A senior RSS functionary on Monday justified its reconversion programme as a "national necessity", saying nearly 2,000 people have re-embraced Hinduism in Madhya Pradesh during the past few months.
RSS Praant Karyawah (state in-charge) Ashok Agarwal told reporters that 'ghar wapsi' had been going on “unnoticed” in Madhya Pradesh and it had not become a talking point since it never became controversial.
Agarwal condemned a spurt in attacks on churches but claimed small incidents were sometimes blown up by the media.
Speaking to the media after returning from Nagpur, where he attended a three-day brainstorming session of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the top policy and decision-making body of the RSS, Agarwal said the his organization is working to create awareness about cow slaughter across the country.
“Making laws protecting the cow is not enough. The awareness has to come from within society,” he said. The Sangh has asked the state government to safeguard grazing grounds in villages so that cows can be protected.
Asked whether the RSS plans to ask BJP leaders whose children study in English medium schools to switch to Hindi institutions, Agrawal said a resolution in this regard stressed on primary schooling in the mother tongue.
Elaborating on the resolution passed at the Nagpur meet that said primary education should be imparted in the mother tongue, he said the Sangh wants to start this "from within".
Agarwal said another resolution passed at the Nagpur meet was to welcome the observance of international yoga day on June 21.
He claimed no RSS functionary was linked to the scandal in examinations and recruitment tests conducted by the professional examination board.
The geographical area of Madhya Pradesh has been divided into three ‘praants’ by the RSS - Madhya Bharat, Mahakoshal and Malwa. Agarwal said there are 6,321 shakhas in the state and there was a 25% increase in their number in the past three years.
(With inputs from agencies)