How RSS’ branches are spreading beyond urban Tamil Nadu


It’s early morning. Even before the break of dawn, men dressed in khaki pants, neatly tucked in white half shirts and black caps are up and ready for their weekly shakha at a temple near Palliyuthu in Modakurichi of Tamil Nadu’s Erode district. Waiting for their shakha guru, the men exchange in hushed but hurried tones the progress of their individual campaigns in localities assigned to them over the last week.

Suddenly there is silence. Upon spotting their ‘guru’, the swayamsevaks (RSS volunteers) quickly take their positions — each at a two-arm distance from the other. They say a prayer in a chorus and then perform Surya......