Rathan Sharda’s speech was part of the Amruthashatham Lecture series organised by Kesari Malayalam weekly on “RSS Resolutions – Historic Documents of Social-Cultural Stands”. The lecture series was conducted in Kesari Bhavan, Kozhikode, in connection with the imminent centenary celebrations of RSS.
However, several people assess RSS resolutions on the basis of politics. The resolutions passed by the RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prathinidhi Sabha are not acceptable to many immediately. But we witness the fact that, on a later stage, several other organisations, governments, and other establishments accept and implement them. Sharda cited several examples in this connection. The resolution demanding the trifurcation of Kashmir is one of them. It was passed in 1993 after serious deliberations. It was the lengthiest discussion in the history of RSS resolutions. The nation accepted it after several decades.
Another topic was reservation. Forty resolutions have been passed on national issues; 22 of them were in the context of minority affairs. 15 resolutions on Hindu social issues; 17 on economic affairs; 14 on culture; 25 on Jammu Kashmir; 17 on North East matters; and 15 on Pakistan affairs. They were never modified, but the governments took them up on later stage.
Even though they invited the wrath of the others during the contemporary period, Sangh stands were accepted later on. Sangh lost the lives of several swayamsevaks due to its stand in Khalistan issue. Still, Sangh did not change the stand. Later on, it was proven that the Sangh stand was correct. The Sangh style is to see that its resolutions are accepted and implemented. The policies the RSS has been following for the last few decades with respect to social harmony, the eradication of caste discrimination, the country’s defence, demographic balance, reservation, etc. are now followed by the country.
Sharda emphasised that RSS resolutions are the guiding lights for social transformation and reformation. RSS resolutions are prepared on the basis of deep studies of various issues affecting social life. RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Prathinidhi Sabha conclaves are attended by national and state-level senior leaders and senior functionaries of Sangh-inspired organisations. The resolutions undergo hair-splitting deliberations during the session of the Sabha.
Sharda obtained his PhD for the studies on the historic significance of the RSS resolutions.
Kozhikode Press Club Secretary PR Rakesh presided. Reception Committee Chairman PN Devadas was present. Kavalam Sasikumar, Deputy Editor of Janmabhumi Malayalam Daily, welcomed the gathering. National Teachers Union (NTU) Kozhikode district general secretary, B Bijeesh proposed vote of thanks.