RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat compared volunteers with ‘general society’, not Indian Army, says RSS

On Monday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that its chief Mohan Bhagwat did not disregard the army or comment on its preparation in the course of a speech given a day earlier in Bihar’s Mirpur. The RSS clarified in a statement by spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya that Bhagwat said if the nation’s law calls for raising an armed force, the preparation time for ordinary citizens would be six months, but volunteers of the RSS would take a shorter time to be ready, because of the army-like discipline they follow.

“This was no way a comparison between the Indian army and the Sangh swayamsevaks but it was a comparison between general society and swayamsevaks. Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only,” the statement said. The 67-year-old chief had reportedly said that the RSS has the ability to make an “army” to battle for the nation within three days if such a situation ascends, whereas the army would take 6-7 months to prepare. However, Vaidya said that the RSS chief did not question the army’s capability nor was he portraying a comparison between the army and the swayamsevaks.

He added Bhagwat was stating to the time that the army would take to groom ordinary citizens facing swayamsevaks. Bhagwat was heard saying in a video clip posted by RSS on its Twitter handle that the Sangh is not a military or paramilitary organization, but a family organization.