Though the RSS has not been entirely appreciative of the style of functioning of PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, it has allowed them a 'free hand' to ensure smooth functioning of the government. A senior RSS leader, who preferred anonymity, said: "It is like love-hate relationship between the RSS and the Modi-Shah duo."
The latter's widely perceived "autocratic" style of functioning without taking senior functionaries of the party and government into confidence and their "pro-corporate" image has been among the sore points for the RSS, a sizeable number of RSS swayamsevaks here said. However, senior swayamsevak Virag Pachpore says the BJP, the Modi government and the RSS share a good rapport. "It's purely media's figment of imagination of chinks in the saffron relationship. RSS knows the limitations of the government as it has to function under the constitutional framework. It would not insist on things that are unconstitutional," he said. RSS insiders here in Nagpur say the Modi-Shah duo has been given a free hand to allow them to perform and carry forward the RSS agenda.
Another senior swayamsevak pointed out that it was Bhagwat who had announced the end of the Atal-Advani era in the BJP in Kolkata on June 30, 2004, after the BJP's defeat in the general elections and underscored the need to push young blood in the party.
Bharatiya Janata Party: The Jan Sangh was set up in 1951. Just before the 1977 elections, it was merged with the Janata Party. RSS loyalists left the party on the issue of dual membership and the BJP came into existence in April 1980. It celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad: The RSS students' wing was set up on July 9, 1949. Almost all senior BJP and RSS stalwarts, including PM Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, have served in the ABVP in different capacities.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh: The largest trade union organisation in the country strongly opposes Modi's labour law reforms and pushing of economic reforms. RSS leader Dattopant Thengdi founded the BMS in 1955. It has over 94 lakh members.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad: It was founded in 1964 to "organise, consolidate the Hindu society and to serve and protect the Hindu dharma". It has been involved in the dispute over the Ram temple issue for over 40 years. Bajrang Dal is its youth wing while the Durga Vahini is its young women's wing.
Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram: It was founded in 1952 at Jashpur (Chhattisgarh) to counter Christian missionaries. It focuses on indigenous tribes in remote areas of the country. It has around 11,800 branches across India
Samajik Samrasta Manch: Set up in 1983 mainly to eradicate the caste system within Hindu society that had led lower caste Hindus to embrace other religions, particularly Christianity and Islam.
Vidya Bharati: An educational wing of the RSS, it runs over 13,000 schools with 35 lakh students across the country. It started from Gorakhpur, UP with Shishu Mandir (nursery).
Adhiwakta Parishad: An organisation of RSS loyalist lawyers that works among lawyers, jurists and law academicians. It was set up in 1992
Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana: Set up to re-write history by proving that aspects of Hindu mythology are factual. Established in 1973 at Nagpur.
Swadeshi Jagaran Manch: It is an economics wing of RSS started in 1991. It is strongly against multi-nationals and advocates Swadeshi.
Bharatiya Kisan Sangh: The farmers' organisation opposes the BJP-led government's proposed land acquisition bill. It was set up in 1979 under the guidance of veteran trade union leader Dattopant Thengdi.
Sewa Bharati: Set up in 1980, Sewa Bharati provides service to the underprivileged by providing healthcare, food, and education.
RSS in numbers
51,330: The number of RSS shakhas spread across the country by 2015.
33,222: Number of places where these shakhas are held.
10,413: An increase in the number of shakhas as compared to that of last year's figures.
5,161: The number of places where the shakhas are held saw an increase in the last one year.