ABPS: RSS Joint Secretary briefs the press at Bangalore

Akhila Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha began at Bangalore today morning. RSS Sarsanghachalak lit the lamp and inaugurated the session. 

Shri.Dattatreya Hosabale, Akhil Bharatiya Saha Sarkaryavaha addressed the press today morning. Below is an extract of the Saha Sarkaryavaha’s press briefing.

“Akhil Bharateeya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) of RSS starts today in Bengaluru. Sarsanghachalak Ji inaugurated the ABPS by lighting the lamp. The APBS has been organized thrice earlier in Bengaluru and twice at other places in Karnataka, at Puttur and Mangalore. Around 1385 delegates from all over the country are expected in this annual meeting of the Sangh. The ABPS reviews the past one year of Sangh’s growth, its various activities, its impact on national life and considering the present national scenarios decides on the direction of Sangh work for the next one year. The ABPS will also plan for the training activities of the Sangh Swayamsevaks and related activities. The ABPS will also deliberate on Sangh’s work in other areas other than Shakha work like seva, samarasata (social harmony), and others where sangh works in co-operation with the common populace of the country.

In the last 3 years of continuous work, Sangh shakhas have increased by 2000-2500 shakhas. The expansion of Sangh work has been planned in 3 phases; First phase till 2015, second till 2018 and third till 2025. Giving the trend, by 2015 we feel that we will grow by 10-12% in all our work areas. There has been an increase in the participation of youth in Sangh activities in all spheres of Sangh work, especially in Seva related activities. Since January 2013 to this January of 2014, Swami Vivekananada 150th year celebrations (SV 150) was organized all over the country. This was held under the aegis of Vivekananda Kendra of Kanyakumari and Sangh and its swayamsevaks gave full co-operation in organizing these events all over the country. Swami Vivekananda’s relevance and message was conveyed through ‘SV 150′ celebrations that happened all over the country and the youth have been very much inspired and this was evident by the response the SV150 celebrations received from the people esp. youth of the country.
In one such activity, about 15000 college students in Nagpur vowed to take up some social activity in their college life and after, like rural development, social upliftment Sangh has also grown in Samarasata (social harmony) related activities during this year.

In another major activity as part of SV150, a conference of Vice Chancellors of universities was held in November last year. More than 105 Vice Chancellor’s and those equivalent to them participated in the conference. Due to the impact of the SV150 celebrations, they planned to introduce Swami Vivekananda’s message in their syllabus, through which they wished to give their students a kind of social internship which will give them a social orientation. The response for this initiative has been great. 

There has been wave of transformation in the country. When a major event of our democracy is about to happen, everyone should be active in this process. Sangh Swayamsevaks are active in this sphere also which will strengthen our democracy. Sangh is also observing Nagaland’s queen Gaidinliu’s centenary this year. She had fought against the British rule at a very young age of 16 and was jailed by the British. After he release she had also worked against conversions of the local populace. A statement in this regard and other topics will be released.”

Following is an extract of Saha Sarkaryavaha’s Q&A session with the media.

Question: What is the role of Sangh in the transformation wave in the country you mentioned? What is Sangh’s view of Modi?

Answer: Sangh view is that youth should get good opportunities. In view of the SV150 centenary, our wish is also that the youth inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda will help in this effort. There have been non-governmental effort towards this and this is our strength. Sangh only wishes that any government should provide good governance and administration. Regarding Modi, we are of the view that he is Sangh’s swayamsevak and is of course a very capable person who has proved himself in Gujarat.

Q: With AAP gaining ground, how does Sangh view AAP?

A: In a democracy, many parties are formed. Some stay and some go. But we need to review their performance, their experience and we saw what AAP did in Delhi in the 49 days they ruled. Hence, be it AAP or any other party, their performance should be evaluated by the people and media is also a witness to it. We hope the people will take judicious decisions on who can govern better based on their wisdom and the party’s performance.

Q: What will be the Agenda of this ABPS?
A: As mentioned at the beginning of the press conference, the agenda of ABPS will be to plan for the further work of Sangh and review the work of the last one year. Issues related to poverty, national security related issues, economic policies, price rise, developmental model, etc will be discussed.

To another related question he answered, “There are many issues like minoritism, Communal Violence Bill, Ram Janma Bhoomi, terrorism and formulation of Equal Opportunity commission which provides deceptive equality, etc. which we feel are detrimental to the nation will be presented before the society but not necessarily discussed as part of every ABPS”

Q: Sangh has earlier said that aged politicians have to retire so that younger ones are given the opportunity. Has the sangh’s view on aged politicians remained the same?
A: Sangh has never called for retirement of anyone. New faces and the new generation should be given opportunities not just in politics but in all walks of life is the view of Sangh.

Q: Is work of Sangh in NE based on its current political compulsions as BJP is currently weak there?
A: Sangh has been working in the North-East since the last 5 decades. Lot of seva activities by Swayamsevaks have been undertaken in the NE. For example, ‘Arogya Mitra’ is a Sangh project that has been ongoing to provide quality healthcare to the people there. We run several hundred schools and these are not undertaken due to political compulsions but for service. There has been a psychological gap between mainland and the North-East, which has to be removed. Sangh is working towards this for long and hence our work there is no political agenda. It is purely for the cultural unification and unity of the nation. Our work is for the development of the NE regions which are long overdue.

Q: Has RSS given its nod to Modi centric campaign by the BJP? Has Sangh moved away from its principles by backing such personality based campaign?
A: The selection of candidates is the party’s prerogative. Sangh only conveys its concerns in the nation to the society based on which the party can choose to prepare its manifesto.

Sangh does not give directions to BJP in selecting candidates. Sangh only expects higher voter turnout which will help in the democratic process, keeping the country’s interest at the highest.

Manmohan Vaidya, Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh, Nandakumar Ji, Akhil Bharatiya Saha Prachar Pramukh, Vadiraj, Pranth Prachar Pramukh and Rajesh Padmar, Co-ordinator of Vishwa Samvada Kendra, Karantaka were present on the occasion. Dr.Giridhar Upadhyaya, Asst. Professor KIMS, Bengaluru welcomed the delegates from the press.

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