14 Myths about RSS : writes Kiran Kumar S.

published on February 7, 2014
Today, I saw twitter trending #NationalistRSS in India. Social media has been a powerful medium in exposing the sinister campaign against RSS.

While reviewing some of the tweets by anti RSS propagandists, I felt it is necessary to expose some of the popular myths about RSS. A lot of people are blindly ranting against Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh, without getting proper information. You can’t change everyone, but at least you can put some facts on the table. So here we go.. Note that these are not the official statements of RSS, but that of general social media population in India today. Full credit to the original thinkers and the original photographers, for the information presented here onwards.

Myth 1: RSS Killed Gandhi.
Fact 1: Nathuram Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. Godse had left RSS in 1930s itself. This has been reiterated countless number of times by RSS, and the recent one is from December 2010, when Ram Madhav of RSS claimed court records clearly showing RSS had nothing to do with Gandhi’s murder. Justice Kapur Commission Report clearly says:“RSS as such were not responsible for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, meaning thereby that one could not name the organisation as such as being responsible for that most diabolical crime, the murder of the apostle of peace. It has not been proved that they (the accused) were members of the RSS”
Also, Nathuram, the convict was hanged within months, bringing justice to the whole incident. Blaming RSS for Gandhi’s murder just because Godse was a former member of RSS, is like blaming Congress for Muslim League’s mass murder and atrocities during Partition, because Jinnah was a member of Congress earlier. Jinnah was a member of Congress party between 1906 and 1920. So someone who was a member of Congress for long 14 years, was instrumental in inciting Direct Action Day and other mass atrocities against Hindus, resulting in 1000s of deaths. Will today’s Sonia Gandhi’s Congress claim responsibility for all the wrong doings of Jinnah, including breaking up an age old civilization resulting in millions of deaths?

Myth 2: Sardar Patel disliked RSS.
Fact 2: Sardar Patel had to take action in 1948 due to political pressure from “secular” Nehru and group. But when the ban on RSS was lifted, read Sardar’s letters to Guruji, the RSS chief. Patel was the happiest man then! All the bans till date on RSS, including the ones after Sardar’s death, are purely the hate that Congress party nurturers for RSS. Everyone knows that RSS does not negotiate with vote bank politics, corruption or country’s soverignty. If the same yard stick was used against Congress, SP or other parties, they all should have been banned for the violence of their cadres, or the deadly riots their governments failed to stop (and in some cases helped rioters like in 1984) over the years.  Here is a partial list of nearly 150 incidents of Congress violence. If for each riot or disturbance Congress party was banned, that number would have easily gone beyond Sachin Tendulkar’s international century count!

Myth 3: RSS is anti national.
Fact 3: RSS is the most nationalistic organization in India. In fact, even the most bitter enemy of RSS, Jawaharlal Nehru, invited RSS to come participate in the 1963 Republic day parade. 3500 Swayamsevaks marched on that day, in their typical Gana Vesha. During his final years, Nehru realized the patriotic pulse of RSS, that too only when his Congress party’s foreign policy went seriously wrong resulting in a humiliating defeat at the hands of China. It was RSS that helped Indian soldiers and civilians greatly in 1962, for which even Nehru was forced to invite them to be a part of 1963 Republic Day parade. I am sure the icon of secularism, Nehru would not invite an anti national organization to march with Indian army during republic day. In fact, the so-called secular folks like members of Indian communist parties, were busy raising donations for India’s enemy China during 1962 war! During the 1965 Indo-Pak war PM Shastri requested nationalist RSS to help control traffic in Delhi so policemen could be freed for defence duties. When Pakistanis were trying to take over Jammu and Kashmir, it was swayamsevaks who cleared the snow, so that Indian air force could land their aircrafts.

Myth 4: RSS is fundamentalist.
Fact 4: RSS is pro India, pro Hindutva. RSS’ ideology says that there are only two kinds of Hindus in India. Those who are Hindu today and those who were Hindus yesterday. That makes every single human in India (and rest of Indian subcontinent), Hindus by culture, ancestry and tradition. That is the Hindut-va (Hindu essence). Tva in Sanskrit means characteristic, essence or hood – like Bhratrutva (brotherhood), Maatrutva (motherhood), Shatrutva (Enmity) and so on. RSS never preaches any religious doctrine using any sacred book with the eventual goal of converting everyone to that doctrine 100%. RSS does not believe in converting anyone to its “religion”. So calling such organization fundamentalist is silly. If at all RSS has any fundamentals, it is that of calling India as Bharat, and treating her as the mother of every single human in Indian subcontinent. In fact, RSS supports uniform civil code in India, meaning one type of marriage/divorce/inheritance laws for ALL citizen, which is opposed by so called progressive parties like Communists and Congress!

Myth 5: RSS is fascist and a terrorist organization.

Fact 5: When you show the long list of social service organizations that are a part of Sangh Parivar (family), the favourite line of Jihad supporters is that Jamat ud Da’wah also does social service. But they don’t understand the basics that RSS does not preach violence in any of its shakha. It only teaches people to be proud of India’s glorious 5000+ years culture and tradition. It teaches swayamsevaks (volunteers for the nation), self defence. Every human on this planet has the right to defend himself or herself. RSS never advocated for killing or converting “non-believers”, like Jihadi terrorists or radical evangelicals do. If any person who claims to be associated with RSS is convicted of any crime, RSS won’t play communal or victim card. RSS believes in law taking its own course and punishment for anyone who violates law, unlike Congress party that still supports a convict Lalu Yadav or those charged with mass murder like Sajjan Kumar, or those caught giving genocidal “15 minutes” hate speeches like Akbaruddin Owaisi. While Nehru was unable to stop the blood shed during partition, it was the RSS that organised over 3000 relief camps for the Hindu Refugees from Pakistan after the Partition. In short, every effort to frame RSS to a fictional “Hindutva terror” or “Saffron terror” has failed till date. Here is one such example.

Myth 6: RSS is only for Hindu males.
Fact 6: This is the favourite line of ignoramus feminists. There are two kinds of RSS setups. Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh for males, and Rastra Sevika Samiti for females. Both are thriving in India for decades. Both take out marches, celebrate India’s heritage festivals and glorify India’s national Hindutva icons.

Myth 7: RSS is anti Muslim and RSS is anti Christian.
Fact 7: RSS treats Muslims, Christians and everyone else in India, irrespective of caste and creed as cultural Hindus. Hindutva is an all encompassing ideology of RSS. This is the reason why RSS never has RSS Muslim shakha (daily assembly) or RSS Christian shakha. Anyone can become a member of RSS as long as they are ready to respect Bharat Mata (Mother India). RSS is against only those whose work against India’s soverignty and heritage. In the famous Ranganathacharya Agnihotri case,  “Primafacie the RSS is a non-political cultural organization without any hatred or ill will towards non-Hindus”, declared Karnataka High Court (then Mysore HC).

Myth 8: RSS is for Brahmins, Kshatriyas and other upper caste Hindus only.

Fact 8: Totally wrong. RSS has no caste system at all. It treats every single member, be it male or female, as equal. In fact, even Mahatma Gandhi had applauded RSS’ casteless setup 7 decades ago. All RSS requires from a volunteer, is respecting Bharat Mata (Mother India) as “vatsale, Maatru bhoome“.

Myth 9: RSS was anti Sikh in 1984 riots.
Fact 9: Even the most staunch Sikh supporters of 1984 time, won’t claim such things. Read Kushwant Singh’s writeup. In fact, RSS was instrumental in helping Sikhs in large numbers when Congress party’s murderers went on rampage to kill, and their leader Rajiv Gandhi failed to stop the mass killing.

Myth 10: Organizations like the Sri Rama Sene of the infamous pub incident, Abhinav Bharat and other organizations are part of RSS.

Fact 10: No. RSS clearly has defined who is a part of Sangh Parivar and who is not. You can’t club everyone who claims to be a Hindu organization, and malign RSS because of those organizations’ actions. In fact some of those ignorantly clubbed as “Sangh Parivar” with RSS, were trying to kill RSS leaders! Every attempt to malign RSS, like how Congress leaders did in case of Ajmer blast, has backfired.

Myth 11: BJP is the political outfit of RSS.

Fact 11: Wrong. RSS has always been a non political organization. It’s prime aim is service to the society, character buidling of youth and nation building. BJP evolved from Jan Sangh. Many BJP leaders, like Vajpayee, Advani and Modi might be from RSS background, but that does not maike RSS a political outfit. In fact, many Congress, AAP and other party leaders are also of RSS background. It is like scores of Indian leaders today  could be from NCC, but that does not make NCC a political organization. RSS volunteers support many political parties, depending upon who is doing the best service to the society, without bias, at that time. The only non-political force that vehemently opposed Emergency was RSS. It was so feared, that Indira Gandhi, who had murdered democracy in 1970s, banned the RSS during her draconian Emergency. J P aandolan, Janlokpal aandolan and a whole lot of popular movements had RSS support. In short, there are RSS admirers and RSS opponents in every party of India. To give an example, even the most staunch anti RSS politician in India today, Digvijaya Singh, was sharing dais with RSS leaders when it suited his Congress party.

Myth 12: RSS has a membership process.

Fact 12: Wrong. RSS has no business card or party member ID. Anyone can walk in, and anyone can walk out. The concept is that of Swayam sevak. No RSS volunteer carries a Sangh membership card. In short, anyone who wants to serve the society and Bharat Mata, can become a part of RSS, temporarily or permanently. RSS adheres to the age old saffron colour flag (Bhagwa) that was an inspiration to serve the mother land for billions of Indians over millenia.

Myth 13: RSS only concerns with Hindus.

Fact 13: RSS deals with all sections of Indian society. RSS is the first one in majority of natural disasters like 2004 TN Tsunami, 2001 Gujarat Earthquake, 2009 Karnataka-AP massive floods, 2013 Uttarakhand floods, or any rail/bus/building disasters. RSS volunteers are found from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, rushing to help every single natural disaster. They are also in forefront to help people in case of man-made disasters like 2012 Asom riots caused by illegal foreign settlers from Bangladesh. It was RSS volunteers who donated blood during 1971 war. RSS runs over 1,70,000 projects across India via organizations like Sewa Bharati, catering to every language, state, religion, caste, colour and creed. Go to their website to learn. RSS runs 27,041 schools (Ekal Vidyalaya) in remote tribal areas : 7,53,123 socially deprived tribal students are enrolled. RSS is in fact the world’s largest voluntary service organization with over 60,00,000 active members, plus millions of supporters. RSS was one of the first to land at Uttarakhand to help the needy. They even proudly helped the organization that helps every Indian.. the national army! Watch this video.

Myth 14: RSS does not raise Indian flag.
Fact 14: RSS Sarsangh chalak (highest position within RSS), Mohan Bhagawat himself stands and respects an Indian flag during important national festivals.

There are scores of other myths being propagated systematically against RSS. For now, this list is enough. Just remember:

R : Ready for
S : Selfless
S : Service

RSS will become stronger with availability of social media, as the malicious propaganda against the Sangh Parivar, will eventually have to die down.

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  1. Ravi Reply

    February 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    The time was Meenakshipuram mass conversion (early eighties). As usual it was convenient for media to criticize RSS, not the muslim organization which has converted the entire village with promises. In one paper The (anti) Hindu, one reader wrote that RSS ‘infiltrated’ even army. In reply, one army officer (rtd)wrote that, they need not infiltrate people with such character are sought by the army and they are not available in sufficient numbers. He was mentioning the patriotism and readiness to die for country taught by RSS. He further wrote that till then about 1000 jawans had voluntarily opted for wartime suicidal missions and died. Out of that more than 800 jawans were of RSS background! Such is the patriotism RSS teaches in their sakhas. In another incident, the midair collision of Saudi passenger aircraft and another cargo airliner above Chakri Dadri, there was only RSS for resque. This was written in Times of India by a correspondent of one Arab news paper in 1996.

  2. SeaLion Reply

    February 8, 2014 at 5:29 am

    And try to explain tp our enemies, who have no brains but have the darkest evilest hearts agents of enemies of hindus and India whether the ITALIAN-CIA-ISI-ITALIAN MAFIA PIMPS of congress led by a foreigner or Chinese bed warmers the commies, instead we should go on offensive.CHRISTIAN BARBARITY AND TREACHERY WHETHER IN Vietnam, Japan, China, and genocide of Blacks, Red Indians, Egyptians, genteels, Prussians, their blood soaked satanic history can be used against their cunnning and evil propogandists, from Genocide in Europe of Genteels, Celts, pagans, Druids,,,to NAZIS, Jew genocide, Vietnam genocide iraq theirs satanist bloodthirst is well known. Added to that their treachery of conniving with Brits and now Italians. The muslims jihadist savagery is all too well known. THE COMMIES WELL BENGAL WAY OF KILLING POLITICAL OPPONENTS TO 1947, 1962, 1977, 2004 TREACHERIES NEED TO BE USED TO WIPE THEM OFF FROM FACE OF INDIA

  3. Manoj Reply

    February 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Truths about RSS
    I am thankful to the author for the above article,and I agree 100% that all the above myths have been deliberatly spread by the enemies of RSS. To make a complete picture I want to list out some truths about the RSS.
    Truth 1:-RSS lacks clear goals:
    Hinduism as a religion is under serious attack by a combination of Leftists & communists, Antinational Traitors, Pseudo secularists, Jihadi Muslims, and Christians. Without a proper organisational structure Hinduism lacks the resources to fight back. RSS has not made any effort to give such a leadership to Hindus. Instead they have almost become like an exclusive club like the Rotary Club. Because they have no clear goals, after the BJP came to power in the centre, the RSS squandered away a golden oppurtunity to reform and reorganise Hinduism.Even now the BJP is ruling in several states, But the RSS does nothing to strenghten Hinduism. The reason: NO CLEAR GOALS or Vision.
    Truth 2: Reluctant to take Leadership.
    RSS has not made any effort to convince the majority Hindus that the RSS will lead them.Even in BJP ruled states the RSS does nothing to spread Hindutve at a grass root level.
    Truth 3: RSS is incapable to Manage Media.
    RSS has been one of the worst victims of the media disinformation. But even now RSS has no clue how to counter this. Instead they almost apologise for their existence like the article above. They are unable to create an English & Hindi Newspaper or TV channel though they have no shortage of funds.
    Truth 4 They Crave for their Enemies Flattery:
    What the RSS leaders love most is a few words of praise from their enemies. To get this praise they will try to appease the Christian Bishops or Secularists.
    Truth 5
    RSS is a great army with poor Generals. Incapable to lead, with no clear goals or vision,the RSS is sleep walking while Hindus are butcher in Bangladesh, the Pandits are made refugees or the sankarachrya is arested and humilated and Hinduism slowly disintegrates.

  4. Anil Balakrishnan Reply

    February 13, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Comments by Mr Manoj
    Dear Sri Manoj ji , I agree with your comments to some extent .I also feel that we should be more agressive and assertive .We could do nothing to protect our brotehrs being butchered by muslim barabarians in Banglasdesh and Pakisthan.I also agree with another of your comment – We do crave for falttery of enemies of nation .

    Having said that , I also want to point out that there are millions if swayamsevaks who lead a simple life dedicated to the cause of our brothers and sisters . RSS and it’s sister organisations have grwon in leaps and bounds despite the biased Print and visual media which is controlled by anti-national communists.

    Nobody other than RSS has taken efforts to unite Hindus -But what is the response from the Hindu soceity ? I am a swayamsevak and know the difficulties in mobilising the people .I regret to state that most of the Hindus still live in a mode of self denial . Very fee have guts to stand up and fight for a just cause . What RSS can do in such a scenario except trying to expand it’s activities and spread awareness among the sleeping Hindus about the danger they face.

    We have enough Updadesh Pramukhs ( who just give advice -but do nothing on their own ) .What we need is more and more dedicated karyakarthas . Instead of blaming RSS , I request all to work for the cause of our dharma -if one is not happy with RSS , they can work with any other organisation or one can even start a new orgnisation .

  5. Manoj Reply

    February 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Response to Sri Anil Balakrishnan
    Dear Sri Anil Ji,
    Reading your response I have no doubt that you are indeed a swayamsevak. I have seen identical response from most of the RSS members. Mainly because RSS feels everything is great with their organisation and therefore they feel very upset when faced with criticism. You typically blame the majority Hindus for not listening to RSS. You do admit that the Hindus are living in Self denial. That is very true. But did RSS do enough to awaken a society living in Self denial. For example what prevents you from freeing temples in all BJP ruled states and make them seats of Hindu awakening. What prevents you from opening vedic padashalas all over India to train priests. What prevents you from running news papers and TV channels to reach out to millions of Hindus. What did you do to save Hindu sisters from Love Jihad. What prevented you to mobilise protests all over India to free the Sankarachrya from humilation? Do you think the Muslims and Christian organisations would have kept quiet like you did if their respective top religious head was jailed and humilated. Few years back Hindu sanyasins were harassed by the kerala government and did you do anything to protect them.? Do you have a vision and a plan for the next 5 to 10 years regarding what to achieve. I can bet that answer for all the above is a big No. So you do nothing for Hindus but you sit on the sidelines and sulk. Which is why I said that you are a great army with poor quality leadership. Hindus have lived in mental slavery for 1000 years. Simple folks like Hindus have to be educated in their scriptures to spread awareness. What service did you do for the Hindus so that they will wake up from their slumber and start listening to you.? Please think. You say that RSS is growing fast. What is your total strenght out of Total Hindu population. Instead of telling me to get lost, why don’t you admit your shortcomings and try to influence your leadership to take some intelligent actions.

  6. Anil Balakrishnan Reply

    February 25, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Reply to Manoj ji
    Dear Manoj Ji , I do not get upset if anybody crticise RSS or sangh Parivar . I am with RSS because it stands for an ideology which I feel right .
    Your posting shows the typical attitude displayed by majority of Hindus .They want somebody else to do everything for them and do not want to take any trouble . Instead of blaming RSS , why don’t you work for the cause of Hinduism and what was your contribution as Hindu to the issues you have listed in your post ?
    As an Individual , once I am convinced about anything and accepts that ideal I work for that without worrying about the results of my action . Dear Manoj , you start an organisation to resolve the issues you have listed out , I will work with you.

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