Stopping women from entering temples is an unfair practice: RSS


Joshi Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on 13 March said stopping women from entering sanctum sanctorum of temples is unfair and it is high time the managements took a step in this direction.

“Women go to several temples in India, the mental set-up needs to be changed where their entry is an issue. The management of such temples should understand this,” said RSS general secretary Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi.

In the recent times, some women groups agitated for allowing them into Shani Shingnapur Temple and sanctum sanctorum of Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik in Maharashtra.

“When women have been learning the vedas, so why stop them from entering the temples?” asked the RSS leader.

Because of some unfair traditions, at certain places there has been a lack of consensus (allowing women into temples). Such delicate issues must be solved through dialogue and not through agitation,” he said addressing reporters.

Emphasising that private sector was becoming violent day-by-day in education sector, the RSS pitched for a stronger regulatory body, possibly de-centralised, to provide quality education for everyone. It also called the government to keep a check on subversive elements such as JNU.

On 12 March, the Sangh Parivar asked the central and state governments to “to take action against anti-national forces and ensure the atmosphere is not spoiled by allowing institutions to become centres of political activities.”

Meanwhile, the RSS has decided to do away with its traditional khaki shorts and go for a pair of trousers.
“We have decided to change the dress code for swayamsevaks by replacing the khaki shorts with brown pants,” said Joshi.

The decision to change the dress code to wood brown/coffee colour trousers was taken at a three-day annual meeting of highest decision making body of the RSS, Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha.

“Trousers are more common in normal life. We move with the times and that’s why we have no hesitation in changing the dress code,” he said.

It may take four to six months to put the new dress code to take effect. The message has to be circulated to at least 50,000 villages, towns and cities in the country,” he said Joshi said.