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Digging deeper into RSS guide on ethics and value

By Naveelah Ishteyaque
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Avoid non-veg and stick to saree: An RSS guide on ethics and value
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RSS which apparently happens to be the ideological parent of the ruling BJP has recently formed a family counseling program as their part of spreading nationalism and good code of conduct in the country. From advising on what to eat and what to wear, this family counseling program launched by RSS has guidelines on how one should live their life.

The pan-India campaign involves visiting people’s homes to “instill values and ethics” apart from advocating vegetarianism, extending nationalism and promoting traditional via Indian attire. Named Kutumb Prabodhan (family counseling), the campaign will continue till the 2019 general elections.

The campaign is unique in many ways if one considers the agenda on which it has been launched. These truly nationalist thinkers of RSS are on their way of educating families and its members about the values and ethics. What to wear, how to celebrate the birthday, what to talk and what not is some of their plans to inflict the true cultural values among the citizens.

RSS insiders said “senior swayamsevaks, along with one or two swayamsevaks and a Rashtra Sevika Sangh (RSS’ women’s wing) worker, visit families and ‘educate’ them on the benefits of vegetarianism and how to avoid being influenced by foreign culture, especially as shown by various television channels and social media portals.”

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One such group led by RSS leader Ashok Bhat visited the family of Suresh Deshpande in Nagpur’s Sadar locality last week. The team advised them to wear sarees and kurta-pyjamas during festivals and told them celebrating birthdays by blowing candles and cutting cakes was not a part of the Indian culture.

The interesting thing which catches attention is who told them that doing these are part of Indian culture and makes one a true Indian citizen. It seems perhaps that constitution itself have appointed them on some secret mission of spreading Indian culture and tradition.

These swayamsevaks make people aware of traditional Hindu practices such as chanting mantras before meals and guide them on eating meals together at least once a week and not watching television at the time, instead bond with each other.

The moral talks go on as they also give their expert advice on not discussing politics and cricket in the family. Not only this, the RSS team also inquires about family food habit and preference of attire and later instructs them on several does and dont’s.

The seniors RSS activist spoke in his interview that such an initiative was the need of the hour when people were becoming more materialistic and self-centered.

This cause- driven campaign is going to benefit people or not will a thing to watch for but certainly, such ventures would give the swayamsevaks a direct access to families and reap dividends for the BJP in the ensuing elections.

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