RSS seeks protection for whistleblowers

RSS seeks protection for whistleblowers

RSS National Executive Committee member Ram Madhav addresses a press meet on Saturday. RSS prachara pramukh Dr Manmohan Vaidya looks on. DH photoThe Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)  has passed a resolution urging the Centre to protect whistleblowers and defeat the malicious designs of China against national interest and security.

Briefing mediapersons on Saturday, RSS National Executive Committee member Ram Madhav said the Sabha had passed a resolution to carry out a campaign against corruption in the country.

“Our country needs disciplined, cultured people endowed with values of ‘samskara’ to check corruption. This is possible only by re-orienting the education system to reflect the national ethos and serve as an effective instrument of character-building and imparting noble ‘samskaras’,” he said.

‘Reforms needed’

Ram Madhav said transparency in governance, administration through minimum and simplified regulations, judicial system based on easy access and timely dispensation of justice, elimination of black money and checking the growing influence of money power were some of the reforms the country needed urgently.

Threat from China

The Sabha also expressed serious concern over the growing multi-dimensional threat from China and the lacklustre response of the Indian government to its aggressive and intimidating tactics.

The Sabha cautioned that the growing civilian and defence ties between China and Pakistan were a matter of grave concern to the security of the country. Besides, insurgents of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, other rebel groups in the North East like the NDFB and the Ulfa were being patronised by China. The government should considered this seriously, Madhav said. “Weapons from Chinese arms manufacturers find their way to the Maoists and other terrorist groups in the country.”

The Sabha reiterated parliament’s unanimous resolution of 1962 to reclaim the territory acquired by China to the last inch. Measures should also be taken to modernise and upgrade military infrastructure in the country, besides constituting a  Border Region Development Agency to prevent migration of the people from the border villages.

He said Chinese products like toys, mobile phones, electronic and electrical goods should be prevented from entering the Indian markets. The government should have strict visa norms and maintain a strict vigil on Chinese nationals working in the country.

River diversion

Madhav said there was threat from China to India in the form of diversion of river waters in South Central Tibetan region which would amount to robbing the lower riparian countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand of their right to water from rivers like the Brahmaputra and the Sindhu which originate from Kailash-Manasarovar in Tibet. If not checked, a war on water could not be ruled out, he warned.

Earlier, a large number of RSS workers had attended the Sanghik held on March 6.

Top leaders

Sarasangh Chalak Mohan Bhagavat, former Sarsangh Chalak K S Sudarshan, VHP international president Ashok Singhal, VHP international secretary Praveen Togadia, leaders like Dattatreya Hosabale, Suresh Soni, executive member Indresh Kumar and about 1,350 representatives from various parts of the country are taking part in the meet.

150 new shakhas

As many as 150 RSS shakhas have been created across the country in the last six months. Efforts to induct young IT professionals into the RSS fold have gained momentum in cyber cities and 140 IT shakhas have come up in the IT hubs. There are 70 shakhas in Bangalore alone, said RSS National Executive Committee member Ram Madhav.

“The RSS is drawing young professionals in substantial numbers in these cities to events called IT Milans. We have also started shakhas for graduates. There are nearly 700 graduate shakhas across the country, he said.

From leather to fibre belt

RSS National Executive Committee member Ram Madhav said those within the organisation were opposed to a change in the dress code. However, leather belts have made way for fibre belts. Members no longer wear leather shoes, they use synthetic shoes, he said.