The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has come out strongly on terror and the unrest in Kashmir, saying that acts to curb terrorism don’t violate human rights.
It outright rejected the claims that there had been human rights violation in the Kashmir valley in the ongoing clashes between the civilians and the police, in the wake of Burhan Wani’s killing – the slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander.
In the backdrop of the violent clashes with security forces that followed his death – that led to the death of 39 persons – senior RSS functionary Dattatreya Hosabale said, “Acts to curb terror don’t violate human rights. People and the media shouldn’t glorify terrorists and their acts. They should not be made netas (politicians) out of it.”
RSS Sahsarakaryavah Hosabale, while addressing a session during the six-day all-India meeting of Prant Pracharaks in Kanpur, expressed satisfaction with the Centre’s stand against militancy – what he termed as, “anti-national activities of some”.
Rejecting claims of human rights violation in J&K, he said, “Kashmir is burning due to terror activities and the terrorists shouldn’t be glorified. Afzal Guru, Yakub Memon – all were hanged because they were terrorists. Their hanging was constitutional. They shouldn’t be eulogised. Public and media support is required to end terrorism in India. And, there has been no violation of human rights.”
Appreciating the Centre’s stand on eradicating terrorism, Hosabale said, “The Centre has taken a strong stand against terror activities through its policy of ‘no-tolerance towards terrorism’ and it should do what is required to eliminate terrorism. We support it at every step.”
According to sources, the Sangh, after having a week-long meeting of its all-India executives with prant pracharaks from 44 prants and 11 kshetras across the country, has chalked out an action plan for the next year.
“There has not only been a phenomenal increase in the number of our shakhas, but RSS has also received membership requests from nearly 50,000 people in this year alone. This speaks of the Sangh’s increasing support base,” Hosabale added.
During its ongoing meeting, the RSS had revealed the numbers reflecting its expansion of Shakhas (units) across the country in the last six years – from 45,000 in 2010 to over 57,000 shakhas as of today.
“There has been an unprecedented growth in our Shakhas across the country in the last six years. As on date, there are more than 57,000 Shakhas, which shows people’s increasing faith in the Sangh Parivar and reflects the acceptability of the Sangh and its ideology among the common people,” said Dr Manmohan Vaidya, Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh (head of Media & Publicity) of RSS.
The six-day meet of the RSS concluded on Saturday.