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Why Janata Party Parted with Jan Sangh over RSS

Why Janata Party Parted with Jan Sangh over RSS I entered political life in 1937. Quite active in Pune in those days were the RSS and the Savarkarites (followers of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar) on the one hand and nationalist, socialist and leftist political organisations on the other. On May 1, 1938, we took out a…

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Goebbelsian Doublespeak: B. R. Ambedkar and the RSS

Goebbelsian Doublespeak: B. R. Ambedkar and the RSS Historically, the philosophical roots of the RSS can be located in German National Socialism and the former has constantly strived to live up to the ideals of its mentors. This is best illustrated when the RSS indulges in Goebbelsian doublespeak to further its exclusivist nationalism. A lie…

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Book Release: “The RSS: A Menace to India”

Book Release: “The RSS: A Menace to India” Scholar, lawyer and author Abdul Ghafoor Noorani’s latest book The RSS: A Menace to India, published by Leftword Books, was released in New Delhi on April 2, 2019. It’s a well written, comprehensive, research-intensive deep-dive book about one of India’s biggest and most secretive organisations.   Speaking…

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Appeal to Non-BJP Opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

Appeal to Non-BJP Opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections The coming 2019 may prove to be a watershed in India’s political history, as were the 1977 elections forty-two years ago.  In 1977, elections were held after a declared Emergency, during which the Constitution was suspended, political activity disallowed and opposition leaders and activists imprisoned. The success…

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India: Liberal Democracy and the Extreme Right

India: Liberal Democracy and the Extreme Right (Note: This article is excerpted from a longer article, and we are publishing it as a single piece rather than in two parts because of its importance.)   The Indian polity of today seems to be undergoing a historically unprecedented process: the irresistible rise of the extreme right…

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Sangh’s Latest Attacks on Academic Institutions

Sangh’s Latest Attacks on Academic Institutions In his convocation address to the University of Allahabad in 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru said, “A university stands for humanism, for tolerance, for reason, for the adventure of ideas and for the search of truth. It stands for the onward march of the human race towards even higher objectives. If…

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RSS Supremo’s Public Relations Exercise

RSS Supremo’s Public Relations Exercise Do organisations say what they intend to do? Not necessarily. This came out clearly from the three long lectures by RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat. The event was supposed to be a dialogue, but the maximum dialogue one could see was his answering a few questions at the end of the…

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Freedom Movement, Savarkar and RSS

Freedom Movement, Savarkar and RSS The rise to dominance of the RSS in the political sphere has been accompanied by its claim of being most patriotic organisation and that it has contributed to nation building and to the freedom movement. It has also been trying to act as an aggressive judge, classifying people as patriots…