CIA factbook: VHP a militant religious outfit, RSS nationalist
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.”