'RSS working on new aggressive brand of Hindutva'  - IAMC
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‘RSS working on new aggressive brand of Hindutva’ 

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its ancillary arms are working on a new brand of Hindutva that is aggressive in nature, and there is an urgent need to counter it, said Pune University professor Swati Dyahadroy and Ambedkarite author Bhanwar Meghwanshi. They were speaking at the session on ‘Cultural Politics of the RSS’ and its expanse in modern times at the Mumbai Collective on Saturday.…

Ms. Dyahadroy said the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, the women’s wing of the RSS, is working on building India’s own aggressive feminist movement. She said, “The women of the samiti are being taught a new brand of Indian feminism and its practices that are to be applied on a daily basis. The idea of this feminism is rooted not in the liberation of women but stree shakti [power].”

Ms. Dyahadroy added that the male identity projected by the RSS has also become more masculine over the years. “Look at how they have been projecting lord Ram with just a bow and arrow in their literature. Earlier, we saw Ram in pictures with Sita or another female figure. That has completely stopped post the Babri [Masjid] demolition, when the RSS started promoting a new aggressive brand of Hindutva.”…