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About RSS

Dr.HedgewarRSS was founded in 1925 by Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, who was a doctor in the central Indian city of Nagpur. Hedgewar as a medical student in Kolkata had been a part of a number of revolutionary activities striving to free India from British rule. The RSS was established as a educational body whose objective was to train a group of Hindus, who on the basis of their character would work to unite the Hindu community so that India could become an independent country and a creative society. RSS swayamsevaks or volunteers participated in various political and social movements and the organization became the leading Hindu nationalist organization in India. By the 1990s, the group had established numerous schools, charities and clubs to propagate its ideology. RSS volunteers are also known for their role in the relief and rehabilitation work during natural calamities and for running more than 100,000 service programs in education, health care, rural development, tribal emancipation, village self-sufficiency, and the rehabilitation of lepers and special needs children. Most of the organizational work of the RSS is done through the coordination of shakhas or branches. These shakhas are run for 1 hour in public places. In 2004, more than 60,000 shakhas were run throughout India. The shakhas conduct various activities for its volunteers which include physical fitness activities through yoga, exercises and games. It has other activities which emphasize on qualities like civic sense, social service, community living and patriotism. The volunteers are trained in first aid and in rescue and rehabilitation operations. The volunteers are also encouraged to get involved in the developmental activities of the village or locality. For swayamsevaks who work in IT(Information Technology) related sectors another form of Shakha is set, called as "IT Milan". These are weekly meetings unlike the regular Shakhas which run daily. IT Milans are observed in many IT cities in India – Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune. This 60–90 minutes weekly gathering includes a Prayer, Surya Namaskara, Yoga, games, song and sermon. IT Milans are user friendly; the prayer is available as a printout, usually everyone is addressed in English, and there are enough people to aid newcomers on the Surya Namaskara and seven yoga asanas. These exercises have been designed for IT professionals who suffer from chronic lower backache due to long hours at computers. Games are played during the Milan to relieve tension in the minds of IT Swayamsevaks and foster team spirit. An IT Milan also serves as a forum for discussion on various issues of national and international importance alongwith numerous technical discussions. Young techies are being drawn to these IT Milans—started in 2001—as the RSS spreads its tentacles to draw young blood, as demanded by the new RSS Chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, who is two decades younger than his predecessor and wants the Sangh to adapt to modern lifestyles. “People no longer have nine-to-five jobs, we are focusing on weekend shakhas,” he said last year. So, what draws these code-writers here in their fast-paced lives? Money has forced some to change their values, but luckily they still have a strong head on their shoulders and still think about their contribution to the country; IT Milan fills this gap. They are all professional achievers. Despite their busy schedule, they come and participate. They are also involved in our social activities. IT Milan is like a get-together. The response in Pune is good and we could plan special shakhas for the IT people. The RSS is hunting for good professional brains and Pune IT sector has potential to provide it.