For those who are duped by all this patriotic noise, remember that patriotism is often used to cover up evil deeds. Was it a great act of patriotism to murder elderly scholars and then boast about it? Is this what Modi meant by good days (achhe din) ahead? Achhe din for whom? Hooligans and foul-mouthed people? My only request of the Sangh Parivar is this: if you love India so much, please cease the destruction of our institutions of justice and knowledge. If you admire Hindu civilisation so much, please refrain from confusing pragnya with propaganda, wisdom with cunning. Stop speaking from both sides of your mouth, all of us are not idiots. Cease the celebration of violence. Stop treating our minds as if they are your 'maal' as the Sarsanghchaalak put it. DS
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS will review the Narendra Modi government's performance in the last 15 months at a three-day meeting beginning today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the meeting as will 12 BJP ministers and party chief Amit Shah. The meeting of 93 members of what is called the Sangh Parivar has been billed as a 'Samanway Baithak' or coordination meeting. It will be presided over by Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the RSS, which is the ruling BJP's ideological mentor. It's not clear how much time the PM will spend at the meeting.
The latest religious census, which indicated a decline in the Hindu population below the 80-crore mark and a marginal increase in Muslim population, is expected to be discussed, as will the One Rank One Pension demand of ex-servicemen that the government has been grappling with. Sources said the RSS has prepared a dossier that indicates the need for a "course correction" ahead of crucial assembly elections in Bihar to be held by November. "The RSS doesn't want Bihar to be Delhi and 2019 to be 2004, when India was shining, but an election was lost," said a senior BJP leader.
The RSS has said such reviews are done routinely, mainly to ensure better coordination between the BJP, the government and affiliates of the Sangh, some of whom complain that key policies in the Narendra Modi government's reformist agenda is at odds with the Sangh's ideology. Affiliates like the Swadeshi Jagran Manch are against genetically modified crops, Foreign Direct Investment, strategic sale of government assets to raise money and opening Indian banks to foreign companies - all key to the Modi government's long-term economic agenda.
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch had also joined protests against the controversial changes the government had planned in the law to acquire land. Sources said the Sangh feels the government has earned an anti-farmer tag by pushing the land bill, which it has now buried, and should avoid such steps. Other Sangh affiliates like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad are pushing for a bigger say in education and syllabus, sources said.
Rajnath denies rift in BJP // Lets believe everything we're told..(2013)
This was stoutly resisted and the BJP was forced to withdraw
In 2000 Vajpayee (in support of Modi’s predecessor Keshubhai Patel) said the RSS was not political– in order to formally enable Gujarat RSS cadre to enter the ranks of the state administration.
In 2013, as their involvement in politics has become crystal clear, they assert that ‘no promise was ever made to the government in 1949 ahead of lifting of the ban on it that it will never enter politics..’ (M.G. Vaidya, in