Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh


Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
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September 27, 2015

Came across the name in an article by Haroon Siddiqui about Asghar Ali Engineer, “An Engineer stands against Hindu militants”, Toronto Star, November 15, 1998, p. A 17. Larger concern in the article in relation to the alleged intolerantly pro-Hindu policies at the time of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh described as follows:

More frightening, says Engineer, is the work of BJP’s militant front organizations, once shunned but now sanctioned:

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Self-Help Front) An all-male paramilitary organization with hundreds of thousands of young recruits in khaki shorts who do early morning drilles and play “war games in which they pretend to be defending themselves against Muslim attacks”. It is advocating the abolition of the minority rights provisions of the constitution.

Don’t know much.

Do see that there is a broader portrayal in Wikipedia (with all its challenges to editorial control) and on the organization’s website and Facebook page. Maybe the Britannica online profile is more objective.

Still, nationalist movements of any sort, religious-based or otherwise, rarely seem disassociated from intolerance towards “others”…


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