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Muslim organizations need to learn from RSS and work in education, health

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RSS mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ had printed in its 1949 issue that “in our Constitution, there is no mention of the development of the unique ancient Indian Constitution…mentioned in the Manu Smiriti, this Constitution still enthralls the world…but it has no meaning for our Constitutional scholars.”

This is the same RSS that questioned the Constitution, freely criticized Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, refused to accept the national flag for years and remained miles away from the freedom struggle of India. It is the same organisation which was banned thrice by the Indian government.

In the last hundred years, RSS has grown and multiplied to more than 60,000 branches. Thousands of its branches are scattered in more than fifty countries. It is also running its programs actively in many Muslim countries as well. It has more than 9 crore members. This organisation has seeped into all the nooks and crannies of India and has branches in more than 60,000 villages in India.

The organisation has no dearth of workers or financial help from generous supporters. It runs thousands of schools across the country. Under the banner of RSS, these schools are educating and releasing lakhs of students as RSS soldiers every year. In aboriginal villages it has opened thousands of schools in which it teaches the aboriginal children saffron ideology, ethics and brainwashes them.

Despite being labeled as an organisation of upper castes, it was established to unite Hindus. Today, despite the knowledge that Dalits and lower caste Hindus have little place in this organisation, the Hindu majority has its back. Even today there are strong undercurrents of differences and contradiction about the reservation of Dalits and OBC Hindus within the organisation. Besides this, RSS supports various issues that a majority of Indian Hindus do not support or advocate. Despite these differences, there is something that is bringing people and RSS together and they are getting closer with each passing day. What is the secret of this affinity?

Such a big presence in such a short time is a mystery that should arouse the Muslim leaders. This is a question that should awaken Muslim thinkers, pioneers, and leaders. The country does have organisations of other religions, like Muslim or Christian organisations. But none have experienced the kind of success story that RSS has written in the last hundred years, and more noticeably, in the last twenty years.

Muslim leaders need to think if what has been done in the past and what is being done currently for Muslims by their organisations is enough. And take a page of the loyal enthusiasm from others, particularly from the RSS and use it for the betterment of their community instead of personal gains.

(Translated from Inquilab)

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