THE COM­ING TO­GETHER OF HIN­DUS IS IT­SELF A DIF­FI­CULT THING. IN THE INI­TIAL DAYS OF OUR WORK, WHEN OUR KARYAKAR­TAS USED TO GO AND TALK TO HINDU EMINENCES ABOUT OR­GAN­IS­ING THE HIN­DUS, THEY USED TO SAY: ‘SHER KABHI JHUND MEIN NAHIN CHALTA’. BUT EVEN THAT LION

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Speak­ing at the World Hindu Con­gress in Chicago, to mark the 125th an­niver­sary of Swami Vivekanand­a’s ad­dress to the Par­lia­ment of the World’s Re­li­gions in that city in 1893, RSS chief MO­HAN

BHAG­WAT of­fered a vi­sion of Hin­dus as a self-de­feat­ing peo­ple, a peo­ple of ex­treme abil­ity, ac­com­plish­ment and wis­dom who failed to unite against com­mon en­e­mies. Who, in this metaphor though, are the wild dogs? If Bhag­wat likened the Hindu to the tiger, a pop­u­lar trope at the con­fer­ence was to liken Hindu so­ci­ety to “small soft lad­doo”.

The fu­ture vi­sion be­ing pro­pogated was that “Hindu so­ci­ety must be like a big hard lad­doo, dif­fi­cult to break.” An in­evitable col­lo­rary, though, to all the self­con­grat­u­la­tion in­side the venue were the protests out­side against “Hindu fas­cism”.

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