A change of guard in the RSS is in the offing. Owing to his poor health, RSS chief Professor Rajendra Singh alias Rajju Bhaiya wants to call it a day and hand over charge to K.S. Sudershan, joint general secretary of the RSS.
Accompanied by Sudershan, the RSS chief recently met prime minister Vajpayee informally and expressed his desire to relinquish the post. He is believed to have told Vajpayee of his wish to hand over the responsibility of sarsanghchalak to Sudershan. A formal announcement, however, is yet to be made and insiders say it might take a long while.
By convention, the RSS chief nominates his successor and puts the name of the man of his choice in a sealed envelope. M.S. Golwalkar, the second RSS chief, had appointed Balasaheb Deoras as sarsanghchalak just before his death in 1973. But Deoras broke convention and appointed Rajju Bhaiya as his successor during his own lifetime. Rajju Bhaiya formally took over in March 1994. If he relinquishes service, he will be the shortest serving RSS chief.
With an ageing top leadership,...