NEW DELHI: Model-actor and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman was trending on Twitter after revealing that he was part of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a young boy.
He wrote about those says in his memoir "Made In India.”
He talks about going to the local shakha or local wing of RSS at Mumbai's Shivaji Park.
He writes that his father "was a great believer in the benefits that would accrue to a young boy, in terms of disciplined living, physical fitness and right thinking, from being part of the junior cadres of the RSS.”
All activities, Milind said, were supervised by a "team of mostly-well-meaning if not always inspirational adults who truly believed they were helping raise good 'civilian soldiers'."
He further writes about chanting Sanskrit verses, the meaning of which he didn’t quite understand, some games they played and a traditional outdoor gymnasium where they worked out.
For a fact, “Sanskar”, “Sanskriti” and “Samrasta” will be at the core of the education that will be provided to the country’s future soldiers in the first “Army School” to be run by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), classes for which will start in April in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr.
The school, known as Rajju Bhaiyya Sainik Vidya Mandir (RBSVM), will be a first of its kind school to be run by the RSS. Rajju Bhaiyya was a former RSS chief.
“We want those aspiring to join the defence forces, to get proper education in values (sanskar), culture (sanskriti) and harmony (samrasta) so that our defence forces emerge even stronger in the coming years.
“The idea is to give education as well as moral and spiritual guidance to students and this is possible only in a residential school,” said a senior RSS functionary.
Sangh functionaries will provide moral and spiritual guidance to students which will help them cope with the career in armed forces.