28 February, 2021

The Concerned Core

After brief bluster, Sangh leaders tone down the rhetoric

The Concerned Core

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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