For ten hours he’s at the gates. Attentive, unusual for an eight-year-old. The nearly 100-acre complex of The Emerald Height International School is the venue for Vishwa Sangh Shibir, a five-yearly gathering of RSS members settled abroad. They are members of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) that has units in 40 countries.
Not for once has the child thought of leaving the gates. “Suraksha karna mila ha,” he says. The young foot-soldier epitomises the disciplined RSS functioning.
Some policemen are outside, but RSS has its security team, each member with a badge of Suraksha Vibhag. The child has come with his father who is in the Vibhag. He also goes to a Shakha. Suraksha people will not go inside or participate in sessions addressed by top RSS brass. Outsiders are not allowed. Even senior state BJP members could not enter on Thursday due to lack of badges.
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The child doesn’t look bored. He can hear words spoken inside, but can’t pronounce them. Prabuddha Charcha (intellectual discussion) referred to Friday’s twelve sessions. “Pra—bu—dhaaa”, he tries, but gives up.
Two sessions were on “Paryavaran Par Hindu Chintan (Hindu thought on environment)”, addressed by Shanta Kumari, chief of RSS women wing Rashtra Sevika Samiti. “The Hindu thought is intrinsically linked with integral humanism where environmental concerns are addressed before consuming natural resources,” she said. Two sessions were on problems faced by NRI Hindus, forced conversion and racism, and possible solutions.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who reached here Thursday, and BJP chief Amit Shah participated in discussions on “expansion of Hindu community”. Bhagwat will deliver his address Saturday.
The child counts vehicles passing through the gates. A Class II student at an Indore government school, he has winter vacation, but would have happily skipped classes for such an event. “Shakha men sikhate hain,” he says. He has not once asked to go home, his proud father says.
Ravi Kumar, joint coordinator or number two of HSS, says, “We have come here at our own expense. We are proud that an RSS pracharak has become the PM,” says Australia-based Kumar.
Around 8 pm, Shah leaves amid tight security. The vehicles leave so fast that the child loses count. He’s completed his 12-hour duty and his father asks him to go home. He is reluctant, but he will be back Saturday.