17 April, 2021

Crumpled Khaki

The old mindset or diluted pragmatism? RSS in a bind.

Jitender Gupta
Crumpled Khaki

In A Twist...

  • RSS, conservative and set in its habits, is now forced to deal with new members, new trends, new political dynamics
  • There’s lack of communication between senior functionaries and grassroots workers
  • Too much emphasis on   expansion, not consolidation. Core activities are being ignored.
  • Ideology is being compromised to keep BJP in power
  • The Sangh now seems less assertive and more apologetic


For the record, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims all is well and under control. Ten days after K.S. Sudarshan, a former sarsanghchalak, lashed out at Sonia Gandhi, calling her a CIA agent and accusing her of crimes even more preposterous, the Sangh’s office-bearers assert that “the issue is over and the embarrassment from Sudarshanji’s remarks long gone”. At the Sangh’s offices at Jhandewalan in Delhi, pracharaks also say the issue was blown out...

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