The RSS, which has always demanded a check on the 'mushroom' growth of the madarsas,specially, on the porous UP-Nepal border, has now hit upon a novel idea to counter it -- RSS-run Vidya Bharti schools, all along the roughly 550 kilometer-long-border, eastern UP shares with Nepal.
To undertake the task, theSangh has floated a new body, Seema Jagran Manch, which would oversee the construction of these schools.
The RSS, which has long maintained that madarsas, on both sides of the border, were actually being used for anti-national activity, feels that through these schools, it would be able to create an "army of patriots" ready to take on anyone casting an evil eye on India.
The only problem: Just as they accuse the madarsas of indulging in anti-national activity, the RSS too has critics, who feel that the Sangh agenda is guided by Israel.
"The RSS people clearly are on the payrolls of Israel. We have maintained this for long. So their coming up with a scheme to set up border schools, where Sangh ideology would be served in liberal doses, doesn't surprise us," said Zafaryab Jilani, a senior member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). Senior police officials while confirming that the madarsas on the borders have increased manifold, said, "There are some cases where we have inputs that something suspicious might be going on along the border. But, then, there's no guarantee that RSS-run schools would be able to improve things." The police sources said that there were around 1000 madarsas on both sides of the border.
Undeterred, the Sangh plans to go ahead with its plan of building schools. But that's not all. Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar said, "Through the Seema Jagran Manchwe have started conducting coaching camps in border areas to provide training to youths. We plan to create a network in the border areas, which would tip-off security forces on spotting any suspicious activity there."
A drive is already on to make more and more people on the border join the Seema Suraksha Bal and to encourage greater interaction between the Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) and the people living on the Indian side of the border, the RSS has launched a novel rakshabandhan scheme, encouraging people on the Indian side to tie rakhi to SSB jawans.