RSS Shastra Puja: Opposition parties in the state had objected to flash of swords during the 2014 Dussehra celebrations by the RSS, which were also marked by armed activists taking out route marches. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founded on 27 September 1925, and claiming a commitment to selfless service to India. The organisation is the world’s largest voluntary missionary organization.Punjab unit of RSS took out route marches in the state, carrying only sticks while shunning swords and firearms. RSS said instructions were received from the top that the RSS Shastra Puja and route marches should only involve sticks and efforts should be made not to create any controversy by flash swords.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who was Amritsar MP then, had strongly reacted to the processions saying Punjab had tasted bloodshed during the trouble-torn days of terrorism and such activities could threaten peace in the state.In Ludhiana, the route marches of RSS were held on three routes, Haibowal to Rishi Nagar, Chandigarh and Daresi area. Several radical Sikh organisations had also opposed it. Patiala unit of RSS organised Shastra Puja at SDSE School in Lahori Gate. Yashdeep Puri, prachaar pramukh of Sarabha branch said three route marches were held this year along with a programme, which is an annual affair.“Last year, due to the demise of Jagdish Gagneja ji, we had skipped route marches and a programme was held at the grounds of Arya College. But except last year, route marches were held regularly over the past two decades in Ludhiana,” he said.
Puri said weapons were never used for worship by Ludhiana RSS. “We have always used sticks for the symbolic Shashtra Pujan. Actual weapons have never been used,” he said.RSS leader Sajjan Rana said they avoided brandishing other weapons because it could lead to disturbance. “Our main motive is to carry peaceful ‘panth sanchalan’, and not to create any fear among any one,” Rana said.
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