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How RSS and BJP together working for betterment of country

Updated: September 20, 2022 12:30 pm

Indian culture holds that the family is the smallest unit of society, in contrast to Western ideology, which views the individual as such. The transition from “me” to “us” begins with the family. Every Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer swears on the same basis, “I have become a constituent (volunteer) of RSS for the all-round progress of the nation.” The Sangh expects certain qualities from its swayamsevaks, including that they will successfully carry out the Sangh’s mission in society; will uphold the Akhil Bharatiya perspective, according to which this nation from Ram Setu to the Himalayas is one and is my own; firmly believe that all members of society are equal; regularly attend the shakha in order to put the nation above oneself and lead the movement while remaining in the background; and channelise character traits gained through familirisation with the Sangh.

It is through this selfless doctrine of RSS of putting the nation above all things, leaders like Atal Bihari Vapayee, LK Advani and PM Modi emerged. All three were associated with RSS and were pracharaks of the Sangh. Throughout the last eight years, the BJP, its leader Narendra Modi, and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have frequently been accused of pursuing a divisive agenda by critics and opponents of this government. Nothing could be further from the truth, and it’s striking how these critics of this narrative have sharpened their tone and position over the past eight years. Additionally, it shows that they are ignorant of the inner workings of the RSS and the relationships that exist between the RSS, the BJP, and the Modi administration. In order to repair the harm done in the past and re-start the process of nation-building, RSS and Modi have been working together. They do not view problems through the binary lens of majority-minority while pursuing nation building. Because they are working toward the same objective in several fields, the BJP and the RSS are not competing power centres.

The Modi government is using the resources available with the “state” to accomplish this, while the RSS is trying to bring about this transformation through more than 60,000 shakhas, more than three dozen social organisations run by its volunteers, and two lakh welfare projects on the ground for all sections of the society. Although there appears to be a synergy between these initiatives, at times it could be argued that they each take a different angle on the same problem. The fundamentals of this strategy are the same on both sides; the distinction results from the fact that while the RSS engages people directly, Modi uses the BJP’s large voter base and the governmental apparatus to forward their programme for nation-building.

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