Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Nagpur. The former president gave an insipid speech on Indian nationalism suitable for a History 101 undergraduate class. The RSS supremo, Mohan Bhagwat, spoke at length before Mukherjee’s speech, largely avoiding any controversial issues. If the event itself was anti-climactic, the goal of the RSS in inviting Mukherjee was well served. The presence of a former president and a veteran Congressman, along with prime time coverage of the graduation ceremony of RSS recruits, would have gone some way in helping to mainstream an organisation that is regarded as radical and secretive.
RSS was founded in 1925 by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, a doctor in the city of Nagpur, British India.
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