31 October, 2020

Alex At The Ganga

Modi’s new-age spin doctors vs parivar hard men. Who’ll blink first?

Illustration by Sorit
Alex At The Ganga

The RSS has now laid out its two-pronged approach towards Narendra Modi. Sources who attended its national conclave in Kochi say the organisation is determined to mobilise all its allied outfits to boost Modi’s campaign. Simultaneously, Nagpur will also give him a long rope while expounding his campaign themes but within the confines of its core beliefs.

Unfortunately, Modi, as he is prone to, has already bre­ached the code umpteen times, raising Hindutva hackles. But after each transgression, he’s also been quick to comply with the warning signals. So far, the RSS side has carefully avoided any direct intervention, even in the case of his toilet-temple analogy. Sig­nals were sent through lesser functionaries and those like Togadia. The latest schism pertains to Modi’s attacks on Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on the ISI attempt to “build inroads into Muzaffarnagar”. Joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosa­bale told the media after the conclave that Rahul’s concern was “right to an extent” and the government should...



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