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Right sees red over Left rise

EVEN AS Atal Bihari Vajpayee implored party leaders to take a leaf out the Left?s success story, the Right is terribly worried about the Red?s onward march. Already battling ?Muslim and Christian conversion activity?, the rising importance of the Communists has increased the concern of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 00:14 IST

EVEN AS Atal Bihari Vajpayee implored party leaders to take a leaf out the Left’s success story, the Right is terribly worried about the Red’s onward march.

Already battling “Muslim and Christian conversion activity”, the rising importance of the Communists has increased the concern of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

The worry was explicit as Akhil Bharatiya Baudhik Shikshan pramukh of the RSS Madhu Bhai Kulkarni told a select group of swayamsewaks here that the ascendancy of the Left “is a dangerous sign for the country”. After listening to Kulkarni, a swayamsewak at the organisation training category camp said the Sangh wanted to stop the Red march. 

The RSS has already planned ways to counter the Red brigade. They intend to increase the number of shakhas. Kulkarni said like Muslim and Christian missionaries, the Left parties were organised and have cadre strength.

“Therefore, only an organised RSS can cope with the Left threat,” he added.

Another swayamsewak, who was part of preparatory camp, admitted the slump in the number of active RSS members. “The numbers are not increasing in the way it used to be,” he said.

However, the RSS plans to react to the present political scene. Kulkarni revealed to a few swayamsewaks and pracharaks the complex calculation that lies at the heart of the Sangh’s strategy to counter the Left.

Kulkarni said there were approximately 60,000 shakhas in the country. Plans were afoot to select two active youth members from each shakha. This group of 1.2 lakh swayamsewaks would devote at least 5-7 years to the RSS and strive to take the number of shakhas to 1 lakh, Kulkarni added.

Thereafter, two active members from each shakha would be entrusted with the job of pracharak as well as vistarak. They would have the mandate to increase the strength of a shakha from 10 to 25 members. Once this was done the number of RSS members would take a quantum leap from the present 6 lakh to 25 lakh, he projected.

The Sangh also has a job cut out for its existing members. The Sangh veteran said each member would be directed to spread the RSS ideology to at least 10 people. In this way, the RSS would reach out to 2.5 crore countrymen.

As an RSS functionary said once the plan was implemented, Muslim and Christian missionaries and the Leftists would face a tough challenge. To show how serious the RSS was about its plan, Kulkarni said the selection of ‘active members’ would begin from the first week of July.