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New Delhi,Piyush Srivastava: It’s a reality that has got Mohan Bhagwat worried. The attendance at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shakhas has been dwindling. Youths seem to be disinterested in the Sangh.
However, despite these odds Bhagwat asserted on Monday that the time is ripe to pursue the Hindutva agenda across the country.
Bhagwat said: “Time is favourable to expedite our works and enhance our expansion plans. We need to chalk our strategies to make inroads among the people and bring the youths to our shakhas.
“Unfortunately, the latest reports suggest that the attendance in the shakhas is going down,” Bhagwat was quoted as saying at a meeting of the Sangh members in Uttarakhand’s Nainital on Monday.
Bhagwat was in Nainital for a review meeting of RSS to be held between July 21 and 24. Over 180 members of several wings of the Sangh were present at the meeting.
Top Sangh leaders including Suresh Soni, Bhaiyyaji Joshi and Krishna Gopal reached Nainital on Sunday to review the progress of the organisation.
The venue of the meeting is Nainital’s Parvati Prema Jagati Saraswati Vihar Senior Secondary School.
The issues to be discussed at the meeting will include the ways and means to enhance the activities of the Sangh and review the works done to prevent religious conversion.
The agenda for the next four months will also be discussed, sources said.
According to sources, while some Sangh members wanted to raise the issue of serving non-vegetarian food to the students of IIT Roorkee, Bhagwat remained silent about it.
He also didn’t say anything concerning an article published in the Sangh mouthpiece ‘Organiser’. The article had stated that those with Leftist leanings or with proximity with the Congress party have been holding important positions in IITs and IIMs.
“We are sure that he will speak about it all on July 23, when he will deliver a speech,” an RSS functionary said.
Bhagwat was also quoted as saying that the Sangh was in touch with people in the Government to coordinate on several contentious issues of the Hindutva.
A senior RSS functionary said: “The RSS is happy with its progress in the last one year. It has succeeded to a large extent in leaving its impact on several centres of higher education. But we need to get our due space in the professional institutes.
“Although we already have our substantial presence in Kanpur IIT, there is unnecessary resistance against us in Mumbai and Kharagpur IIT. So is the case with the IIMs.
“The previous governments have purposefully kept right-wing academicians away from it. But now is the time to reverse the process and do justice to those who have been loyal to us for a long time. We are going to discuss this issue with Bhagwat on July 23.”