This year, when heavy rains lashed Kerala, nature’s fury spared none. As humanity reached out to connect and save souls, sadly, some saw it a fit moment to divide people along political sides in the Herculean relief efforts.
The myopic political mindset of the Congress party flabbergasted the nation. Congress President Rahul Gandhi chose such an occasion to target the RSS and its associated organisations. But putting their foot in their mouth has now become the favourite past time of the grand old party and its novice leaders. After all, comparing the RSS to the Muslim Brotherhood shows how out of touch Rahul Gandhi is from ground realities. The Muslim Brotherhood is banned in several countries from Russia to Syria and even Saudi Arabia as a terrorist organisation.
Those who choose to malign the RSS have not done their homework, whether it’s the Congress or the Aam Aadmi Party.
They know nothing about the work of the mammoth organisations affiliated to the RSS. From the Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Akhil Bhartiya Adhivakta Parishad to Swadeshi Jagran Manch, to Sewa Bharti, Rashtra Sewika Samiti, Shisksha Bharti, Ekal Vidalya, Vidya Bharti, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Vivekanand Kendra to the India Development and Relief Fund, all have contributed greatly to the nation.
The RSS has contributed to many such platforms to achieve one goal — make India strong, unified and vibrant. This also makes the RSS a movement and perhaps one of the largest social organisations in the world which is not deterred by the fact that it has been targeted and maligned over decades for petty political gains. Despite the opposition's vilifications, the RSS has taken all this in its stride and continued working relentlessly and selflessly to make Indian society strong.
When eminent Indian nuclear scientists go to far-flung areas of Nagaland and teach arithmetic and mathematics to tribal village students, it doesn’t make headlines. But such intellectuals do this service for these underprivileged students not as charity but as a mission. Many don’t know that organisations like Sewa Bharti and Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad are the silent mediums which strive towards such noble causes.
Ekal Vidyalaya is a movement involved in the integrated and holistic development of rural and tribal India. The main activity undertaken by this movement is to run single-teacher schools (known as Ekal Vidyalayas) in the remotest rural and tribal villages across India. When volunteers of the JKSC (Jammu Kashmir Study Circle) research, collect data and then file a PIL in the Supreme Court against a major constitutional anomaly like Article 35A, their mission is to give justice to a large section of discriminated Indians. They fight for the right of equality of fellow citizens. They seek to make the Constitution even stronger — and supreme. Such volunteers who have their training with many RSS affiliates are nameless and faceless and don’t seek any personal benefits. This sense of participatory citizenship in a democracy is a role model for others.
When the winds of economic liberalisation were brought in 1991 by then-finance minister Manmohan Singh in the Narasimha Rao government, large sections of the Indian economy were opened to the stress and strain of the free market economy. To protect and safeguard the interests of the people ranging from industrial labour to marginalised farmers, the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Swadeshi Jagran Manch took up their cause in national interest. The SJM (Swadesh Jagran Manch) virtually reignited the minds of millions by bringing the principles of swadeshi, as propounded by Mahatma Gandhi, to be equated with good governance or swaraj. The philosophy of swadeshi and swaraj today have been accepted, not only by the masses but now as a strong pillar in government policy in the form of Start-up India and Make in India.
What would you call an organisation which has 13,786 projects in education, 10,908 in healthcare, 17,560 in social welfare and 7,452 in self-reliance areas? This is just not a figure, it is a mission where people join, contribute and help in making individuals, communities and sectors more strong and effective. This is perhaps the unknown facet of Sewa Bharti, as the name suggests. This platform, or rather, the mission is about community building and selfless service to the nation.
The above-mentioned examples are like a drop in the ocean. Unsung heroes and heroic citizens who are silently contributing via the various missions are never shown or seen on any media platform. For them, service to the nation is the biggest goal of their life. For them, there is no religion bigger than serving the motherland.
When vested interests and myopic leaders like the Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, Randeep Surjewala or Manish Tewari thus target the RSS and its affiliates, one gets to see a deep inferiority complex. When selfish leaders see the tireless and selfless service of each and every RSS member, they realise how small and self-centred they and their predecessors have been in their lust for power.
Thus, when Rahul Gandhi attacks the RSS, he apparently tries to cover the failures that even history judges the Congress for. This complex that Mr Gandhi and his ilk suffer from makes them so scared of the RSS.
The fact of the matter is that Congressmen of today know in their conscience that they have not contributed to nation building in the same way as many in the RSS have done.
They know that they have abused power and when they look at themselves in the mirror, this inferiority complex grows deeper.
This makes leaders like Rahul Gandhi scared of the RSS because on ground level, the work done by the RSS is substantial and significant, especially for the masses, marginalised and the underprivileged citizens of India.
The way the Congress is infested with this inferiority complex, it is very clear that they suffer from intellectual bankruptcy and verbal diarrhoea. When the Congress demands the banning of the RSS, it clearly forgets how its ''saffron terror'' bogey was pulverised to pieces in the court. The Malegaon and Sadhbhavna blast investigations have always upheld the truth and shown the Congress a mirror.
The grand old party is now like a patient who has a headache but is taking medicine for diarrhoea. I pray that they overcome this inferiority complex. But till the time they get cured, they have to live under the fear of the nation-building efforts of the RSS and its affiliates.