Outrage as RSS chief says Indian Army is inferior to Sangh volunteers

Shame on you Mr Bhagwat: Rahul Gandhi slams RSS chief for'insulting Army

Shame on you Mr Bhagwat: Rahul Gandhi slams RSS chief for'insulting Army

Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat of "disrespecting" the Army and those who have laid down their lives for the country.

In a trouble-shooting exercise, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS) has clarified that its chief Mohan Bhagwat didn't compare RSS cadres with soldiers of the Indian army. The BJP, which rules at the Centre and is reportedly guided by the RSS ideology, hasn't yet reacted to the statement of the RSS chief.

"Indian Army is our pride". Parallel army is talking about what we have always warned against. "This exposes the RSS game plan to form a parallel army and shatter the country's unity and create anarchy". "If the country needs it and the Constitution permits...it takes six or seven months to prepare an army...swayamsewaks, if asked, can do it in three days... this is what we are capable of".

His trumpeting of the military might of the influential RSS, which often describes itself as only a socio-cultural organisation, immediately raised eyebrows in political circles, partly because of the disparaging comparison he made with the army, and also because the military exercises imparted in RSS shakhas have been widely documented. Rijiju, the Minister of State of Home, also hit out at the Congress which had criticised Bhagwat's remarks, saying it should not try to politicise the Army.

Bhagwat even added to say that the RSS is like a family organisation where workers are trained like the Army. In a statement issued by ideologue Manmohan Vaidya, the RSS claimed that Bhagwat's words had been "misrepresented" by the media. "In emergency situation (not Congress emergency) [sic] every Indian must volunteer to stand with Defence Forces", Rijiju said. The RSS statement said Bhagwat told a gathering in Muzaffarpur on Sunday that in case of a war the Indian Army would take six months to prepare the society whereas RSS volunteers can be trained in three days because "Swayamsevaks practise discipline regularly".