28 February, 2021

The Concerned Core

After brief bluster, Sangh leaders tone down the rhetoric

PTI
The Concerned Core
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On Wednesday, May 28, when the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) jumped into the Article 370 debate, spurred by the comments of newly appointed MoS (science and tec­hnology) in the PMO, Jitender Singh, it was only on expected lines.

A day earlier, Jitender (who later iss­ued a denial) had stated that the Prime Minister’s office had already sta­rted work on revoking Article 370. Naturally, his comments invited not just criticism but even some stern war­­ning from Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdu­llah. While the new MoS withdrew his statement, RSS spokesperson Ram Mad­hav took to Twitter to cri­t­icise Omar. In two consecutive tweets posted on May 28, Madhav asserted the RSS view: “J&K won’t be part of India? Is Omar thinking it’s his parental estate? 370 or no 370, J&K has been and will always be an integral part of India.”

Meanwhile, even though RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was at the Sangh’s Delhi headquarters in Jhandewala for a day, nothing was offered on the sub­ject by way of...

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