05 August, 2021

Eager Eagles

On the backfoot, the PM now has to deal with the Sangh's ambitions

Eager Eagles
The conscience keepers are back. Ignored and overlooked by Atal Behari Vajpayee on almost every issue they considered significant, rss hardliners are smiling again. The Tehelka exposé may have shaken the political establishment, but for them it's a blessing in disguise. The old hawks are once again confident that they can now dictate terms to the Vajpayee government. Says a senior Sangh functionary: "The rss is now in a much better position. At the same time, its responsibilities have grown many fold."

Against this backdrop, Sangh outfits like the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (sjm) are once again in the agitational mode. Even as the Tehelka crisis continues to give nightmares to the Vajpayee team, the sjm opened yet another front against the government—it held a protest meeting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi last week to demand the government's withdrawal from the wto. While this is an old swadeshi agenda, the timing of the agitation is widely seen as ploy to pressurise a government already on the backfoot.

And the sjm is not the only one in a belligerent mode. rss...

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