Mohan Bhagwat's speech on Army an insult to every Indian: Rahul Gandhi

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said that while Indian Army may take six to seven months to get ready for a war, his organisation can assemble an army in just three days, if necessary. According to Indian media Bhagwat said if required, the RSS will form a large army in three days to fight against the enemy. This is our capability. Stating that his organisation is ready to help the nation if an emergency like situation arrives, RSS Chief said, "Swayamsewak will be ready to take on the front if the country faces such a situation and Constitution permits to do so".

He claimed that RSS volunteers had stood fast in Sikkim till the army reached there when China had attacked in 1962 and police as well as administrative officials had fled the area. "The RSS is not a military organization, but we have discipline like the military. If time is too scarce, then they should follow the six basic tenets of RSS", he added.

"The day India becomes a powerful Hindu nation, there will be no need for RSS. I keep roaming across the country for the RSS' expansion". "Every Indian should attend the RSS shakhas everyday. This is our capability and discipline that sets us apart", the RSS sarsanghchalak added.

Bihar's primary opposition party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, was quick to raise objections. The RSS, however, seems to have gone back on Mohan's comments and have said that he wasn't trying to make a comparison with the Indian Army and didn't intend any disrespect to the forces. Bhagwat has denigrated the Army by saying RSS is more capable than it.