Dr Rakesh Sinha (for Info only, not official)

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    ... There has been an interesting development in Indian politics since the 2014 general election. The Narendra Modi government and Hindutva have been increasingly opposed more by a non-party formulation, known as left-liberals, than Opposition parties. On issues like cow vigilantism, demonetisation or even the Gujarat elections, one can see their eagerness to polarise people on an anti-RSS and anti-Modi agenda. The term left-liberal is not new but it is more in vogue now. Besides, its meaning and constituents have undergone a significant change. Moreover, it has acquired a distinct image and social base different from the conventional political-ideological Left comprising the socialists and communists. While left-liberals operate outside the realm of left parties, they are not opposed to each other. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 11, 2017, 1:13 a.m.

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    ...However, it is nothing more than another unreasonably polemical expression of anti-RSSism as it remains unsubstantiated by evidence of discriminatory practices. The RSS is not a new entity whose ideological tenets are unknown nor has the BJP assumed power in the country for the first time in 2014. Its predecessor, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), was instrumental in the formation of non -Congress governments in half a dozen provinces along with Ram Manohar Lohia’s socialists and also the Communist Party of India (CPI) in 1967. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 18, 2017, 12:04 a.m.

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    ... The BJP has formed a three-member committee — consisting of senior cabinet ministers, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu — to examine the possibility of a consensus candidate for the President of India. This marks a moral victory for the ruling party against forces in the Opposition, which include political parties and the predominantly “left- liberal” intelligentsia. Their quest for a presidential nominee is not based on the moral significance of this august office, but rather, on vendetta politics. It is no secret that they see the presidential election as an opportunity to “fix” both Narendra Modi and Hindutva politics. No one knows who the next President will be, but the likelihood of a contest based on entrenched positions certainly undermines the prestige of Rashtrapati Bhavan. ...

    Indian Express on June 16, 2017, midnight

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    ...PTI Photo(PTI6_9_2017_000165B) Bhopal: Farmers torch vehicles during a protest in Phanda near Bhopal on Friday. The situation in the state remained tense after a couple of days of Mandsaur incident where five farmers were killed in police firing. PTI Photo(PTI6_9_2017_000165B) The recent farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh is indicative of the unaddressed distress and pain of Indian farmers since the 1960s. Like other peasants agitations in the past, this agitation too has been politicized by parties who claim themselves as champions of farmers interests. Certainly, no political party has any definite agenda. But especially the Congress party, which was at the forefront of accusations against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for allowing the unfortunate violence and 5 farmer deaths to take place, forgets its own history. ...

    Indian Express on June 12, 2017, 8:03 a.m.

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    ...Bhagwat’s statement also unmasks those who deliberately used Alwar or Akhlaq to defame the Sangh Parivar. When people are arrested for their connection to the Indian Mujahideen/al Qaeda/IS, a set of intellectuals clamour that terrorists have no religion, no text, no ideology. But they don’t even pause before relating so-called cow vigilantes with an ideology, organisation and religion. Since its inception, the RSS has never been a votary of a reactionary mentality. M.S. Golwalkar, its second chief, once narrated : A Hindu leader was asked to support the ban on cow slaughter. He argued that there was no use in preventing the slaughter of useless cows and added, “ But, since the Muslims are bent upon cow slaughter, we should make this an issue.” Golwakar wrote: “What does this show? ...

    Indian Express on April 22, 2017, 12:21 a.m.

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    ...Those who considered the RSS the enemy of “secularism and nationalism” no longer hold state power. However, they still hold the dominant position in academia. In the past, the annihilation of dominant political regimes, whether in the former Soviet Union, Britain, France or in Latin America, was preceded by the assertion of intellectual hegemony. However, the situation in India is different. While the RSS dominates India’s politics, its domination in the country’s intellectual discourse is awaited. The only change is that forces whose secular discourse required the exclusion of the RSS now realise that the presence of the organisation is necessary. Anti-RSSism is not a monolith. The organisation’s critics can be divided into three broad categories. ...

    Indian Express on March 24, 2017, 12:26 a.m.

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    ...The magnitude of the public discourse on the question is so powerful that the individual Muslim fails to judge things as an Indian citizen and a voter. Unable to come out of religious-community identity, she/he loses the value of his/her vote to the oligarchy of the community — the ulema and politico-religious organisations. It also leads to what many consider a myth: Muslims voting en bloc. This phenomenon has also infected other sub-identities and the political class of the country deserves the (dis)credit for the degeneration of our system into a dysfunctional democracy. There has been “research” which disproves Muslim en bloc voting. But it is unlikely to be digested as practical experience negates such theories construed through preconceived hypotheses. The voting pattern is related to objective and subjective conditions affecting Muslim psychology over the years. Muslim masses have been deprived of the subjective conditions which could have led to secularistion and democratisation in post-Independent India. ...

    Indian Express on March 8, 2017, 12:32 a.m.

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    ... The recently held Jaipur Literature Festival stirred up a controversy as a result of its organisers’ decision to invite two RSS functionaries. For many, this was unexpected and undesirable, while for others, it was just an unusual happening. This demonstrates that the exclusion of the RSS from intellectual discourse is considered legitimate and moral by the hegemonic class of intellectuals — predominantly Marxists and Nehruvians. Such exclusion was based on the presumption that the RSS represents majoritarian communalism and “fascism”, and therefore, the only discussion needed is on how to combat it. Interestingly, despite the close interdependence of intellectual streams, such suppression did not work in politics. There is no political force, Right or Left, in Indian politics which has not allied with the RSS via its political fraternity — the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ...

    Indian Express on Feb. 4, 2017, 12:17 a.m.