In a speech at Muzaffarpur in Bihar yesterday, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat spoke about the military-like discipline among the RSS cadre.
Bhagwat on Sunday said his organization had the capability to raise a force, when the country needed it, in “three days”, compared to the Army, which would take “six to seven months” to do the same.
According to a report by Indian Express, he said: “Hamara military sanghatan nahin hai, military jaisi discipline hamari hai. Aur agar desh ko zaroorat padey, aur desh ka samveedhan… toh sena tayyar karne ko chhe saat mahine lag jayenge, Sanghke swayamsevakon ko leke teen din me tayyar honge, yeh hamaari kshamata hai. (Ours is not a military organization, but we have military discipline. And if the country requires it and the Constitution… then the Army would take six to seven months to get ready, our volunteers will take three days. This is our capability).”
“If the nation requires, and our constitution permits, the RSS is ready to go to border and fight for country’s safety,” he added.
However, Sanghis’ offered a clarification on Monday after severe public backlash from the opposition and people. It said that Bhagwat never made a comparison between the capacity of the army and the Sangh swaymsevaks.
“Bhagwat Ji had said that if a situation arises and the Constitution permits, Indian Army would take six months to prepare the society whereas Sangh swayamsevaks can be trained in three days, as swaymsevaks practice discipline regularly,” said the RSS in a statement.
“This (Bhagwat’s statement) was no way a comparison between the Indian Army and the Sangh swayamsevaks but it was a comparison between general society and swayamsevaks,” said the statement, adding, “Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only.”
Among those who slammed Bhagwat and RSS include Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Patidar activist Hardik Patel who joined Gandhi in attacking Bhagwat. today slammed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for his “disrespectful” comments against Indian Army.
In a scathing tweet, Gandhi demanded an apology from RSS after Bhagwat questioned: “preparedness of Indian Army to fight enemies at border”.
मोहन भागवत को एक महीना अपनी चड्डी सेना के साथ सरहद पर भेज देना चाहिए ताकि पता चले कि सेना क्या काम करती है और कौन सी मुसीबतें झेलती है।
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) February 12, 2018
“RSS is an army of underwear clad men who spark riots in country. I urge Bhagwat to go sell pakodas across country so that Modi can give government jobs to youth of our country,” Mevani tweeted.
संघ प्रमुख अब हमारी सेना पर आक्षेप करते है।सेना को कमज़ोर बताने वाले मोहन भागवत से राष्ट्रभक्ति किसको सिखनी हैं !!! भक्त जवाब ज़रूर देना नहीं तो साहब तनख़्वाह काट लेंगे ।। सेना का अपमान करने वाले भागवत पर मुक़दमा दर्ज होना चाहिए ।।
— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) February 12, 2018
Whereas Mevani’s colleague Patel said “no one needs to learn patriotism” from Bhagwat.
“A case should be registered against Bhagwat for calling Indian Army weak,” Patel tweeted.