RSS Sah-Sarkaryawah Dr Krishna Gopal addressing press persons in Nagpur on March 9
He was interacting with the media persons at Reshambag premises where the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) of RSS is currently in session. The ABPS meeting will conclude on Sunday and the new Sarkaryawah will be elected on Saturday, he added.
Dr Krishna Gopal said that the total expected numbers of participants to this ABPS is 1538 and more than 90 percent of them are attending the current meeting. He said that the RSS work has spread to over 95 percent districts in the country barring a few in Nagaland, Mizoram and Kashmir Valley.
The office-bearers of 35 RSS associated organizations are participating in this meeting in addition to 25 women activists, he further added.
Talking about the growth of RSS Dr Krishna Gopal said that the number of daily shakhas has swollen to 58967 over the previous year’s figure of 57165 with number of places going up to 37190 from 36729 of the previous year. The number of weekly ‘Milan’ also registered an increase of over 2000 taking their number to 16405 from 14986. The monthly meetings or ‘Sangh Mandalis’ as they are called in the RSS Parlance, have gone up to 7976 from 7594 of the previous year. This all put together the number comes to 83,348, he said.
The RSS organizes training camps for its cadre every year. The swayamsevaks are expected to complete their training in RSS in these three camps. This year 86 such training camps were organized throughout the country registering participation of 24139 swayamsevkas. Besides, a Prathamik Shiksha Varg (PSV) is also organized and this year their number came to 1180 with total participation of 95318 swayamsevaks. These two add to a total of 119,457 swayamsevanks who received the RSS training in 2018.
Citing example of recent RSS congregation in Assam Dr Krishna Gopal said that for the first time 31,151 swayamsevaks from all social strata in Assam participated in the special congregation titles ‘Luitporia Hindu Samabesh’ on January 21, 2018 in Guwahati. This was our biggest achievement; he said adding that most tribal groups were also represented in that program. The presence of various religious leaders of tribal communities in that program was indicative of how RSS ideology of nationalism was appealing and attracting them successfully, he said.
He further said that the RSS organized birth centenary of famous Buddhist scholar, former ambassador Kushak Bakula of Laddakh all over the country. Through organizing Hindu Spiritual Service Fair (HSSF) service activities of varied nature like schools, hostels, hospitals etc. conducted by these Hindu spiritual leaders and their organizations for the welfare of neglected and downtrodden sections of the society.
The RSS is undertaking special efforts to reach out farmers, IT professionals and slum-dwellers in metro cities, he said.
The ABPS is expected to take up discussion on resolution related to preservation of native dialects and languages, Dr Krishna Gopal said adding that this was felt necessary as many dialects are on the verge of getting extinct and there is a grave danger to literature preserved in them through the age-old oral tradition.