(This is a reprint from NewsBred).
Indian Express has two voices that do not like RSS or BJP
or Hindu resurgence in
Jaffrelot is the crudest today than he has perhaps ever been
in his long association with the Indian Express. All the veneers of scholarly
nuances are out of the window. What remains is a pen-pusher who is unsure of
his dwindling influence over the readers or his promoters. The crux
of his agenda is that lynchings is orchestrated by the present dispensation who
appear in different garbs at different times: RSS, its affiliates, BJP etc. He
terms it the "deep state." Everything that's wrong with Modi's
To Jaffrelot's misfortune, Varshney has a detailed interview
on page 25 with Waltern Andersen who has a new book, "The RSS: A view to the
inside" in the market. It completely debunks Jaffrelot's argument that RSS and
its affiliates are the "deep state" in
Now Varshney must not have bargained for it but the Andersen interview is a validation of RSS. All Indian Express could do was to pick a comment as headline: "A battle between Hindutva and Hinduism is coming." I will reserve dwelling on this headline in the end: I promise the irony in it would have you doubling up in uncontrollable laughter.
The interview first establishes the credentials of Andersen: the only scholar to have observed the RSS for five decades. Then Varshney rolls out the questions, which reflect his own venom:
(a) What about RSS chief MS Golwalkar and his book, "We, our nationhood defined."
Savarkar, Muslims and Christians born in
(c) What pledge pracharaks take? Can they marry? (An answer hopefully which would nail Modi, himself was a pracharak).
(d) RSS influences state and its' policies.
(e) What is RSS views on Modi's economics.
(f) RSS is committed to promotion of Hindi as language.
(g) What is RSS view on ideal Hindu women, and divorce.
(h) The RSS relationship with Muslims.
(i) How does RSS integrate lower caste? What is RSS views on Ambedkar who was anti-Hindu?