Many social organisations and activist groups, including those affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as also ones that profess Leftist ideology, have found the lockdown
a revelation. On April 14, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), which is the trade union arm of the RSS, organised a lecture by Krishna Gopal on the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. Gopal is one of the top leaders of the RSS and has handled its Dalit outreach over the years. According to the BMS, the lecture was streamed live on its Facebook page, and as many as 6,000 of its workers across India watched it. One of the organisers quipped that organising such a lecture with this kind of attendance would have required significant planning and expenditure in normal times, and might not have ensured such good attendance. Similarly, Anhad, a socio-cultural organisation, has taken to organising recitals, concerts, even performances by actors such as Naseeruddin Shah on its Facebook page, and has found tremendous response.