27 October, 2020

'The RSS Training Made Me A Better Officer. There Are Many More Like Me.'

'We were RSS boys who were trained to become soldiers... I don't believe all that I read about Lt Col Purohit. He's innocent until proven guilty.'

Sandipan Chatterjee
'The RSS Training Made Me A Better Officer. There Are Many More Like Me.'
When Col Sabyasachi Bagchi (retd) was inducted in 1963 as an emergency commission officer into the Jat regiment at the age of 23, he had already been a member of the RSS for 10 years. Having served the army for 27 years, he sought voluntary retirement in April 1990, went back to Calcutta and joined the BJP a few years later. He was their Lok Sabha candidate from Calcutta in 1998, but failed to win the seat. He continues to be the party’s political official in Calcutta. In a conversation with Saikat Datta, the retired colonel revealed the names of five other RSS members from Calcutta who joined the armed forces and recalled how the outfit prepared them for a career as a soldier. Excerpts:

"I joined the RSS when I was in the eighth standard. I must say the organisation instilled a sense of patriotism in me and helped build a character. This helped me do well in the military. I was not the only one who joined the armed forces from the RSS. During my time, there was the late Group Captain Manoj, who was also with the RSS before he joined the military. There...



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