RSS – India’s Hindu nationalists spread their wings far and wide

Source: DW

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is the ideological mentor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party. It is increasingly playing an influential role both inside and outside government. Murali Krishnan reports.

Indien Hindu-Nationalisten (Reuters/H. Sharma)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is a Hindu umbrella group which is the ideological inspiration for PM Modi’s rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). RSS, which presents itself as a cultural organization, advocates a Hindu nationalistic agenda under the banner of “Hindutva” or “Hinduness.”

Founded in 1925, the RSS today boasts six million active members. Most of the BJP’s leaders, including Modi, have a long history as members of the volunteer movement. The group threw its weight behind Modi ahead of his crushing 2014 election victory over Congress.

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