Scattered across continents, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) plans to use cyber technology to keep its flock together.
For this, it plans to launch e-shakhas (cyber branches) to reach out to more people working in different countries.
On such experiment by a group of its workers has already met with success. For almost a year, a group of RSS workers has been running an e-shakha, in which volunteers from 27 countries participate every Sunday.
The one-hour online shakha includes guidance on physical exercise and baudhik (intellectual), which comprises discussions
on various topics.
An RSS worker, Pranav Pawar who is coordinating the activity from Pune, told Hindustan Times that e-shakhas were an impromptu decision by a few activists who could not keep in touch with the RSS after moving to foreign lands.
Pawar clarified that no official decision had been taken yet about the online activity.
He said almost 250 RSS swayamsewaks (volunteers) across the world had been participating in e-shakha from countries like Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Holland, Nigeria, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, and South America.
Activists from Indian infotech hubs — Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune —were also part of it.
They include women volunteers too.
Sources in the RSS said its leadership planned to launch the activity formally in the wake of a fall in the number of daily shakhas.
“The experiment can be taken up officially as it will help us reach more people to spread RSS’s ideology,” said a senior functionary on condition of anonymity.
Currently, the RSS also organises about 2,000 weekly IT milan (meetings) all over the country in which professionals from the information technology sector participate.