Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat in a speech made on Sunday, said,
“Ours is not a military organisation. But we have discipline like the military. If the country needs it and the Constitution permits… it takes six or seven months to prepare an Army… but swayamsevaks, if asked, can do it in three days… this is what we are capable of.”
His statement is being criticized by the Opposition (Indian National Congress and others) on many grounds. INC sees it as an insult to Indian army.
It’s not about Indian Army though. It is about the country.
What does Mr. Bhagwat want to say by adding “and the Constitution permits“?
Does he seriously believe that the Constitution of India will be changed to allow for his organization to set up an Army! … if he believes so then either his understanding of India is incomplete or he is playing some intelligent game here.
Mr. Bhagwat will have reasons, otherwise he wouldn’t have said so. But even then we must know that no sovereign country in the World will allow a parallel Government or a parallel army irrespective of how effective such an entity proves itself to be. If any country does, then it does at her own peril.
India is no banana republic. In country’s such as India, there are proper Institutional Framework and apparatus to take care of country’s defense.
That said, in the final year of this Government, Mr. Bhagwat’s statement is not surprising though. You will see many such emotive issues in coming days and months. The 41 day long Ram Rajya Rath Yatra is already starting from tomorrow. It will pass through Ayodhya and will end on Ram Navmi in Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari. The yatra will mobilize people en route to choose Ram Rajya over other forms of States (if a country is equated to a kingdom, then ours is surely not one, ours may be called a Peopledom.
To conclude, amidst all this emotive commotion, it will be difficult for us to remain focused on the real issues such as employment, inflation, education and healthcare. It will be difficult, but still we will have to try our best.