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7 Oct, 2014

RSS-BJP: Unmaking the Indian Republic – Hindustan Times

….the moment our prime minister returned to India having “conquered” the US, inviting them to invest in India — “Make in India” — US President Barack Obama in his weekly radio address to the nation said that “it was America and not India or China that was the most attractive investment destination in the world”! Whose trumpet is being blown, Mr Prime Minister?

However, our prime minister borrowed Obama’s practice of regular radio broadcasts to the nation. Upon return, he began this on October 3. ‘Officially’ this address was supposedly to mark Gandhi Jayanti. But October 3 was also Vijaya Dashami. The RSS, since its foundation, has always hoisted the saffron flag on Vijaya Dashami with the annual RSS sarsanghchalak’s address. Not to annoy the RSS, lest the PM is seen as also donning the mantle of the RSS chief, the country’s ‘autonomous’ Prasar Bharati shamelessly obliged to nationally telecast the RSS chief’s Vijaya Dashami address. Facile justifications notwithstanding, it is clear that the national broadcaster is now reduced to being the propaganda arm of the RSS/BJP.

Read the rest: RSS-BJP: Unmaking the Indian Republic – Hindustan Times.