RSS Ghosh
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) added 19 new photos to the album: "RSS Hindu Shakti Sangama in Hubli-Karnataka".
January 30, 2012

Three day Hindu Shakti Sangama comcludes in a spectacular valedictory, From 1894 villages of 13 districts of North Karnataka 21,554 swayamsevaks participated in this 3 day residential camp of exercise.

“We belong to a Hindu nation, known as Hindu Rashtra. Hindutva is the only ideology which unites this nation, which has all solutions for national challenges” said RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwatji

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) added 17 new photos to the album: RSS — with Dev Choudhary and 2 others.
June 5, 2011

RSS Ghosh

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Glimpses from the Kerala RSS Prantha Sanghik

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Uniformed swayamsevaks at the pranta sanghik (State assembly) of the RSS at Kollam,Kerala

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Shri Mohanrao Bhagwatji

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Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh

Hedgewar intensified his contacts and established personal rapport with a large number of people. In 1925, he founded the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami.

From little acorn grows the mighty oaktree. Little droplets make the vast ocean. One heart joining with the other hearts, the stren...gth of Sangh soon grew. People began to attend the Sangh Shakhas irrespective of their being rich or poor, no matter to what caste they belonged. Hedgewar maintained personal contacts with them all. He busied himself in the thought and work for the Sangh day and night. In fact, poverty in his house was unredeemed. How to run the house with the meagre and uncertain earnings from his elder brother's priestly profession? Doctor Hedgewar had a number of very close and well-meaning friends.

They all were concerned about him and his household. He never sent anyone back without some kind of hospitality. This did involve expense; and resources were scarce.

Some friends of Doctor Hedgewar decided to collect some amount every month to help in the upkeep of the house. But Keshavrao politely and firmly declined the offer and told them, "No money should be collected from the society and spent for my sake." There the matter rested.

Gradually all his associates had begun to endearingly call Keshavrao Hedgewar as 'Doctorji'.

Wherever he went, he created a lively atmosphere full of mirth and enthusiasm around him.

His working method was not showy and pompous. He was walking miles together to reach a village or town for informing the people about the country, its plight and their duty towards it. He was meeting rich people as also the illiterate poor even in small hamlets.


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Rastriya swayamsevak sangh


By that time, the activities of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh had already started in Kashi. Doctor Hedgewar, founder of the Sangh, had asked his close associate Bhaiyaji Dani to initiate Sangh work in Kashi, while he was there for his studies. Guru was very fond of Bhaiyaji. A close kinship developed between them. Guru observed the Sangh activities like the daily prayer, exercises, sports, discussions and other intellectual activities, conducive to nationalist thinking. Guru said, "All these activities are dear to my heart too" and became, one with the Sangh.


During his stay at Nagpur after return from Madras, Guru had come to know about the Sangh and Doctor Hedgewar, who could attract any person towards him through his affability and magnetic personality.


Guru soon succeeded in securing the blessings of eminent persons like Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya for the Sangh activities. Malaviya had made available a room for the Sangh office and also a ground for Shakha activities in the campus of the University. Malaviya often discussed with Guru about the future of the country. The former was all appreciation for the discipline and dedication of Swayamsevaks.


The three years' tenure of Guru's professorship came to an end in 1933. Guru had to return to Nagpur. The parents thought that it would be better if Madhavrao did his Law, as he could thereby earn a lot. In accordance with his parents' wish, Guru joined the Law College. Study for the Law course occupied very little of his time; he spent more time in the Ramakrishna Ashram at Dhantoli.


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"Shakha" is Hindi for "branch". Most of the organizational work of the RSS is done through the coordination of shakhas or branches


The shakhas conduct various activities for its volunteers which include physical fitness activities through yoga, exercises and games. It has other activities which emphasize on qualities like civic sense, social servic...e, community living and patriotism.The volunteers are trained in first aid and in rescue and rehabilitation operations. The volunteers are also encouraged to get involved in the developmental activities of the village or locality.

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The Sarsanghchalak (Sanskrit: राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ) is the head of the RSS organization. The individuals who have been Sarsanghchalaks are:

Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar (founder), also known as Doctorji (1925–1930 & 1931–1940)

Dr. Laxman Vaman Paranjpe (1930–1931) (when Dr. Hedgewar was in jail during Forest Satyagraha)


Shri Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, also known as, Guruji (1940–1973)

Shri. Madhukar Dattatraya Deoras, also known as, Balasaheb (1973–1993)

Prof. Rajendra Singh, also known as, Rajjubhaiya (1993–2000)

Kuppahalli Sitaramayya Sudarshan (2000–2009)

Dr. Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat (21 March 2009 – till date)

The position is decided by nomination by predecessor. The current Sarsanghachalak of RSS is Dr. Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat.

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RSS was founded in 1925 by Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, who was a doctor in the central Indian city ofNagpur.Hedgewar as a medical student in Kolkata had been a part of the revolutionary activities of theAnushilan Samiti and Jugantar striving to free India from British rule. He had been charged with sedition in 1921 by the British Administration an...d was imprisoned for a year.After returning to Nagpur, he was briefly a member of Indian National Congress before he left it in 1925, to form the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. After the formation of the RSS, Hedgewar kept the organization from having any direct affiliation with any of the political organisations then fighting British rule. But Hedgewar and teams of volunteers, took part in the Indian National Congress, led movements against the British rule. Hedgewar was arrested in the Jungle Satyagraha agitation in 1931 and served a second term in prison.[

The RSS was established as a educational body whose objective was to train a group of Hindus, who on the basis of their character would work to unite the Hindu community so that India could become an independent country and a creative society.Encyclopedia Britannica opines that "Hedgewar was heavily influenced by the writings of the Hindu nationalist ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and adopted much of his rhetoric concerning the need for the creation of a 'Hindu nation'. Contradicting its own statement Britannica also claims that RSS is established to foster unity among Hindu youths of all castes and classes"[32] Hedgewar formed the RSS as a disciplined cadre who were dedicated to independence and the protection of Hindu political, cultural, and religious interests. During World War II the RSS' members openly admired Adolf Hitler in order to counter British rule in India.



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