Pune, September 16.
RSS-inspired organizations will make special efforts to increase participation of women in all fields and ensure their leading role. The issue was discussed at the Samanvay Baithak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said Dr. Manmohan Vaidya Ji, Sah-Sarkaryavah of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
A three-day coordination meeting of the RSS concluded in Pune today. Dr. Vaidya was speaking at a press conference held on the occasion. Sunil Ji Ambekar, Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh of RSS was present on the occasion. The meeting concluded with a speech by respected Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat Ji. A total of 243 representatives from 36 different organisations were present in the meeting.
Dr. Manmohan Vaidya Ji said that family is the smallest unit by Bharatiya philosophy. The role of women in the family is the most prominent. Therefore, women should play a leading role in every field of society. The increasing activism of women in the society is commendable, he said adding that the meeting elaborately discussed the topic to ensure women participation in the centenary year of RSS. He added that as many as 411 conferences will be organised across the country to enhance women-to-women contact. RSS, so far, has organized 73 such conferences in 12 prants, which received enthusiastic response with participation of more than 1.23 lakh women.
Stating that RSS had four stages - organization, expansion, contact and activities, in its journey of 97 years, the fourth stage started in 2006 during birth centenary of Shri Guruji. “This stage is marked by pledge by each Swayamsevak to contribute for the progress of nation”, he said. The meeting discussed efforts to organize righteous forces in the society and make them active.
In response to a question on Sanatan culture, he said that Sanatan Dharma does not mean religion. Sanatan civilization is a spiritual democracy. Those who make statements about Sanatan should first understand the meaning of this word. On a question about debate over India and Bharat, he said that the name of the country is Bharat and it should remain Bharat. “Bharat is the popular name since ancient times. The name Bharat has civilizational value”, he said.
Meeting of RSS-inspired organizations takes place once in a year. The organizations participating in this coordination meeting exchange their work and experience, as well as upcoming events.
Expansion of the RSS work
Dr. Manmohan ji said that the response to the Sangh work is increasing across the country. The number of shakhas is constantly increasing and it has crossed the number of shakhas as compared to pre-COVID period. In 2020, shakhas used to take place at 38,913 places as against 42,613 places in 2023. This is the growth of RSS work by 9.5 percent. The number of daily shakhas of the Sangh has increased from 62,491 in 2020 while their number in 2023 is 68,651. As many as 60 percent daily shakhas comprise student community. Shakhas of swayamsevaks up to 40 years comprise 30 percent while remaining ten percent shakhas include swayamsevaks, who are above 40 years old. Around 1.25 lakh swayamsevaks express their willingness to join RSS through official website every year. Most of them are from the age group 20 to 35 years old.