RSS Plans Sun­day Classes for Kids at 5,000 Cen­tres

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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

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