RSS Plans Sunday Classes for Kids at 5,000 Centres
New Delhi: Concerned about “depleting sentiments for the country” and its values among the young generation, RSS plans to take the ‘Balagokulam’ movement for enriching moral values in children to all major cities in the country as a “corrective measure”.
In a meeting of its office bearers recently , Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to organise Balagokulam — weekly cultural and moral science classes through teachings of Hindu epics for children of up to 18 years on every Sunday — in around 5,000 locations starting June 1, RSS insiders said.
Started in the 1975 in Kerala by RSS, Balagokulam was registered in 1981 as a nationwide cultural movement.
The Kerala unit of the sangh, which has been running several classes across metro cities and in the state, has now been asked to expand these classestoallmajortownsandvillages and identify pracharaks and mid-level teachers, mostly of history and language,whocanconnectwithchildren J NANDAKUMAR, and head these programmes.
The classes, to be held in houses of pracharaksorcommunityhalls,“will facilitate children to appreciate, learn and practice Hindu way of life, instil confidence in children about their identity and raise Hindu awareness in the society around,” said its concept note.
The classes will be for two hours in a week wherein children, through traditional games, stories from puranas, bhajans and shlokas, will learn ideals of dharma and patriotism and make good friends, the note said.
“Presently the Balagokulams are run in Kerala and in some cities by some Malayalee families but we want to expand it to other states,” said J Nandakumar, all India Sah-Prachar Pramukh of RSS.
Along with lectures on Hindu epics and the Hindu way of life, the children will also be taught to speak in their mother tongue and the study of Sanskrit will be encouraged, he said.
“There is little scope in mainstream education for Indian values and sanskars. Government cannot be expected to do everything, including training our youth to be patriotic. Our youth need to have pride in our culture to become self-respecting and loving of our motherland. These classes will bring them closer to our heritage,” Nandakumar said.
Another senior RSS pracharak said events such as the JNU controversy and the “anti Bharat Mata chanting” have hurt RSS a lot.
Balagokulams were extremely successful in instilling love and pride for Indian festivals and values in children of Kerala. An initiative like this is the need of the hour in other states too. Hence we are looking at replicating the Kerala model in other places
All India Sah-Prachar Pramukh, RSS