24 January, 2021

A Feud In The Family

The SJM targets the Centre's 'anti-swadeshi policy', in what is seen as an RSS attempt to distance itself and retain its credibility

A Feud In The Family

HOW far will the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) go in asserting itself as a separate power centre? The question assumed significance last fortnight when the steering committee of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM), consisting of the top RSS leadership, criticised two advisory committees on trade and economic affairs set up by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The committees, the SJM felt, are dominated by persons (handpicked by the prime minister) "hostile to the very idea of swadeshi".

It is being seen as a personal attack on the prime minister. And an attack from within the Sangh parivar itself. The criticism is part of an overall RSS move against the economic policy of the BJP. The SJM, an RSS front organisation, attacked the Vajpayee government for "side-stepping" the national agenda for governance. And threatened to launch a mass movement against the Vajpayee government if it didn't roll back its "anti-swadeshi" policy. "The BJP which stands for swadeshi, must not betray hope, otherwise we will...



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