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In Praise of RSS

the day; I shall miss walking with him over the Sussex downs in spring weather or even with a slight drizzle blurring the view; I shall miss arguing with him in a Tottenham Court Road cafe on the degree and kind of state intervention needed to boost industrial growth in India. I will never again have him pottering around in our rented flat in the slippers the airlines sometimes supply, so as In Praise of RSS P R Ram AT a meeting held at Talkotra Stadium in Delhi on Sunday July 14 to pay tributes to the ex-RSS chief Deoras, Atal Behari Vajpayee, ex-PM reiterated that the present PM, Deve Gowda, had praised the RSS. Earlier during the Lok Sabha dabate(May 27) while concluding the resolution, seeking the trust of the house, Atal Behari Vajpayee went on to eulogise his 'training school', the RSS. In the course of his speech he quoted the remarks of Deve Gowda, about the RSS, which were apparently laudatory to the RSS. These remarks from a speech made by the 'then' incoming PM shook the house. We presume for the moment that Vajpayee correctly quoted from the speech and Deve Gowda might well have said what was being quoted in his name. What does this lead us to understand? Is Gowda really appreciative of the role of RSS in its entirety or was he referring to its role only during the emergency? Does Deve Gowda think that RSS is an organisation only engaged in 'democratic' struggles, like the one against emergency, and in social, work amongst the tribals? This episode just goes to show that the image which the RSS projects of itself, is related to only its marginal activities while it underplays the 'core' of its work, and the consequences which follow from the 'core activity.' It is to the 'credit' of RSS that despite being engaged in the propagation of an 'authoritarian' model of society, it is able to project itself as an organisation working for democracy. It is to the 'crodit' of RSS that despite spreading an ideology which is against the interests of most deprived sections of society, it is able to project its 'missionary' image. It is to the 'credit' of RSS that despite being at the root of communalisation of society, most of the communal violence in not to soil the floor. Above all, I will miss meeting ever again one of the most civilised human beings I have known in my life. The only consolation I can think of is that Pramit had his wife, his son and his daughter, and their two granddaughters around him in his last moments, and that he must have known that there would be scores of persons all over the world for whom that world would appear poorer when he is gone.

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