Hyderabad: “The West thinks that Hindus and Muslims in India are going to fight and die,” said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat. He was speaking at the organisation’s first Telangana state-level meeting on December 25, which started with a grand route march in Hyderabad. Reportedly, around 8,000 swayamsevaks participated in this venture. “However, you watch,” he added, “Nothing of that sort is going to happen. This country will definitely find a way to stay together, and that will be the Hindu way.”
The RSS rally started from Mansoorabad, Hastinapuram and Vanasthalipuram, merged at LB Nagar X Road and moved to the Indoor Stadium at Saroornagar. A demonstration of physical prowess followed the rally. Mohan Bhagwat and industrialist BVR Mohan Reddy attended the meeting at Saroornagar Indoor Stadium as its chief speaker and chief guest respectively. Giving much vigour to the attendees, Mohan Bhagwat said, “India has always been a Hindu nation. There is nothing to change in it. You only need to walk with it.”
On Tuesday, the organisation inaugurated a three-day Vijay Sankalp Shibir of the Telangana’s RSS wing at Mangalapalli in Rangareddy district. The camp at Mangalapalli aims to expand and strengthen the organisation in the state. Hinduism, patriotism, and other such topics dominate the training camps, as they seek to spread into different villages, setting a target of 10,000 villages in Telangana. To the organisation, Hinduism isn’t a religion. “For us, whoever follows the values and culture of India is a Hindu,” says the RSS chief.
The organisation started their first RSS shakha in Telangana at Koratala town in 1949. Today, RSS has nearly 4000 shakhas in the Telugu state.