RSS and the Propaganda Against It
RSS is a service organization, promoting education, charity and Hindu
cultural development. Its daily Shakha meetings have a certain discipline, with a saluting
of the flag and a promotion of nationalism, but no real militance. Its brand of Indian
nationalism, recognizing cultural and religious pluralism, is more tolerant than most
American nationalism. The organization is free of caste and members are not judged by
their material status. While members honor their RSS leaders there is no personality cult
of a charismatic leader dominant but rather a general sense of organizational strength, an
almost anonymity about ones personal efforts and achievements.
Over time I visited met various RSS related or founded organizations
from intellectual groups to schools and hospitals to yoga institutions. All had dedicated
workers and a very broad and diverse range of activities. All showed quite a diversity of
opinions among their members. There was nothing like a party line in any of them. Each
group though part of the RSS family had a certain independence and was free to pursue its
own goals without interference from the rest of the organization.