Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, translated into English as National Volunteer Organization)[note 1] is a far-right extremist, paramilitary terrorist[2][3][4] organization[5] from India advocating Hindutva (Hindu nationalism). The RSS’s ideology was directly inspired by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.[6] RSS is the parent organisation of Bharatiya Janata Party, a Hindu party and current ruling party of India.

The RSS’s goal of Hindu supremacy brought them into conflict with Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of Hindu teachings and the secularism of independence leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru. We all know what happened next... Gandhi was murdered in January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse, a former RSS member. Bitter conflict between the Hindu nationalists and those advocating for a democratic secular and diverse India gave birth to a modern organization dedicated to bringing about its vision of a Hindu state.

India has banned the RSS on three separate occasions, once after Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, and most recently after they razed the Babri Mosque claiming that it was built over a Hindu temple. The organization was acquitted each time and its members vehemently deny militancy, although their critics disagree and often label it as a terrorist organization.[7]


Role in freedom struggle[edit]

Hindus, don’t waste your energy fighting the British. Save your energy to fight our internal enemies that are Muslims, Christians and Communists.
—Golwalkar, 2nd leader of RSS, most prominent Hindutva ideologue.[8]

Major ideologues[edit]


Vinayak Damodar SavarkarWikipedia is credited for coining the word “Hindutva’’. He is known to his followers by the honorific prefix 'Veer'; however, it is much less known that this title was actually bestowed by himself in a Hagiography he wrote with a different name![9]

Savarkar is born hero, he could almost despise those who shirked duty for fear of consequences. If once he rightly or wrongly believed that a certain system of Government was iniquitous, he felt no scruples in devising means to eradicate the evil.
—Savarkar pretending to be a different person while writing about himself in a biography.

Savarkar was deeply "Islamophobic" since childhood, admitting to having destroyed mosques and attacked Muslims with knives, pins, and foot rulers at the age of 12, as a reaction to the surge in attacks on Hindus.[citation needed]

We vandalized the mosque to our heart’s content and raised the flag of our bravery on it. We followed the war strategy of Shivaji completely and ran away from the site after accomplishing our task.

Savarkar has been wrongly accused of inventing the destructive two-nation theory years ago before Muhammad Ali Jinnah presented it in parliament.[citation needed]

Savarkar criticised British for banning Sati.[citation needed]

He was also a great follower of the British, advising Hindus to straw away from the freedom struggle.[citation needed]

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was a staunch critic of Savarkar. Savarkar called Bose a "Hindu Jihadi".[10]

Now, the Hindu far-right in India have started rewriting history to portray Savarkar as a great freedom fighter.

We bow to Veer Savarkar on his Jayanti [Birthday]. Veer Savarkar epitomises courage, patriotism and unflinching commitment to a strong India. He inspired many people to devote themselves towards nation building.
—Narendra Modi[11]


See the main article on this topic: M.S. Golwalkar

MS Golwalkar (1903–1973), the second leader of the RSS, was a Nazi admirer and one of the first proponents of a Hindu Rashtra.


Cattle pseudoscience[edit]

In 2009, some RSS followers claimed that western brands like Pepsi and Coca-Cola were corrupting Indian culture, and introduced the cow urine soda in India. The drink contained cow urine with flavors such as Aloe vera and some Ayurvedic herbs. They promotes the drinking of cow urine as a cure for diseases arguing, "Cow urine offers a cure for around 70 to 80 incurable diseases like diabetes."[12]

In 2017,Shankar Lal, President of Bharatiya Gau Sewa Sangh (An RSS affiliate dedicated for Cow lovers) said.

It is fresh cow dung. I have put it to save myself from the harmful radiations of the cellphone. It works, believe me, If cow dung can treat cancer, why can't it save us from a phone's microwaves? [13]


See the main article on this topic: Hindutva § Racism

In May 2017, RSS's health wing launched their grand plan to Make India Great Again, using Nazi eugenics.

Teaching babies sanskaar in womb[edit]

On March 2023, Samvardhinee Nyas, wing of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, the women's section of the RSS, announced their new campaign titled "Garbha Sanskar", to help indoctrinate foetuses into their ideology and religion even before they are born (albeit with questionable efficacy).

Pregnant women should be taught about the lives and struggles of Lord Ram, Hanuman, Shivaji and freedom fighters so that the child in the womb starts learning early about sanskar.
—Madhuri Marathe, organising secretary of Samvardhinee Nyas

It was also said that as a part of "womb cleaning," reading Sanskrit and the Gita should also be done during pregnancy, claiming that if garbha sanskar was performed properly, even the DNA of the child in the womb could be changed.

It makes us wonder what is going wrong in pregnancy. 'Garbha sanskar' starts even before pregnancy. The minute a couple thinks of a child, the role of ayurveda comes into play
—Dr Rama Jayasunder, head, NMR department of AIIMS (!!!).
...Purification of the womb and a positive environment are much needed. Our target is to deliver 1,000 such garbha sanskar children every year in this country. This initiative is meant to restore the old glory of India... Mothers will be happy if they give birth to children like Lord Ram, who are duty-bound towards parents and save the country too
—Rajani Mittal, co-convener.

To top it all off, some homophobia:[14]

If the mother already has a son as her firstborn and expects her second-born to be a girl, but gives birth to a boy, then the child could grow up to be homosexual
—Shweta Dangre

Stopped Clock[edit]

In recent years, the RSS has accepted LGBT members and some leaders have made statements supporting LGBT rights, though some say that such support is likely "hollow and superficial" to attract more supporters by utilizing Christophobia and Islamophobia from these communities harboring Anti-LGBT sentiment.[15]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. Rashtriya means national, swayamsevak means volunteer, and sangh means organization.


  1. Dress how you want to be addressed: RSS and fascism. Indian National Herald.
  2. See the Wikipedia article on Saffron terror.
  3. CIA document tags VHP and Bajrang Dal as militant religious outfits ThePrint
  4. When shall the UNSC declare RSS a terrorist outfit? Modern Diplomacy
  5. Les Back and John Solomos (2000), Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, p.591, ISBN 9780415156714. "It is important to note the marriage between far-right-wing Hindutva ideology and western New Ageism in the works of writers like David Frawley (1994, 1995a, 1995b) who is both a key apologist for the Hindutva movement and the author of various New Age books on Vedic astrology, oracles and yoga."
  6. Guruji’s Lie: The RSS and MS Golwalkar’s undeniable links to Nazism by Dhirendra K Jha (31 July 2021) The Caravan.
  7. I. K. Shukla (2003). Hindutva: An Autopsy of Fascism as a Theoterrorist Cult and Other Essays. Media House. pp.105–. ISBN 978-81-7495-143-4. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  8. BJP's brand of patriotism Deccan Herald
  9. Savarkar praised and called himself ‘Veer’ in biography penned by himself National Herald
  10. Collaborator Savarkar versus Freedom Fighter Bose Sabrang SHAMSUL-ISLAM JANUARY 26, 2016
  11. Narendra Modi, 28 May 2019, archived from Twitter.
  12. Udder Nonsense? Cow Urine Promoted for Health Benefits Livescience
  13. RSS Leader Applies Cow Dung On His Cellphone To Guard Against Radiation Huffington Post.
  14. Teach babies 'sanskar' in womb: RSS wing to doctors The Times of India
  15. RSS chief bats for rights of transgender, LGBTQ citizens The Hindu