Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) begin its three-day encounter in Jhunjunu, Rajasthan on July 7, where the organization will brainstorm to maintain community harmony in the aftermath of the Hindu killings in Udaipur and Amravati as a backlash to the comments of BJP leader Nupur Sharma on Prophet Mohammed.
The Muslim Rashtriya Manch, under the direction of RSS leader Indresh Kumar, planned gatherings in memory of Kanhaiyalal, the seamstress slain in Udaipur at various locations.
It liaises with various Muslim organizations to maintain harmony in the country. Sources say the MRM is also campaigning against extremism.
A number of Muslim clerics and organizations were started to engage with the community.
Sources say nearly 50 such organizations have been identified to spread messages of peace and extinguish community fires. Religious leaders, academicians and other prominent individuals in the Muslim community will participate in the engagement to reach out to the community for this exercise.
RSS came up with a similar strategy that was closely monitored by RSS director Mohan Bhagwat and former RSS Secretary General Bhaiyyaji Joshi in light of Ram Mandir’s ruling to ensure community outbreaks didn’t take place, and it worked.
The comments of BJP leader Nupur Sharma about the Prophet Mohammed were not good to the Muslim community, not only in India but also in Muslim countries. This also prompted the Indian government to provide clear explanations of Sharma’s position.
This happened shortly after Kanhaiya Lal was beheaded by Riyaz Attari and Ghouse Mohammad in Udaipur on June 28 following a Facebook post in support of Nupur Sharma. A similar murder took place in Amravati, Maharashtra, where seven people were arrested.
The National Bureau of Investigation is investigating a larger plot that may have international terrorist links.
The three-day RSS meeting from Thursday will likely address the issue of community polarization in the country following these incidents.
Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale and practitioners from all 45 regions of RSS will participate in the meeting. BJP general secretaries BL Santosh and leaders Shivprakash and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) will also participate in the meeting.
The meeting comes right after the BJP’s national executive meeting in Telangana, where the party focuses on its strategy in the south, specifically Telangana going to the polls next year.
Following the elections in Rajasthan, where Parliament is in power, the BJP has highlighted community violence in the state over the past few years.
The meeting is also expected to plan a 100th anniversary celebration when RSS turns 100 in 2025.
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