Sewavibhag to spread service activities in border untouched districts
Courtesy: Mail Today
RSS social vigilance along the Indo-China border to expand its footprint
Siddhartha Rai New Delhi, Monday, April 20, 2015
The cultural organisation and ideological mentor of the BJP has plans to open a series of schools and hostels in all blocks of Uttarakhand along the China border to raise awareness against "antinationalism".
Work has already begun on a hostel in Kedar Valley while the organisation is scrounging the region for possible sites for more such hostels. The move is expected to be augmented by RSS-run hospitals to come up in the region soon.
Apart from the 30 hostels that are already operational, the latest move comes in addition to a chain of RSS-run 'single-teacher' or ekal vidyalaya schools operating silently along the Indo-China border in Ladakh for years now and teach over 500 students. Also, the RSS is providing medical facilities through mobile dispensaries in border areas under the Arogyarakshak scheme.
RSS functionaries maintain that it is important to mainstream far-flung villages and areas in the state that have been on the fringe of society till now and thus have been soft targets for Chinese incursions. Observers say the strategy reflects China's own thinking in assimilating provinces such as Xinjiang and its inroads into Tibet.
"There are villages in Uttarakhand that have been untouched by the full wave of development and the frustration and unemployment among the youth here becomes a welcome ground for China to carry out its nefarious interventions and incursions. These schools and hostels will bring nationalistic education to the youth and make them employable, dissuading them from veering towards anti-national activities. Also, institutional presence will deter China from intruding in Indian territory," said Kripa Shankar, RSS kshetriya prachar pramukh.
These schools and hostels would be opened in the border NEWS SPECIAL REPORT region spanning the Kedar Valley, Dharchula, Gangotri and Yamunotri, Pithoragarh, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Badrinath. These establishments will have medical mobile vans.
"After the devastating floods in the Kedar Valley, we decided to open such establishments. The idea is to create an institutional infrastructure manned by our cadre and student volunteers who may come in handy in case of natural calamities. Then we decided to extend them into border areas as the bordering blocks of Uttarakhand are not only sacred places for Hinduism, but also points of entry for the Chinese army," Shankar said.
According to Shankar, the RSS also wants to curb migration of people out of the bordering villages, as the dwindling population of bordering areas has been used by the Chinese army to its advantage for incursions. "We have started a scheme whereby we are trying to convince people of Uttarakhand who have migrated out of the state to come back to live in their village at least once a year for seven days," he added. The idea behind the programme, or prakalp as RSS calls it, is to boost the local economy and thus create more avenues of employment for the local youth.
"When these families come back to their ancestral villages even for seven days, they buy local produce which boosts the local economy. Also, successful people who have migrated inspire the youth and become role models for them in villages," said another RSS functionary from Uttarakhand.
According to another highlyplaced RSS functionary, the welfare arm of the organisation Sewa Bharti and educational arm Vidya Bharti have already been running nearly 60 ekal vidyalayas on Ladakh border.
"This is not something new for us. We have been running schools in Ladakh for a long time. Although, some new ones have been created and more will come in future," said Delhi prant prachar pramukh Rajiv Tuli.
Sangh members claimed they have been sourcing money and resources for these operations from RSS members and cadre across the country and have not relied on government grants. They will hold seminars in Delhi and Dehradun over the issue.