The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday dismissed accusations linking it with some recent “condemnable” incidents like Dadri lynching episode, saying the Sangh is unnecessarily being put in the “dock” as part of a “conspiracy” by some forces.
Addressing a news conference at the end of the three-day national executive meet, RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said that in the last few days some forces have been trying to put the Sangh in the dock by linking it with different incidents, which he described was an “insult” to the Hindu society.
“We believe that the Sangh is unnecessarily being put in the dock as part of a conspiracy. We have always condemned such incidents because such incidents are not good for the society,” he said.
Joshi made these remarks in response to a question as to why RSS is facing accusations of being intolerant following the Dadri incident that had sparked an outrage.
Ikhlaq Ahmed, a 50-year-old resident of Dadri in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, was lynched by a mob over “beef” eating rumours on the night of September 28.
He said the Sangh had always been constructive in its thoughts and respected everyone’s sentiment. “We have been in the social life for the last 90 years and nobody raised allegations of intolerance against the Sangh.”
Reiterating the organisation’s stance on the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya, he said party in power at the Centre “could have paved the way for the construction of the temple at Ayodhya through an Act, if it had the majority in the Rajya Sabha and had the case in the Supreme Court not been pending”.
“Had the ruling-BJP been in majority in both the houses of Parliament, the paving of the law could have been made,” he said.
“The people in power( at the Centre) have to think how it could be made in the present scenario.”
On the question of the “godly status” accorded to Sai Baba by Joshji Math Sankaracharya Swami Swaropanad Saraswati, he said in the Hindu religion and culture “there is a right and liberty to choose ones’ god and to worship”.
“Even mountains and trees are venerated and worshipped as gods. There are followers and worshippers of Sai Baba in the Sangh,” he said.
“The controversy over this was uncalled for and does not deserve to be a moot point.
“Neither Sai Saba nor society proclaimed him as a god…”
He said the Sangh during its three-day deliberations has decided to work for management and development of water resources, cleanliness and pollution-free country.
“The problem could be solved by drafting social institutions and organisations in the effort,” he said.
He reiterated that the Sangh’s stand on restricting entry of Dalits into temples was wrong. “Preventing temple entry on caste consideration goes against our avowed policy of social harmony (samajik samrasata),” he said.
“A conducive environment needs to be created in the country for this.”
The last three years have been a great period for the expansion of the Sangh with the opening of more than 15,000 new shakhas and the number of branches have gone up to 50,400, Joshi said.
“Youngsters are flocking in hordes towards the Sangh and 91% of them have joined in the last three years,” he claimed.