Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is the world’s largest voluntary non-governmental organisation, has reached out to the Christian community and plans to set up its Christian outfit.
About the initiative, media reports
“Though the nomenclature has not been decided yet, it is envisaged that a Rashtriya Isai Manch will be set up to build bridges of goodwill with the community.”
In 2002, RSS established ‘Muslim Rashtriya Manch’ to bring together the Hindu and Muslim communities.
It was formed through an initiative by former RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan. “Muslim Rashtriya Manch is by the Muslims, for the Muslims and of the Muslims. I only guide them,” Indresh Kumar, a member of RSS’ National Executive, had said.
Recently, the members of RSS also held meetings with Christian leaders which was presided over by Chinmayananda Swami of Vishva Hindu Parishad.
It was also attended by Archbishop Mar Kuriakose Bharanikulangara, Bishop Jacob Mar Barnabas of the Gurgaon diocese, Bishop Issac Osthatheous of the Delhi diocese and the general secretary of the Church of North India, Alwan Masih. Indresh Kumar said:
“On December 17, 4-5 Archbishops, 40-50 Reverend Bishops from across 10 to 12 states met and it was decided to develop a movement. This is preparing the ground to lay the seeds for an organisation.”
Swami called it as the ‘Christmas Message for Love, Peace and Harmony from Indian Soil‘.
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The move comes after the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government was criticised for an alleged increase in incidents of intolerance.
Even the union ministers are trying to bridge the gap. Recently, Finance minister Arun Jaitley hosted clergy and professionals from the Christian community. Last month, Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured Christians that no injustice would happen to them during a Christmas celebration organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.