Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK (referred to as HSS) was established in 1966 by Hindus (mainly from East Africa) who had immigrated to the UK during that period. It was registered as a Charity in 1974 with the following preamble “it is a part of the accepted doctrine of the Hindu religion that its practice develops in its adherents both a love for Bharat (India) as the Holy Land of the Hindus and the spirit of eternal Hinduism which means love for the whole of humanity regardless of race, country, nationality, religion, sect, faith, caste or creed and furthermore that this spirit enables such adherents to become better and more useful citizens”.
The preamble has been the spirit of the HSS since its inception. The primary aims and objectives of the HSS are to promote, preserve, practice and protect Hindu Dharma (Religion), Hindu ideals and Hindu way of life in the British multicultural environment. The activities of the HSS are therefore designed to further these aims and objectives. It has adopted a “Shakha” model of activity and organisation which is unique to RSS in India. This was a natural choice as early pioneers of HSS had good experience of the ‘Shakha’ model in their home countries. They had found this model very practical and successful. It also shares some commonality of cultural ideology. Hence one can see many similarities in the activity and organisational model of HSS and RSS in India.
In furtherance of its aims and objectives, HSS takes inspiration, interacts, shares, promotes and participates in events of many like-minded organisations worldwide including RSS which is the largest Hindu cultural organisation in India, Chinmaya Mission, Art of Living, ISKCON, Swaminarayan Organisations. Today, HSS model of organisation and activities is established in many countries, running independently and regulated by their respective countries.
HSS UK has over 100 activity centres (known as shakhas) and are attended by over 2000 people on a weekly basis. Regular activities include games, yoga, health & fitness, educational and cultural for all age ranges (from 4 years to 80 + years old). It has a parallel women’s organisation called Hindu Sevika Samiti established since 1975. It has inspired many organisations such as National Hindu Students Forum, Sewa UK, Sewa Day & VHP UK.