In 2012, 1,000 youths used to join the RSS every month but now in 2015 about 8,000 youths, join the Sangh every month. Today the total number of shakhas is 50,400 and 91 per cent of them are attended by the swayamsevaks below the age of 40.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) Karyakari Mandal meeting concluded in Ranchi
on November 1 with a call by Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat to the swayamsevaks to show some flexibility in their conduct while maintaining the old traditions and also the organisational structure. Expressing satisfaction on the growth of Sangh work he told the workers to move ahead while maintain the speed and direction of the work taking the society into confidence. He called upon the swayamsevaks to exhort the society for a change while eradicating the social disparities and also following the cultural values in practice.
Challenge of imbalance in the population growth rate
Steps taken to control the population of the country have yielded adequate results during the last decade. But in this regard, the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal is of the opinion that the severe demographic changes brought forth by the analysis of the religion data of Census 2011 highlights the necessity of the review of population policy. Vast differences in growth rates of different religious groups, infiltration and conversion resulting in religious imbalance of the population-ratio, especially in border areas may emerge as a threat to the unity, integrity and cultural identity of the country.
The ABKM calls upon the countrymen including all the swayamsevaks to take the cognisance of the causes of these population changes considering it their national duty to create public awareness and take all lawful steps to save the country from this demographic imbalance.
10,500 new shakhas in one decade
Earlier briefing the mediapersons RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi pointed out that during the last one decade about 10,500 new shakhas increased all over the country. “Today the total number of shakhas is 50,400 and 91 per cent of them are attended by the swayamsevaks below the age of 40. This is enough to say that the RSS is a youth power.” He said it is wrong to say that Sangh work is stronger in cities only. He pointed out that about 60 per cent of the work is in rural areas. The Sangh work has reached in 90 per cent of the tehsils and over 50 per cent of the total 53,000 Mandals in the country have Sangh work. The internet initiative to connect the youth to Sangh Shakhas through ‘Join RSS’ also proved to be a big hit. In 2012, 1,000 youths used to join the RSS every month but now in 2015 about 8,000 youths, join the Sangh every month. Shri Joshi also pointed out that today the focus is primarily on sewa and rural development activities, but in coming days the work on water harvesting will also begin as it is necessary to fight against the growing water scarcity. Shri Joshi also applauded the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan of the Central Government and stressed the need to make it more successful.
At the inaugural session, the Karyakari Mandal paid tributes to the leaders, great personalities who passed away since March 2015. Some of such personalities included Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, eminent writer Kuttamath Sricharan Master of Kerala, Prof MM Kalburgi of Karnataka, Baba Rao Puranik of Chhattisgarh, Sohan Singh of Delhi, Shankar Prasad Tambrala of Mahakoshal, Narayana Chandrarao of Kolkata, Lakshman Rao Pardikar of MP, Bindu Madhav Joshi of Grahak Panchayat, Prof GS Mudambaditt-haya, Dr Suryanatha Kamat of Bengaluru, Gouri Shankar Sharma of Manipur, Jagotri Bihari Singh of Manipur, Ram Jain of Gujarat, Narayan Bhai Desh of Gujarat, JB Patyanak of Odisha, Jagmohan Damliya of West Bengal, Swami Prasannacharya of Nepal, SM Sarala Birla of Jharkhand, Neelakanthan Pilai of Kerala, Keltron Founder KPP Nambiar, Ravindra Jain of Mumbai, Shashir Sable of Mumbai, Manorama of Tamil Nadu, Balachandra Khandarkar of Mumbai, Himani Savarkar, Keshava Gurram of Hubballi, Dr M Ramani of Chennai, Dr Rangacharyaulu of Telangana, Senior RSS Pracharaks Na Krishnappa, KS Nagabhushan Bhagwat, Chakravarti Tirumagan and few others. The meeting also paid tribute to those died in earthquake in Nepal.
Nation shocked at the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib –Bhayyaji Joshi
Sarkaryavah Shri Bhayyaji Joshi said the insulting act of Sri Guru Granth Sahib which is the centre of veneration and devotion for the entire Bharatiya society shocked the countrymen. The RSS condemns this sacrilegious act in strongest terms. Sri Guru Granth Sahib is not only the Jagat Jyot (Living Soul ) – an embodiment of Guru but also a carrier of our eternal spirituality and is the cultural conscience that transcends the differences of caste, creed, way of worship, social status, sect, region and language to bring together all the Bharatiyas with a thread of oneness.
During the meeting the RSS raised the issue of population tilt; expressed concern over the fall of Hindu population besides population of followers of Bharateeya origin religions, explosion in Muslim population, and passed a resolution on the issue. The RSS demanded a re-look at the National Population Policy and National Citizen Register. Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Dr Manmohan Vaidya said the census report raised many worrisome questions that needs to be addressed by the government and the society.
Not only population of a particular religion has exploded in Bharat but there is also a increase of illegal Bangladeshies because of political support. Due to this the bordering districts of the country are being dominated by Muslim population. “Measurers of population control have worked in Bharat but it has not worked totally. We have to think that how much population we can actually sustain and feed in the coming 35 years. Nation should be first priority when it comes to population control,” Dr Vaidya said.
Millennium of Acharya Abhinavagupta
Kashmir, a treasure trove of philosophers has given the world innumerable intellectual gems who gave new paradigms to the whole world by virtue of their spiritual knowledge, extensive penance and self realisation. Several religions and sects have flourished in Kashmir. Existing order changed several times but that never eliminated the earlier order. Acharya Abhinavagupta is an important link in this tradition. Acharya Abhinavagupta was a great philosopher and literary critic. He was the tallest scholar of Shaiva philosophy. He was not only an exemplar preceptor of Advaita Agama and Pratyabhigya Darshan, but several streams of knowledge systems converged in him. Many schools of Bharatiya intellect and penance coalesced in his towering personality and flows ahead as a powerful stream.
RSS is not a ‘punching bag’ for pseudo-secularists: Dattatreya Hosabale
Calling the award returning writers, academicians, artists and historians as frustrated, pseudo-secular, desperate, politically motivated and patients of selective amnesia, RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale said the RSS is no more a punching bag.
On October 30, Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat inaugurated the Karyakari Mandal meeting, the highest body for policy formulation and decision making in the RSS at Sarla Birla School of Ranchi. Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi accompanied Shri Bhagwat during the inaugural session. State level selected office bearers, national office bearers of Sangh affiliated organisations attended the meeting which lasted for three days. Prominent leaders from Bharateeya Kisan Sangh, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Akhil Bharateeya Vidyarthi Parishad, Bharateeya Mazdoor Sangh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharatiya Janata Party, Vidya Bharati, Vijnana Bharati, Kreeda Bharati, Seva Bharati, Samskrit Bharati, Samskar Bharati, Laghu Udyog Bharati, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, Bharat Vikas Parishad, etc participated in the meeting.
Abha Bharti from Ranchi