Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK hosted an interactive event on 21st Sept 2014 at the Swaminarayan Temple, Stanmore. Joint General Secretary, Shri Dattatreya Hosabale, of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) highlighted the circumstances in which the RSS started in 1925 and what its core principles, vision for the new dawn looked like for India today.
Attended by all major Hindu organisations of UK, the 150 strong audience, asked questions ranging from Kashmir, BJP, North East province to Hindu values.
The RSS’s has over 40,000 local branches (shakhas) across India, with an average attendance of 10, which equates to 400,000 daily attendance as its core activity. RSS has also inspired, created organisation and initiated various service projects in all fields, has a reach to over a 100m people.
Shri Dattatreyaji, pictured, explained the tour major factors which have contributed to the success and strength of RSS:
- Ideology of Hindutva which encompasses universal humanitarian values
- Leadership from the start of the organisation has been strong with visionaries
- Technique of daily gathering and concern for the nation and society
- Volunteers sacrifice, strength and dedication of the RSS works has enable such a unique Prime Minister of India to take centre stage of the world.
He quotes – ‘The national culture of India is the Hindu culture which embraces all’, ‘we should not be ashamed to call ourselves Hindus’, ‘Nowhere in history have Hindu colonised, created a slave, destroyed other countries or converted people.’
RSS is not an organisation within the Hindu Society but to organise the Hindu Society. It is there to spread the message of Universal oneness, Udar Chirata Namtu, Vasudaiva Kutumbakam – The whole world is one family.
Leaders from over 40 organisations, such as ISKCON, VHP, OFBJP, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, HFB, HFE, MPHA, Hindu Council, FISI, Jainology, NHSF UK, Oshwal Association UK, HLA, Navnat Vanik Association, NCGO, Brent Indian Associations and many others, attended.