RSS Meet: A Provocation

RSS Meet: A Provocation
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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) will hold its annual review meeting for the first time in Jammu in July, “to send out a message to pro-freedom people of Kashmir.” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP president Amit Shah and leaders from VHP will attend the three-day meeting which is scheduled from July 18-20.“The time and place of meeting was decided to send out a clear message to separatists in the Kashmir valley that the region is integral part of India and the Sangh is committed to its unity,” according to newspaper reports. It may be germane to point out here briefly the nature of the RSS: the party is a far right Hindu nationalist group which traces its genesis to the initial decades of the 20th century. One of its supreme leaders was M S Golwalkar who was an unabashed proponent of transforming India into a Hindu Rashtra.  The RSS is a component of the Sangh Parivar as is the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP). By holding a conclave or review meeting in Jammu, the RSS is essentially cocking a snook at the people of Kashmir. And given that it belongs to the Sangh Parivar whose Idea of India corresponds to the political philosophy of Hindutva, that is, political Hinduism, whose manifestation is the BJP in power,  the venue of the review meeting is supremely political- provocatively so. It may be inferred , by way of a metaphor, that the RSS is poking the people of Kashmir in the eye , especially given that one of its components is in power. The reference here is to the BJP.  What will be the consequences of the review meeting on Kashmir?  There will, in all likelihood, be a reaction in Kashmir given that Kashmir forms the centre in the political imaginary of the Sangh Parivar, on the one hand. On the other, Kashmiris will not take the conclave lightly, especially in light of the fact that one catalytic spur or one factor of Kashmiris’ overall contestation and contention of various narratives and the political dispensation flowing from it.  Essentially, then the RSS , by holding the review meeting , is playing a power and power-political game. If, from a broader and larger perspective, this will be the name of the game, so to speak, then not only Kashmir but perhaps even the entire subcontinent , might be, as Lance Pritchett has, in a different permutation , combination and context, termed deep uncertainty with different horizons.

One Response to "RSS Meet: A Provocation"

  1. G. Din   May 20, 2017 at 12:43 am

    So be it! The time to stand up and be counted is here!


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