RSS on Mission to Extend its Base in Punjab: Training Camp Near Ludhiana

Mohan BhagwatLUDHIANA, Punjab (September 12, 2014)—Right-wing Hindu force Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is on a mission to extend its base in the Sikh dominated state of Punjab. It has come to light that a five-day training camp is being conducted by the fascist organization at Doraha, near Ludhiana, and its chief Mohan Bhagwat has arrived to attend the camp.

In recent weeks, this is Bhagwat’s second camp and third visit to Punjab. Prior to this, a similar training camp was held at Mansa under the aegis of Bhagwat which was attended by activists of RSS from Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.

As per certain media sources, at least 32 functionaries of RSS from across the country had come to participate in the camp going on at Vanasthali Jain Mandir here. On the fourth day, several crucial issues concerning the state were discussed. Sangh’s rank and file were also discussed on what steps could be taken to strengthen its political wing, the BJP, in the state.

It was also decided that a membership campaign would be launched on large scale, especially in urban areas of the state, where it would be ensured that BJP gets maximum support.

RSS’s national propaganda secretary Dr Manmohan Vaidya said that the membership of the Sangh was increasing by leaps and bounds throughout the country due to the use of the internet. The move has started showing results, with almost 2,000 members joining the Sangh fold online every month.

“There are at least 10,000 Information Technology (IT) professionals who have joined the organisation as members so far and the number is ever increasing”, Vaidya said, adding, “Official website of RSS has drawn a great number of people. We are receiving a number of requests for membership every day. In 2012, there were 2,000 requests on an average every month that increased to 2,500 in 2013. This year, in August alone we received 13,000 requests for membership through the website.”

Responding to a question asked to him as to what role played by RSS in bringing Modi government at the Centre, Vaidya said, “RSS spread awareness among the Indian masses and drew maximum votes for a nationalist government. Now it is the responsibility of new the government to work for the country”.

The RSS and its various wings are working on an agenda of bringing other religions including Sikhism into the fold of Hinduism by eliminating their separate identities.