Watch: RSS volunteers on Modi, Bihar and the Ram Mandir

Panini Anand @paninianand

Elections are not just about politicians. They're about people and issues. And what will really drive their vote.

Catch is, therefore, starting a 'People of Bihar' series, which will daily capture what different impact groups across the state are feeling. This is true insight on the Bihar election: up-close and hyper-personal.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is the seed from which various organisations have sprouted, all believing in the primacy of Hindu nationalism.

It sees itself as a social and cultural organisation, not a political one. On its own website, the RSS states its mission as: "Our one supreme goal is to bring to life the all-round glory and greatness of our Hindu Rashtra."

And so, while Sangh volunteers distance themselves from the political entity that is the BJP, they agree that there are certain issues on which the entire Sangh Parivar is united. Some of these are a common civil code, the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and the repeal of Article 370, which grants special status to the state of Kashmir.

Ahead of the Bihar assembly elections, Catch visited an RSS shakha in Begusarai, and spoke to volunteers and leaders about a wide range of issues.

From the need to mobilise Hindu voters on election day to issues like reservation, development, and casteism, the volunteers were frank and forthcoming about the Sangh's views and their own.

But they are sure about one thing: the Narendra Modi government at the Centre will get around to working on the issues closest to the Sangh's heart. Sooner rather than later.

Here's what they had to say.

(Video: Andrew Clarance & Shadab Moizee)

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Panini Anand

Panini Anand @paninianand