strong with visionaries
- Technique of daily gathering and concern for the nation and society
- Volunteers sacrifice, strength and dedication of the RSS worker has enabled such a unique Prime Minister of India to take centre stage of the world.
He said that, “The national culture of India is the Hindu culture which embraces all’, ‘we should not be ashamed to call ourselves Hindus’, ‘Nowhere in history have Hindus colonised, created a slave, destroyed other countries or converted people.”
RSS is not an organisation within the Hindu society but to organise the Hindu society. It is there to spread the message of universal oneness, Udar Chirata Namtu, Vasudaiva Kutumbakam – The whole world is one family.
Leaders from over 40 organisations, such as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP), BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB), Hindu Forum of Europe (HFE), Metropolitan Police Hindu Association (MPHA), Hindu Council, Friends of India Society International (FISI), Jainology, National Hindu Students' Forum (NHSF-UK), Oshwal Association-UK, Hindu Lawyers Association (HLA), Navnat Vanik Association, North Carolina Gun Owners (NCGO), Brent Indian Associations and many others attend the session.