The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh abbreviated as RSS as we all know is a right-wing Hindu Nationalist organisation. The initial goal of this organization was to create a Hindu rashtra by uniting the Hindu community to perfection. Although having faced ban several times, it found its way back into the Indian society.
One of the former volunteers of RSS is none other than model sensation Milind Soman. Recently in his memoir ‘Made In India’, Milind Soman spoke about being a part of the RSS shakha at a young age. He said and we quote –
“My memories of what happened at our shakha between 6 and 7 p.m. each weekday evening are completely different—we marched about in our khaki shorts, did some yoga, worked out in a traditional outdoor gymnasium with no fancy equipment, sang songs and chanted Sanskrit verses that we did not understand the meanings of, played games and had a bunch of fun with our fellows.”
He further added,
“My dad had been part of the RSS himself and was a proud Hindu. I didn’t see what there was to be proud about, but on the other hand, I didn’t see that there was much to complain about either. It just was. I don’t know what my shakha leaders felt about being Hindu—they didn’t really air their views on it to us, as far as I remember. Even if they had, I would not have paid attention—it would have made them sound too much like my dad.”
The excerpt is from Milind Soman’s ‘Made In India’. For more updates, stay tuned to IWMBuzz.com.