22 January, 2021

Rahul Gandhi Doesn’t Know The RSS | By Seshadri Chari

The Congress president’s harangues can only invite ridicule and derision

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Rahul Gandhi Doesn’t Know The RSS | By Seshadri Chari

“The RSS idea is similar to that of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world,” Rahul Gandhi is reported to have said during his speech at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, a London-based think-tank. This is not the first time the Congress president has targeted the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on foreign soil. He had attacked the RSS while speaking earlier at a small gathering of the Indian diaspora in Germany.

The Jama’at al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin (Society of the Muslim Brothers), or the Muslim Brotherhood, started in 1928 in Egypt as an Islamic ref­ormist outfit with a clearly stated political agenda. It is at loggerheads with many Arab countries. Not even remotely does it have any parallel with the RSS, ideologically, functionally or otherwise. The RSS is a socio-cultural org­anisation with no political agenda; it belie­ves politics is not the be-all-and-end-all of society. Rahul has been ill advised to speak on subjects that are far beyond his comprehension. His effort to draw a comparison between the Muslim Brotherhood...



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