RSS up in arms against Nitish over ‘secular PM’

Without naming Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has lambasted those averse to Hindutva.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Mon 25 Jun 2012, 10:58 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:45 AM

Blasting Kumar’s recent statement that the prime minister should have secular credentials, RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya said that such comments were being made for vote-bank politics and minority appeasement.

“What is the meaning of saying the prime minister of the country should be secular? Our Constitution makers did not give any such ‘distinguished identity’ to the prime minister’s post”, pointed out an editorial in the publication.

The magazine said efforts were being made to give the prime minister a ‘secular’ identity, adding that harmony between all sects was a distinct feature of Hindu philosophy in India.

“To treat this Hindutva as communal and to make secularism an instrument for gaining power is nothing more than politics of convenience,” said Panchajanya taking up cudgels for Kumar’s bete noire Gujarat Chef Minister Narendra Modi.

Surprisingly, an article in the same RSS mouthpiece earlier this month had criticised Modi’s style of functioning and blasted him for humiliating his one-time saffronite colleague Sanjay Joshi.

The article by former editor and Sangh ideologue Devinder Swarup said that the Sangh was unhappy with Modi for ‘ignoring senior BJP leaders’.

Swarup’s article came a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mouthpiece Kamal Sandesh had slammed party leaders like Modi, Vasundhra Raje and B S Yeddyurappa ‘who have not presented a united face in their respective states which are beset with internal party feuds.’

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