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Mangaluru: Co-ordinator of RSS Public Relations Cell – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana TS Venkatesh on Thursday, February 18, welcomed minorities to join the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh provided they agree with its ideology that all Indians are Hindus.

Responding to a reporter’s question during an interactive session of the RSS with the media, Venkatesh said that the RSS will not force anybody to join the organization. However, any individual is welcomed if he agrees to the RSS ideology adding that the organization already has members from other communities.

He maintained that the RSS is a Hindu organization and will work towards uniting the Hindus.

Giving out details on the RSS with a Powerpoint presentation, Venkatesh said that the RSS has about 60 lakh active volunteers in the country. Until 2015, the organization has undertaken 1,60,000 social service activities in the field of education, health, social service and economics across the country. There 55,000 shakhas for daily activities and weekly meets are held in 13,000 places. About 9,000 people who cannot attend daily or weekly meets come together once a month, he said adding that the BBC has declared RSS as the largest organization in the world.

Venkatesh brushed aside the allegation that the RSS imparts extremism in its activists and said that its prime intention is to unite the Hindus and build the country.

He condemned the students supporting Afzal Guru in the JNU campus and said that any anti-national activity cannot be tolerated. He further said that if they have anything against the government, they have the right to present their grievance against Modi but not against the country. He expressed gladness that even a considerable number of Congress activists have been condemning the JNU row.

Asked why the RSS has not been vocal against such as the SEZ and the Yettinahole project, he said that the RSS mainly works from its shakhas and its affiliations take up issues at the local level. “RSS is concerned about the environment, but the core activity of RSS is only running the shakhas. Those who are trained in shakhas join various affiliations of RSS and render service,” he said.

Venkatesh said that as a considerable number of activists are mulling for a change in uniform, the issue will be taken up during the annual general its body meeting to be held in Rajasthan.

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