The latest issue of Organiser carries a detailed interview with newly-elected RSS general secretary Bhayyaji Joshi. Joshi,while talking to the RSS journals R Balashankar and Pramod Kumar says: The claims that the number of Sangh shakhas is declining and the presence of youth is decreasing are baseless. The number of youth joining the Sangh Shiksha Vargas every year is increasing. Many youth also come out as sangh pracharaks every year. It is for the media to take a holistic view. Today,the swayamsevaks run more than 1,50,000 service projects across the country. Still the media hesitate to highlight them. This is a fact that our work is not dependant on publicity. We have to work for the country and for our own needy brethren and we are doing this honestly… The Sangh is engaged in a variety of integrated rural developmental activities for the last 15 years and those activities have now started producing good results. The Sangh is working for developing at least one model village in every district of the country. Today,there are about 100 villages in the country where the villagers have done remarkable work of development and very good initiatives have been taken in more than 500 villages.
He adds in the same interview: The government has to deal with terrorism with an iron hand. For this,effective laws are needed. Though,there are already certain laws,they should effectively and honestly be implemented. We expect there should be no politics while dealing with terrorism as the matter is directly connected with the security of the country. At the same time the people of the country should also be vigilant. There are terrorist attacks one after another in the country but people forget them after some time. We want the people to be alert and help the government agencies in combating this menace.
He concludes: Politics should not be power-centric. National interest should override all other considerations. The politics of appeasement is very dangerous. There are many manifestations of appeasement and the political parties think only of political gains. Since terrorism is an invasion on the nation,it should not be viewed on the scale of vote politics. There should be no question of taking political mileage out of it. All political parties should take a united stand against terrorism. They should rise above all political considerations. Instead of keeping an eye on vote bank,all political parties,whether small or big,should give preference only to the national interest.
NDA or chaos
The editorial in the latest issue of the RSS journal,titled The Choice Is Clear: It Is NDA Or Chaos writes: From the very outset,the UPA was a plate of unpalatable personal agenda of its numerous fragments. The partners might be thinking that all the blame for the UPA misrule and corruption will go to Congress and after the poll again,with more partners and a new name plate they will come together in the facade of secularism and keep the country yet again a hostage to Islamic and evangelical fundamentalism and Communist obscurantism.
It adds: They are the dark forces pledged to make the progress of the country difficult. They work overtime to divide the country on caste,religious and regional lines as they have no other political goal or development agenda. It is astonishingly strange that after five years in power in the name of UPA,at the time of election they are not accountable to the people. It is for the people of India to ensure that they will not give another chance to these brazenly unprincipled toadies and elect a stable government for harmony and progress.
Compiled by Suman K Jha
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