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Many Members Of The Extended Family Of RSS

With 6000 Pracharaks and 15-20 lakh participants, RSS has about 70000 shakhas across the nation besides 60 lakh alumni and affiliate volunteers.

Many Members Of The Extended Family Of RSS
Many Members Of The Extended Family Of RSS

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

  • 6,000 pracharaks
  • 15-20 lakh participants in 57,000 daily, 14,000 weekly and 7,000 monthly shakhas
  • 37 affiliates
  • 60 lakh alumni + affiliate volunteers manage about
  • 1.65 lakh projects


Politics and Religion

Bharatiya Janata Party: Political arm succeeding the Bharatiya Jana Sangh

  • 11 crore members
  • Around 35 sub-organisations and fronts, including Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (5 crore overlapping members)

Vishwa Hindu Parishad: Hindu religious organisation

  •  65 lakh members
  • 20 sub-organisations, including Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini



  • Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh: India’s largest labour union (1.7 crore members and 4,300 affiliate unions)
  • Bharatiya Kisan Sangh: India’s largest farmer union (32 lakh farmers in 26 states)
  • Swadeshi Jagaran Manch: Economy think-tank
  • Grahak Panchayat: Consumer protection
  • Laghu Udyog Bharati: Small industries
  • Sahakar Bharati: Cooperatives



  • Kreeda Bharati: Sports
  • Sanskar Bharati: Arts/artists
  • Sanskrit Bharati: Sanskrit
  • Sahitya Parishad: Literature
  • Kutumb Prabodhan: Family values (reached out to 1.25 crore people and 20 lakh families)
  • Balagokulam: Cultural training for children
  • Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana: Write/rewrite history


Social Sector

  • Seva Bharati: Social service; apex body of 972 organisations. Runs 80,870 projects in 30,909 places, while rest of Sangh and its affiliates oversee more than 74,700 projects.
  • Bharat Vikas Parishad: Social service NGO
  • Deendayal Shodh Sansthan: Rural development
  • Gram Vikas: Village development
  • Seema Jankalyan Samiti: Border area development
  • Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram: Tribal welfare (20,026 projects in 14,166 places)



  • Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal: Education advocacy
  • Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh: Teachers’ union (76 affiliate associations)
  • Pragya Pravah: Right-wing intelligentsia
  • Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad: University students’ union (32 lakh members)
  • Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan: School education (32.92 lakh students taught by 1.5 lakh teachers in 12,754 formal schools, including Saraswati Sishu Mandirs plus 12,618 informal schools)


Community Groups

  • Rashtriya Sevika Samiti: Women’s group (4 lakh active members with 4,500 regular shakhas in 10 countries running around 500 projects)
  • Rashtriya Sikh Sangat: 500 branches in India
  • Rashtriya Muslim Manch: Islamic wing, formed recently



  • National Medicos Organisation: Doctors’ association
  • Arogya Bharati: Public health
  • Kushth Rog Nivaran Samiti: NGO for leprosy patients

Source: The RSS: A View to the Inside by Walter K. Andersen; executive committees of various Sangh affiliates

Graphics by SAJI C.S.

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