Nagpur: On the occasion of 95th anniversary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat will address the Vijayadashmi Utsav today at 8 am in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
ParamPoojaneeya Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan ji Bhagwat will address the #RSSVijayaDashami Utsav today, 25th October 2020 at Nagpur. Watch the program Live from 8am onwards on our Social media platforms :
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RSS was founded in 1925 by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, a doctor in the city of Nagpur, British India.
Hedgewar believed that a handful of British were able to rule over the vast country of India because Hindus were disunited, lacked valour (pararkram) and lacked a civic character. He recruited energetic Hindu youth with revolutionary fervour, gave them a uniform of a black forage cap, khaki shirt (later white shirt) and khaki shorts—emulating the British police—and taught them paramilitary techniques with lathi (bamboo staff), sword, javelin, and dagger.
Hindu ceremonies and rituals played a large role in the organisation, not so much for religious observance, but to provide awareness of India’s glorious past and to bind the members in a religious communion. Hedgewar also held weekly sessions of what he called baudhik (ideological education), consisting of simple questions to the novices concerning the Hindu nation and its history and heroes, especially warrior king Shivaji.
The saffron flag of Shivaji, the Bhagwa Dhwaj, was used as the emblem for the new organisation. Its public tasks involved protecting Hindu pilgrims at festivals and confronting Muslim resistance against Hindu processions near mosques.