Explaining the aim to open their own Army school, Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh's (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar, on Wednesday, has said that RSS has many educational institutions focused on disciplinary training, physical training as well as general education. He said these schools were aimed at imparting education instilling patriotism based at its core. He slammed the Opposition's claim saying one should not sensitize this issue.
"RSS is instituting an educational institution of all kinds. All our institutions are educational institutions with national, moral upbringing. We have institutes on physical training, discipline, general education. Our institutes give training to students so that they can join the Army and the police. This should not be sensitized. Any person belonging to any caste, religion should be patriotic at their core. Opposition's work is to oppose and say bad things," he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav had questioned the need for such a school, claiming that there were already four government-run Sainik schools in Uttar Pradesh.
"What is the need to have a separate Army school run by the RSS in the state? This plan is suspicious. It will incur a Rs 40 crore expenditure. There are already two military schools in Rajasthan, Karnataka and one in Himachal Pradesh. Besides these, the state has four Sainik Schools," said Yadav.
He further stated that it was a national conspiracy as these children in these schools will learn about mob lynching, anti-social activity, and hatred.
"It is a known fact that the RSS follows a divisive ideology. They played a negative role during the freedom movement. Children in such schools will learn about mob lynching, anti-social activity, and hatred because the RSS is opening this school to fulfill its agenda. This was the reason behind the first home minister banning the RSS. After the ban was lifted, they floated different wings to carry out their activities," he added.
On Monday, the RSS announced that it will be setting up an Army school in Shikarpur, Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr next year. In the Army school, children will receive defence training by the education wing of RSS, Vidya Bharti, to become officers in the Armed Forces. The first batch is reported to comprise of 160 students
The initiative will be named after former RSS chief Rajendra Singh called 'Rajju Bhaiya Sainik Vidya Mandir.' The former RSS Sarsangh Chalak was born in Shikarpur district in 1922.
The construction of the residential school for boys has already begun in the 8-acre land that was donated by an ex-Army personnel Choudhary Rajpal Singh. According to reports, a three-storey building with house a hostel, quarters for staff, a dispensary and a stadium