Come January, Ahmedabad will witness a show of strength by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Similar to an event that the RSS had organised 14 years ago, the highlight this time will be a Bal Sansad, where children aged 12 and 13, will be brought into the fold.
The enrolments for the January 2, 3 and 4 Shaktipradarshan event will begin on August 10. Children will be able to register themselves by paying Rs 100 or more as fees, as per the financial status of their families.
“With Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister and the NDA again in the Centre, this camp will once again show the might of the RSS,” said a senior Sangh member. “There are thousands of school children and college students who have been given the responsibility of organising shakhas in their localities. There will be hundreds of children and youth attending the shivir.”
Another RSS member said that those working in a basti (a unit of 10,000 population), taluka and district levels, will be eligible to attend the shivir. The Karyakarta Shivir will see the RSS taking a technology leap by registering new members through a recently launched website.
The venue, same as 2000 — Dastaan Farms on the Naroda-Kathwada road, on the outskirts of the city — also has a museum of vintage cars and a huge grounds where the ‘shivir’ will be organised. More than 20,000 RSS workers are expected to attend the camp.
Sangh’s Gujarat chief Jayantibhai Badeshiya said that in 2000, more than 25,000 people had attended the camp. “We will talk about the areas we need to look at.”
Sangh pracharaks and swayamsevaks have formed several groups to mobilise people for the camp. Apart from the website, an office has also been opened at Madhav Sadan, opposite the RSS head office in Maninagar to co-ordinate the event. “This, in a way, is our show of strength,” said Haresh Thakkar, trustee of Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Ahmedabad, affiliated to the RSS.