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Rashtra Sevika Samiti (National Women Volunteers Committee) is a Hindu nationalist women’s organisation inspired by RSS. Even though it is often referred to as the “women’s wing” of the RSS,the organisation is independent of the RSS while sharing its ideology. Membership and leadership is restricted to women and its activities are directed to nationalist devotion and mobilisation of Hindu or Bharatiya women

The current Chief (Sanskrit: Pramukh Sanchalika) of the Samiti is V Shantha Kumari (referred to informally as “Shanthakka”) and its General Secretary (Pramukh Karyavahika) is Sita Annadanam.

Laxmibai Kelkar was the founder of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti. Before establishing the organization, Kelkar visited Dr. Keshava Baliram Hedgewar, the founder of the RSS, in 1936, later Laxmibai Kelkar established the Rashtra Sevika Samiti at Wardha on 25 October 1936.

Active Shakhas (local branches with regular gatherings of members where they practice yoga, sing nationalist/patriotic songs, military training and have discussions) of the Samiti currently operate in 5215 centers. 875 centers conduct the Shakhas on a daily basis. The estimates of active membership range from 100,000 to 1 million It has overseas branches in 10 countries, which use the name Hindu Sevika Samiti.

Rashtra Sevika Samiti also runs 475 service projects all over India for the poor and underprivileged, without regard to religion, caste, creed, sect, gender, or ethnicity. These include schools, libraries, computer training centers and orphanages.

Rashtra Sevika Samiti focuses on Hindu women’s role in the society as leaders and agents of positive social reform. Samiti teaches its members three ideals;

Matrutva (Universal Motherhood)
Kartrutva (Efficiency and Social Activism)
Netrutva (Leadership)

The organization believes that all women have the capability to create a positive change in their community.

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