In the midst of continued political crisis in Karnataka, Rashtreeya Swayamsevaka Sangh (RSS) reflects on the moral standards in politics while reiterating its policy. Mukunda, incharge of Karnataka RSS (Prantha Pracharak, Karnataka Dakshina) projects RSS as a pro Hindu organization maintaining equidistance from all political parties. He reiterates RSS commitment to value based politics in simple and unequivocal terms which is expected to create ripples in Karnataka polics in the short term and helps in finetuning the RSS strategy to deal with the BJP in the long term at the national level.
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The recent political developments in Karnataka are disappointing to all those having a social concern. Those anticipating a good future for the country have been disappointed by the leaders of all political parties who have been acting as if corruption, immorality and horse trading are the inevitable features of politicking. Being a Swayamsevak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, I feel that there is an urgent need for responding to this situation. There are two reasons: firstly, among the rulers of this state, there are some who have contacts with the Sangh. The common men measure their activities from the point of view of the Sangh too. Secondly, there is no mechanism in RSS to publicize its internal discussions. I’m writing this article thinking that it would be better to share such views (for the second reason) since I have close contacts with the senior activists for the past many years.
The Sangh does not agree all the activities or resolutions of the BJP party and the government in the state either ‘in principle’ or ‘in practice’. The Sangh opposes corruption, horse trading and unethical decisions. Just like the Sangh activists welcome the prohibition of cow slaughtering, they oppose the SEZ. Just like the seniors of the Sangh appreciate those MLAs who do not earn a single paise for their own despite their various terms, they express their anger towards those who are corrupt. They even convey their disappointment to such persons in strong words.
What is the use in just expressing anger? Some actions should be taken- this is the stand of many people. Change within oneself is the way the Sangh adopts to bring changes in its Swayamsevaks. May it be the efforts to root out the caste system or corruption, change within oneself is the ultimate solution. Many Sangh leaders work from this point view for the past many years. This effort continues despite the fact that there is BJP government in the state or not.
Lakhs of Swayamsevaks have passed in first class after they learn about good conduct, ethics and social concern in the university of Sangh, but at the same time, there are people who have ‘failed’ utterly in the social life. In such cases, self-effort by these people is more important than the support of the co-Swayamsevaks. We should not forget that those whom the common men perceive as ‘clean’ in the present state cabinet are all the Swayamsevaks of Sangh.
Many people talk about the frequent visits of the BJP heads of the state to ‘Keshavakripa’, the RSS office in Bangalore. Hence, they ask why you can’t question such fellows. Yes, the Sangh expresses its opinion with those people in accordance with its ‘stands’ mentioned above. Many a time this message is conveyed in strong words too. It is not proper to deny entry to anybody to Keshavakripa. The doors of Sangh office are wide open to people from all classes and sectors of the society any time. It is a regular feature that not just the BJP leaders, but also the leaders of other political parties, those who do not agree with the principles of Sangh, intellectuals, litterateurs and social activists- hundreds of people visit the office every day. Being a social organization, the Sangh cannot close its doors to anybody. Still, the Sangh has informed people concerned recently that it is not appropriate to visit the Sangh office only to discuss the ‘political strife’ with a note that it would lead to the opinion that Sangh has its nod to all the activities of the BJP. (There is another issue here: Some people visit the Sangh office or not, it does not make any difference in the moral responsibility of the Swayamsevaks. It is not their meeting with the Sangh leaders inevitable at least to caution them on their acts?)