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RSS calls for empowerment of Dalits, scheduled castes and tribes

Expressing concern over the growing atrocities on Dalits and tribals in the country, the Rasthriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Sunday expressed its commitment to the empowerment of the marginalised sections of the Hindu society.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2016 22:07 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi at the conclave in Singapur Township, Annojiguda near Hyderabad on Sunday.(PTI)

Expressing concern over the growing atrocities on Dalits and tribals in the country, the Rasthriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Sunday expressed its commitment to the empowerment of the marginalised sections of the Hindu society.

Briefing the media on the first day of the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) at Sree Vidya Mandir premises in Annojiguda on the city outskirts, Sah Sar Karyavaha (joint general secretary) Prof V Bhagaiah said the Sangh wanted the marginalised sections of Hindu society, especially the scheduled castes and tribes, to receive grants committed to them by the government.

He added that the Sangh was actively working with other organisations towards empowerment of the SCs and STs.

“Sangh believes that discrimination on the basis of caste is anti-human, unconstitutional and does not have sanction of the Hindu Shastras,” Bhagaiah said.

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He said the Sangh conducted extensive surveys on social issues, including whether all Hindus had access to a common cremation ground, temple entry and access to common water bodies.

“Swayamsevaks (RSS members) are actively involved in solving these issues wherever they come across them. For instance, in Palamoor (Mahbubnagar) district of Telangana, RSS workers along with ABVP activists actively worked towards removal of two-glass system on the basis of caste in several villages,” he said.

The senior RSS leader said the progress of the organisation’s work related to various dimensions of society, including dharmic issues, cultural awareness, building of family values, integrated village development and other social issues, were discussed at the ABKM meeting.

During deliberations on Day 1, the RSS expressed grave concern over the politically motivated murders of Hindus, particularly members of the RSS and the BJP, by “intolerant communists” in Kerala and other parts of the country.

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The Sangh alleged that in West Bengal, Muslims were involved in the molestation and killing of Hindu girls, many of them belonging to the SC/ST community.

“This has the blessings of the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. The high court of Kolkata too admonished the state government for pampering and appeasing the minority community at the cost of fundamental rights of Hindus,” Bhagaiah said.

He added that the Sangh would discuss the global economic crisis, global warming and animosity among nations in the coming days.

“This year is the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. He propounded the philosophy of ‘ekatma manava darashan’ or integral humanism based on Bharatiya philosophical foundations. It gives a global view of sustainable development, sustainable consumption and humane treatment of nature,” he said.