Model Milind Soman recently released his book, Made in India: A Memoir, an excerpt of which has caught the netizens’ attention. A story by The Print shares how, in the book, he has talked about his association with an RSS shakha as a kid.
He shares that he was enrolled in RSS because his father wanted him to learn “disciplined living, physical fitness and right thinking.” He adds that how he never wanted to be a part of it and how he started liking being around people of all ages as time passed.
In the book, he shares how his memories with RSS are completely different from what the media, today, portrays about RSS. In an excerpt the writes that he was baffled by the ‘subversive, communal propaganda’ being attributed to the RSS by the media today.
“When I read today all the subversive, communal propaganda the media attributes to RSS shakhas, I am frankly baffled. My memories of what happened at our shakha between 6 and 7 p.m. each weekday evening are completely different—we marched about in our khaki shorts, did some yoga, worked out in a traditional outdoor gymnasium with no fancy equipment, sang songs and chanted Sanskrit verses that we did not understand the meanings of, played games and had a bunch of fun with our fellows.”
He also commented about how they were overseen by ‘mostly-well-meaning—if not always inspirational—adults‘. Soon he began trending on Twitter and was pretty happy about trending at 54 for an experience he had at an age of 10.
His wife also joined the conversation.