RSS ‘Prachar Pramukh’ Manmohan Vaidya said China had never displayed such a gesture in the past. “The prestige of India and its armed forces has gone up internationally after the withdrawal of the armed forces of China from Doklam,” Vaidya claimed after a three-day meeting of the RSS coordination committee in Vrindavan. He said China has indulged in such “misdeeds” in the past, but this was the “first time” that India presented its position so “decisively”.
India asserted itself and as a result China had to step back from its position, Vaidya said. On August 28, both India and China decided on “expeditious disengagement” of border personnel at Dokalam, ending a 73-day stand-off. Vaidya said that it was also discussed how to strengthen the position of India as the world was changing fast and happenings in Asia were at the centrestage.
Issues related to economic policy were discussed at length and Sangh affiliates also shared their views in the three-day meeting that ended on Sunday, he said. “Earlier, the country was in a shock but now people are realising that the demonetisation decision will benefit the country in the long run,” Vaidya said. In the past, even some Sangh affiliates had criticised the government on the issue of banning high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.
This was the first time that a top RSS functionary categorically supported demonetisation. Vaidya said that in the meeting in Vrindavan, there were discussions on promoting domestic small scale industry and creation of employment in the country. To a question on import of cheap Chinese goods, he said the RSS supports the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) in its movement to boycott foreign products.
The meeting was called for better coordination among all RSS affiliates. Vaidya said that there was no discussion about 2019 Lok Sabha polls or the functioning of the government. Representatives of various all India organisations of the RSS appreciated the work of ‘Seema Suraksha Jagran Manch’ in the border areas, he said and added that the stress was on solving problems related to education, employment and other local issues.
The RSS bodies advocated promoting small, medium and agriculture based industries to overcome unemployment, he stated. He said the coordination meeting also discussed casteism and to overcome the evil, encouraging people to follow the
ideology of the Sangh. Besides RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attended the meeting.