The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has claimed that as many as 7,000 Muslim students are studying in 1,200 RSS schools in Uttar Pradesh and in last 2 years, an increase of 30% has been noticed during the BJP-led government at the Centre. The RSS said the kids have been following all rules like reciting ‘slokas’ and also doing well in studies.
The RSS, which is known for its Hindutva ideology, asserted that these students have been following all rules like reciting ‘slokas’ and ‘bhojan mantras’ as well as performing very well in studies and sports. Most of these students are enrolled in rural regions of the state.
Administrations of RSS’s Saraswati Shishu Mandir and Saraswati Vidya Mandir claim that Muslim boys and girls had brought glory to their schools in the fields of sports, cultural activities, and academics. State inspector of Vidhya Bharti Chintamani Singh said, “Our students such as Mohammad Aqib, Aftab Alam, Ejaj Ahmad, Gufranuddin and Mohammad Akaram have won medals at national sporting events and youth commonwealth games.”
Some sources from the RSS said these numbers shatter the main stream propaganda about the organisation which is widely regarded as BJP’s ideological parent.
Singh said the students attend classes like any other student and mingle with their peers. There are at least 4,672 boys and 2,218 girls from the community pursuing education up to class XII at these schools. Also, Vidya Bharti has recently hired eight Muslim teachers.
An RSS source said, “The quality of education is the prime reason why Muslim parents send their wards to our schools”. A Muslim boy studying at an RSS-managed school topped his high school examination in Assam earlier this month.
“RSS is not anti-Muslim or against any religion, it is pro-India with no communal agenda” source added.