Lucknow : Relief work is ingrained in the very style of work of the Sangh. The disaster relief provided by the Sangh in Jammu and Kashmir, is an example of oneness. The Sangh also conducts service activities among backward, underprivileged and tribal sections of society. Nearly one lakh sixty thousand service activities are being run by swayamsevaks. This was revealed by the Sarkaryavaha of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Suresh Joshi (Bhaiyya ji Joshi), who was talking to journalists after the session of the All India Central Executive Committee of the Sangh.
He said that the environmental problem is serious. The work of increasing awareness in society about water conservation and tree planting will be taken up on a priority basis. Training camps will also be organized for this purpose. Speaking about the recent political changes in the country, he said that the people of the country have demonstrated their vigilance to the world. The people of Bharat can make proper decisions even in difficult circumstances. He said that the previous regime did not function in the national interest. People wanted change. The Sangh had supported the desire for change in the national interest by urging people to ensure 100 percent voting.
He acknowledged that many people, caught up in prejudices, criticize the Sangh. But since the society does not accept this, the Sangh is expanding rapidly. This year, 1.25 lakh youth participated in the primary training class. The activities of the Sangh are spreading to distant villages. The Sangh welcomes even people other than Hindus who join the Sangh.
Answering a question, Bhaiyya ji said that Sangh wanted to rouse the consciousness of Hindus. Society has to become strong. Only then can the country become strong. When asked, ‘who is a Hindu?’, he said that one who calls himself a Hindu is a Hindu. There is no difference on account of forms of worship in this view.
Expounding on the vision of rural development, Shri Bhaiyya ji said that if villagers develop their own plans, the administer can assist in their implementation. The Sangh’s conception of rural development includes the idea that villagers be educated, care both for environment and health , that the village be beautiful, that there is no discrimination, that the needs of the village be largely met by the village itself and cottage industries be strengthened.
The government has a special role to play in society. It should act in the interest of the people, set right the system and ensure security. On the other hand, the society itself should take the initiative for removing social evils. It should not depend on the state.
Asked about the construction of Shri Ram Temple, Bhaiyya ji said that the Ram temple is already there, and systematic worship being performed. What is needed now is to make it grand. The present government has declared in its election manifesto that it will remove the obstacles in the way of temple construction. For this, the government needs to be given some time.