Ahmedabad: Standing up to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has always been the objective of those who have found the ideology of the right-wing organisation a bit too invasive. They have found the RSS ideology a huge bane for the nation, and have been pilloried as 'anti-nationals' in the bargain. Yet they have been strident in their opposition and called for India to fight the RSS.
On 18 October, this group of individuals would have their wish fulfilled, when India would indeed take on the RSS.
But wait, there is a catch. The fight in question would only be on the kabaddi pitch, not on a university campus, nor in Parliament. And what's more, it would be a Kabaddi World Cup match between India and an England team that has as many as six players who are part of the UK RSS group, according to a report in News18.com. Such a dampener, isn't it?
However, what it does is that it provides a curious side story to the Kabaddi World Cup, with India slated to almost play themselves. In England, the RSS is called the 'Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh' and the volunteer organisation put a picture of the players on social media, congratulating them on their selection in the squad.
Apart from skipper Someshwar Kalia, the organisation also sent best wishes to Jay Depala, Tejas Depala, Akash Sood, Yuvraj Pandey and Keshav Gupta, who are reportedly also part of the UK-based RSS.
"Six of us are part of the RSS back in England and we started playing kabaddi there itself. We are proud of being associated with 'Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh' but as we are born and brought up in England, we will give out all for our country against India," News18.com quoted captain Someshwar Kalia as saying.
England lost to Bangladesh convincingly in their opening match, but they have now set their eyes firmly on the clash against the mighty hosts.
Not much is known about the political convictions of Anup Kumar and company, but rest assured that the India-England clash would be a humdinger of a contest. Hope Anup Kumar and his players are not termed anti-nationals for fighting he 'RSS'.