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RSS to consider women shakhas, says Manmohan Vaidya after Rahul's attack

Bhopal, Oct 12 (IANS): The RSS will consider holding separate shakhas for its women cadre, a top Sangh official said on Wednesday, a day after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi accused the organisation of having no place for women.

"Except RSS shakhas, women participate in other activities like Jan Prabodhan and Jagaran (social and awakening activities). The RSS unites with a family through men. Women are not in shakhas but they support Sangh. They try to create a conducive atmosphere in their family for the Sangh work. Shakhas..Sangh shakhas for women separately...we will consider," RSS Chief Spokesperson (Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh) Manmohan Vaidya told reporters here.

He was addressing the media on the eve of a three-day meeting of the RSS Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal (ABKM). The annual meeting has been convened to review the activities undertaken by the outfit in the last six months.

The senior RSS functionary slammed Rahul Gandhi for attacking the organisation and asked him to focus instead on strengthening the Congress. Rahul had also slammed the RSS for not including women in their shakhas. "Have you seen women in shorts in RSS shakhas," he had asked in a conversation with students in Gujarat on Tuesday.

"Asking whether you have seen a woman in RSS shakha is like asking for women in a men's hockey match. If he (Rahul) wants to see women, then he should see women's hockey match," he said.

"Sangh had decided long ago to work among men. If Rahul Gandhi's concerns are for Sangh, then we will take care of it. But if his concerns are for women, then he should care about women in his party," he said in a lighter note.

Vaidya said: "Those who write the scripts of Rahul's speech, do not understand the RSS. Sangh is working since long among the people to develop individuals and society in the interest of the nation. Sangh is not a political outfit. The Congress is a political outfit. It can't be compared with RSS.

"Their competition is with BJP which is also a political party. We don't have any competition with Congress. We are working for the social cause by holding 50,000 shakhas daily. We are not here because of any government's blessings but by the sacrifice of our cadre. So you cannot compare the RSS with a political party."

He said Rahul's grand mother Indira Gandhi and his father Rajiv Gandhi, despite being powerful and holding office of power, unnecessarily tried to oppose the RSS.

"But what did they get. Sangh is spreading while they are shrinking. They should worry about themselves. They should not play hockey and cricket together, They need to induct some intellectuals in their fold. By opposing Sangh, you are neither going to damage us nor going to benefit yourself. Better if you spare us. Our work is spreading."

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  • Anil D.G., Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    It's a very well known fact that RSS people lie about their involvement in politics.. In fact, they lie about each and everything through their mouthpieces (Jhumlas, remember?) The prime minister is a RSS man. So are the Vice President of India, the governors and the numerous chief ministers of BJP ruled states, and of course, the various chelas and chamchas in the bureaucracy.. So they should accept the fact that RSS is not a 'cultural' organisation anymore, and move on..

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    Now Pappu will be advised by Madam’s PA team….Don’t give any new idea to BJP or RSS or VHP….It will become reality and back fire CONGiss for sure

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  • chethan kumar, bangalore

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    I welcome this decision...

    I hope there will be more recognised ganaveshadaari in future..

    Welcome RSS...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    smriti irani is good 4 shaka head.

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  • JAGDISH, mumbai

    Thu, Oct 12 2017


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  • Richard Noronha, Belman

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    Rakhi Sawant should be consider brand ambassador of RSS women shakhas

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  • Ravi, Kapu

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    CONgress is soo scared of RSS, that's why they keep targeting them. They had no guts to ban RSS while they were in power

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 12 2017


    Congress is a too large a horizon. We the common people in Karnataka are afraid of approaching the police because its an open secret that more than 50% of the police personnel are members of RSS. Now tell me where will one get justice in matters contrasting their slogan ?

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    Don't attack Raul Vinci alias Rahul Gandhi alias Pappu..He works for Modiji better than BJP leaders..His every comment makes Modjiji and RSS strong every time...This time he helped BJP to get women vote easily by nonsense comment..

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    How good it was the RSS man Chaaiwaala listens to Dr. Manmohan Singh, Rahul, Sonia and Chidambaram.



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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    ದೊಂಪ್ರಾಂ ಸಕೈಲ್ ಬೂದ್.
    ಇಸಕೊ ಕೆಹೆತೆ ಹೆಂ ಗುಟ್ನೆಕೆ ನೀಚೆ ಬುದ್ಧಿ.

    They are now interested in the British culture of Pants to all.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    Hema Malani would be an ideal Shakha Pramukh ...

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  • Sampath, India

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    Dont act like rahul..

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 12 2017

    Sampath, there is substance in Jossey's suggestion.

    The beautiful skirt wearing Dhannu turned politician, what did she do to prove her potential ? Purchased land in Maha for peanuts' rate to establish her dance academy. Will she do the social work out of the academy ? Impossible.

    Jussey's suggestion is very ideal though it hurts you.

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