To connect Muslims with them, RSS has made this plan for the southern states
To connect Muslims with them, RSS has made this plan for the southern states

New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is working on a plan to counter the growing influence of the Popular Front of India (PFI) on the campuses of universities in South India and elsewhere. These schemes include expanding the base of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in South India. The Sangh will also reach out to the Muslim sections that do not have an alliance with the PFI. The RSS believes that the Campus Front of India (CFI), the student wing of the PFI, played a key role in instigating the minority students over the hijab controversy in Karnataka and managed to make it a national issue.

The PFI, which was once limited to Kerala, has now expanded to other states in the south as well. PFI is currently present in almost every university in South India and is also working on expanding itself to the east. The Karnataka High Court had recently ruled that the hijab is not a necessary practice in Islam and therefore if a school does not allow it, then students cannot insist on wearing the hijab. The students have now challenged this order in the Supreme Court. A senior RSS leader, while talking to the media, said, "The PFI had a role to play during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in UP. Their growing influence needs to be countered.''

Another Sangh leader told the media that, "PFI has socio-cultural reach, they are on campuses and even have a wing, which organises parades and marches like RSS.'' They've shown they're here for a long race. RSS functionaries believe that not all Muslims are associated with the ideology of the PFI. A large number of them do not like the aggressive activism of the PFI and we have to reach out to those Muslims. Most people in the union believe that the government should ban PFI.

The RSS plans to launch a public programme across the country to expose the PFI and tell the truth on the misinformation spread by the organisation. An RSS functionary told the media, "We already have a very good network in Karnataka. In Telangana also, we are doing very well. In Kerala, we are fighting, but the Left continues to dominate the campus. In Andhra, we have to work in the coastal areas. In Tamil Nadu also, we have to increase our influence. At present, the ABVP has more than 33 lakh members across the country.''

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