The nation faces severe threats from within and without. There will be no nation left if ‘good Indians’ fail in their patriotic duty of voting for Modi and the BJP. That’s the spin the RSS has given volunteers and pracharaks deployed in Bihar, UP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and even in regions where they have negligible presence, like the Northeast. “Their attempts to make inroads into the tea gardens and tribal areas are quite visible,” says Sandhya Goswami, professor of political science, Gauhati University.
As the mother organisation, the RSS has always lent volunteers to the BJP during election time. A few pracharaks sent on deputation would even contest. But never has the organisation pulled out all the stops like it has done for General Elections 2014. “The RSS has shrunk vertically during the last few decades but has grown horizontally,” claims an old Sangh hand. He went on to elaborate that the calibre, intellectual and moral fibre of the people inducted into the RSS have declined markedly over the years. There is a problem of leadership, he concedes.