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Mohan Bhagwat's overture to Muslims

Bhagwat's plea for social harmony tries to repackage the Hindutva project as accommodative and tolerant of minorities

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Mohan Bhagwat | Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh | Muslims

Bharat Bhushan 



Bharat Bhushan

On the same day that (RSS) Chief visited the office and a madrasa run by a self-styled 'leader' of Muslim clerics, five prominent Muslims, made public that they too had held a meeting with him a month earlier. Was serious about doing a makeover of RSS's anti-minority image? Or should one look beyond the media distraction at another event that occurred nearly simultaneously on September 22? Within hours of Bhagwat's visit, coordinated raids on the allegedly radical Islamist outfit, the Popular Front of India (PFI), were carried out by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Did the RSS Chief's actions have anything to do with a realisation that unreformed Hindutva could radicalise Muslim youth to a point where they could constitute a real threat to its proponents?

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First Published: Mon, September 26 2022. 10:00 IST

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