21 October, 2020

The Safety Of Distance

It's red faces in the saffron camp as the RSS decries those involved as 'failed swayamsevaks'

The Safety Of Distance
The RSS is going through an unprecedented churning after its political offspring, the bjp, has been caught knee-deep in a slush of corruption. Usually the first to take the moral high ground, the high priests of the rss are left with nothing to defend their swayamsevaks named in the Tehelka tapes. In fact, a series of recent embarrassments caused by the actions and policies of the bjp has forced the rss leadership to reassess its relationship with the party. Sources in the Sangh say the issue came up at the three-day pratinidhi sabha held last week in Delhi.

The first indication of a planned distancing from the government came when M.S. Vaidya, official spokesperson of the rss, categorically stated that the Tehelka tapes constituted prima facie evidence and that "the government will have to take care of its administration". Vaidya also described dethroned bjp chief Bangaru Laxman as "a failed swayamsevak". This, when Laxman and swayamsevak-turned-middleman R.K. Gupta got their first ideological initiation in morning rss shakhas. The whole edifice of "high moral values"...


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