RSS clarifies: No plan to admit women into shakhas

RSS also hit back at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's comment that women are never seen in Sangh shakhas.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2017 2:02 pm
RSS, Organiser, Congress, Muslim League Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) (Representational image). Express archive.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday rubbished media reports that the organisation will consider admitting women into its shakhas (congregation).

Terming them as “deliberately concocted baseless reports”, the ideological parent organisation of the BJP clarified that one of its top leader, Manmohan Vaidya, only said that the outfit works exclusively with men in shakhas, and through them it connects with their families.

“Shakha work among women is being conducted by Rashtra Sevika Samiti. In all programs & campaign in society women also are participating. Women create an atmosphere of cooperation in families to support RSS,” the RSS tweeted.

Vaidya, RSS’s all-india prachar pramukh, hit back at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s comment that women are never seen in Sangh shakhas.

“If he (Rahul) wants to see women, he should go to a women’s hockey match. Men and women don’t compete together in sports,’’ Vaidya said.

Vaidya was speaking with reporters on the eve of the organisation’s three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal that will begin at Sharda Vihar Awasiya Vidyayala on the outskirts of Bhopal on Thursday.

On Tuesday, during an interaction with students in Vadodara, Rahul said: “Have you seen a single woman at an RSS shakha wearing shorts? I have never seen any. Why aren’t women allowed in RSS? They (BJP) have so many women in the party, but I have not seen a single woman in the RSS. What mistake have they made?”

His comment caused a war of words between the Congress and BJP, with BJP’s Smriti Irani and Anandiben Patel slamming him for the comment.

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    Mohit Dutta
    Oct 12, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    Chaddis believe that women are not capable of running an organisation??
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      Mohit Dutta
      Oct 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm
      Why not empower women? Why can a woman not become a RSS president?? Bhagwat has to answer this??Why no equal rights for women in RSS? Why this double standard?
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      1. John Abram
        Oct 12, 2017 at 4:21 pm
        I think this Vaidya guy did not watch mixed-doubles tennis in his life. There are mixed sports where men and women play with and against each other. And, RSS, for that matter, does not seem to be playing sports in so called Shakas, is it? So, why there are no women?
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        1. John Abram
          Oct 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm
          Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke. Oh cho chweet.
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            s s nair
            Oct 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm
            Is it the other way round that women do not want to join hell.
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