RSS’s international wing Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh challenged throughout US – By Pieter Friedrich
“I don’t think Mr Friedrich’s here anymore – he was very vocal on Twitter,” said Troy City Mayor Ethan Baker in response to my outraged 11 October 2021 remarks about his city’s recent platforming of the Hindu Swayamesevak Sangh (HSS) – the international wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary….
Mayor Baker was responding to a coordinated effort by myself and residents of the region to draw attention to the City of Troy’s recent platforming and praising of the HSS. As I questioned in public comments at the Troy City Council: “How could you have known that the HSS – aside from its commendable nonprofit charitable work – serves as an international propaganda mouthpiece for the RSS and its genocidal Hindu nationalist agenda?”
“India is in deep trouble,” added Vijayalakshmi Nadar, Bureau Chief of The India Observer, at Troy City Council. “If ignored, it can have deadly repercussions not just for India, Asia, Europe, but the USA as well…. Attempts are on to cover up the extreme degradation of the country, and its democratic institutions under Modi, to ensure that the international community as well as the Indian diaspora in the US, keep the focus away from all that is wrong in the country….