In Uttar Pradesh, a welfare organisation named Rashtriya Shia Samaj (RSS) is working for the betterment of Shia community in the state. The acronym RSS, which is generally known as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, took a different form here in the state.
The main aim of the organisation is to foster amity between Hindus and Muslims and spread brotherhood.
A hoarding of the organisation reads, “Prem ki peeda Bharat ke ab kone kone mein ho, chot lagey Ram ke, to dard Raheem ke seene mein ho”.
To catch the attention of passersby, the hoarding has been put barely 100 metres away from the state BJP office. The organisation was set up almost a year back and they started different programmes from this year focusing on public orientation.
The President of Shia welfare body, Bukkal Nawab, told PTI, “On one of the Tuesdays of Jyestha month (June 13) of the traditional Hindu calendar, we organised a large-scale bhandara (community feast) at Hazratganj”.
“The basic idea was to ensure betterment and welfare of people belonging to the Shia community. When we were zeroing in on the name of the organisation, Rashtriya Shia Samaj was agreed upon and the abbreviation became RSS,” he added.
The organisation did not draw any inspiration from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, further mentioning that no one from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh objected to the abbreviation.