CIA fact­book: VHP a mil­i­tant re­li­gious out­fit, RSS na­tion­al­ist

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Ro­han.Dua@ times­group.com

The CIA has in­cluded two more out­fits un­der the ti­tle — ‘Po­lit­i­cal pres­sure groups and lead­ers’. Hur­riyat has been called a sep­a­ratist out­fit

Lucknow: The Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) has clas­si­fied VHP and Ba­jrang Dal as “mil­i­tant re­li­gious out­fits” and called RSS a na­tion­al­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Apart from VHP, Ba­jrang Dal and RSS, the CIA has in­cluded two more out­fits un­der the ti­tle — ‘Po­lit­i­cal pres­sure groups and lead­ers’. While Hur­riyat has been called a sep­a­ratist out­fit and the Mah­mood Madani-led Jamiat Ulema-Hind has been listed as a re­li­gious out­fit.

The ref­er­ences have been made in the CIA fact­book on each coun­try pre­pared on June 4 this year.

The CIA re­port takes a dig at eco­nomic slow­down in 2011 dur­ing the UPA gov­ern­ment, say­ing there was a de­cline in in­vest­ment caused by high in­ter­est rates and ris­ing in­fla­tion. It, how­ever, makes an ob- ser­va­tion on how in­vestors’ perceptions have im­proved in early 2014 due to ex­pec­ta­tions of post-elec­tion eco­nomic re­forms. “Growth re­bounded in 2014 through 2016, ex­ceed­ing 7% each year,” it states.

Tak­ing a dig at bank scams, the re­port says, “De­spite high growth rate com­pared to the rest of the world, In­dia’s gov­ern­ment-owned banks faced mount­ing bad debt in 2015 and 2016, re­sult­ing in low credit growth. The econ­omy slowed in 2017 due to shocks of de­mon­e­ti­za­ton and in­tro­duc­tion of GST.”

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