Dangerous Hindutva portents : Doordarshan as RSS’s publicity agent

By Praful Bidwai

Hindutva crossed another red line in Indian politics on October 3 when the state-owned Doordarshan news channel made a live broadcast, for the first time ever, of the Vijayadashami (Dussehra) address of a Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh chief.

The speech, ritually delivered annually from Nagpur, is meant to convey to swayamsevaks the thinking of the Sangh on current issues and define the RSS’s own relationship with the Bharatiya Janata Party. It is thus an internal matter of the Sangh Parivar, patently lacking any value or relevance for the general public.