शनिवार, 11 अक्तूबर 2014

Shakhas have grown by 13% across the country: RSS - The Hindu

Shakhas have grown by 13% across the country: RSS - The Hindu

"Two years ago, on an average, one thousand persons were joining the RSS each month. Now it has gone up to 7000"

A 13% increase in numbers of Shakhas or daily conventions of Hindu
nationalist organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is
registered across the country between July 2012 and July 2014. During
the period 4,635 Shakhas were started, the deputy-chief of the national
publicity wing, J Nandakumar told the journalists in Kolkata on Friday.
However, the growth in West Bengal is three times of the national
average. The office bearers of the RSS in Bengal had earlier told The Hindu that the number of Shakhas have gone up by nearly 38% in the State in the corresponding period. 

In 2012, RSS had 34,761 active Shakhas in the country. In next one year
it went up to 37,125 and now (last July) it stands at 39396, said Mr
Nandakumar. ““Two years ago, on an average, one thousand persons were
joining the RSS each month. Now it has gone up to 7000,” Mr Nandkumar
told The Hindu. He further added that the organisation has set up
an elaborate network to reach out to the people who are willing to join
the RSS. “Once they send us their coordinates, they are contacted by
the local office bearers and requested to participate in our initial
interaction programmes,” Mr. Nandakumar said. 

Mr. Nandakumar has also expressed concern regarding alleged
“uncontrolled infiltration” from Bangladesh resulting in recent incident
of a blast in Bardhaman district of Bengal. “To make people aware of
the negative impact of the infiltration, we formed a platform in the
bordering districts as well,” said Mr Nandakumar. The objective of the
platform is to raise infiltration related awareness. 

Bengal scenario
In last two years the number of Shakhas had gone up from about 840 to
1,015 in south Bengal zone (stretching from central Bengal to Andaman
and Nicobar Island). The weekly conventions (Sammelans) in south Bengal
has gone up to about 500 from “a few hundreds” while the monthly
meetings of the volunteers in the villages (Sangh Mandali), have
multiplied many times to about 1,200 in last few years. Additionally,
hundreds of “introductory sessions,” training camps of boys (around 18)
are organised routinely. Enrolment in three years’ induction course has
also increased. 

The growth of RSS in erstwhile Communist stronghold is not limited to
south Bengal but has also extended to the northern districts of the
State, from Raghunathganj in Murshidabad till Bhutan border, including
Sikkim. On a regular basis the north Bengal chapter of the RSS is
running 300-350 Sakhas, about 100 weekly Sammelans and 150 Sangh
Mandalis. ThePrachar Pramukh (spokesperson) of the RSS in north Bengal,
Basudeb Pal had accepted the problem to assemble adequate volunteers to
perform all the rituals of a Sakha. “But we have overcome the problem,”
the veteran Pracharak had earlier said.
The organisation is allegedly facing “resistance” from the ruling party
in the State, complained many office bearers. The Prachar Pramukh of RSS
in south Bengal Jisnu Basu had earlier said that the local
administration is refusing to cooperate. “In Bankura, Raiganj and Malda
districts the administration refused permission for the route-march of
the RSS volunteers,” said Mr. Basu couple of months back. However,
administration denied such allegations.

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