Terming the ghar wapsi programs as “connecting back to one’s cultural roots”, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that it does not believe in conversion. Rather, it believes ghar wapsi is a “natural urge among people to reconnect to their cultural roots”, said Manmohan Vaidya, Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh at RSS.
“Conversion and ghar wapsi are different. Sangh does not believe in conversion. So many Muslims and Christians too come to our shakhas and we don’t convert them. Not just in India, but all over the world, people are connecting back to their cultural roots,” said Vaidya, while addressing mediapersons here on Saturday. After a gap of 15 years, RSS is hosting its karyakarta shibir (volunteer camp) in Gujarat.
Vaidya argued that ghar wapsi had not created any law and order problem. “Opposition have been raking it up because they do not have other relevant issues. Otherwise, ghar wapsi has not created any law and order problem. The Centre is quite able to respond to the opposition,” he added.
Talking about growth in volunteer registrations, Vaidya said that while there were 1000 online registration per month in 2012 on RSS’ website, in 2013 and 2014, it grew to 2,500 and 9,000, respectively. “In Gujarat, it grew from 45 per month in 2012 to 180 and 490 in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The shibir (camp) is being organised to give momentum to volunteer additions,” said Vaidya.
While around 25,000 registered to attend the camp in Ahmedabad, the attendance was around 60 per cent, said Vaidya, while adding that the turnout was satisfactory.
Meanwhile, on mandatory voting, Vaidya said, “We are not calling for mandatory voting. Sangh has always worked towards voter awareness for a healthy democracy.”