In more than 90 years of its existence, RSS has always been at the forefront of serving the people of the country in testing times. Be it man-made disasters like partition, or natural events like cyclone or floods, the Karyakartas of RSS always come forward to help the people in need. Now, much like during the first wave of coronavirus, RSS has stepped up to help the nation, while the cases surge during the second wave of the pandemic.
In the second wave of coronavirus, too, RSS has decided to deploy its volunteer force, widely known as ‘Sewa Bharti’, for a smooth supply of oxygen throughout Delhi. Moreover, the volunteers are also helping the migrant labourers to reach back home safely and taking food and homemade remedies against coronavirus to the households of the needy.
The organisation has also released the contact number of its officials from particular states and smaller units, and these officials will be available 24×7 to help the needy. Another emphasis of RSS is to prepare isolation centres for the patients so that they could be separated from the families and are taken care of well, and the families do not get infected.
Even during the last wave, the RSS workers came forward with a helping hand throughout the country. At that time, people were impressed with the groundwork of RSS that a Muslim woman from Jammu and Kashmir donated her savings of Rs 5 lakh, meant for the Hajj pilgrimage, to Sewa Bharti.
Khalida Begum, 87, Mother of Adviser Farooq Khan (Adviser to Jammu & Kashmir UT Lt. Governor) donated Rs 5 lakh meant for Hajj pilgrimage to RSS after her plans for Hajj were deferred due to the country-wide lockdown.
RSS is often a target of seculars, liberals and international media who routinely dub it as a militant organisation that is a threat to the nation’s security. But in these unprecedented times, RSS is one of the few organisations that has helmed the responsibility of catering to the vulnerable and needy.
In Odisha and Karnataka, RSS Swayamsevaks distributed masks and conducted awareness drives. In Madhya Pradesh too, the diligent Swayamsevaks sanitised an entire village while in Kerala, the Sangh and Seva Bharti volunteers have been assisting police and fire services in cleaning and disinfection works.
Last year, after the lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, around 70,000 daily shakhas (basic unit) of the organisation and over three dozen of its affiliates had been asked to prioritise the fight against the virus. This year, too, RSS has activated its mammoth machinery of Karyakartas in the fight against coronavirus.
The people of the country are obliged to RSS for its selfless service. And, this is the reason that it emerges stronger, carving out space in the hearts of the people after every adversity that the nation faces.