Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Sunday, Jun 12, 2005

About Us
Contact Us
National
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

National Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

We want to keep away from politics: RSS chief

Special Correspondent

"There is a new generation with scant knowledge of one's culture"

JAIPUR: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief K.S. Sudarshan on Saturday said the party wanted to keep away from politics as it had negative influence always and changed very often.

Addressing the concluding session of a workers' training camp in Sikar, Rajasthan, he said, "At its best, political power can protect the country from external and internal aggression." Even after 50 years of Independence problems persisted.

There was a need to mobilise and organise society which the RSS and other front organisations such as the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had been doing.

"The previous [NDA] Government's efforts to change the education system created by the British is praiseworthy," he said. "There is a new generation with scant knowledge of one's culture and past," he said. "Misplaced" arguments such as the Aryan invasion of India stood corrected now.

"Not anti-Muslim"

In his hour-long speech at the Adarsh Vidya Mandir campus, Mr. Sudarshan tried to erase the anti-Muslim image of the RSS. He mentioned the Christian missionaries and "jehadis" as potential threats to the nation. "The allegation that the Sangh is anti-Muslim is not true. No organisation which entertains a negative ideology can contribute to growth," he said. The emotional content that sustained the RSS was Hindutva.

"We did not damage anybody's place of worship. Our saints carried the message of Hindu culture to distant lands such as Mexico," he said.

The Western faiths lacked the concept of soul and the spirit of inclusiveness. The British tried to understand Hinduism but they missed out on the concept of "dharma."

Saffronisation

Mr. Sudarshan said the Sangh wanted "saffronisation" of the country. "Saffron is a good colour.

The countrymen should not have this feeling that we are a defeated race."

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

National

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu