How to create a community of like-minded people – LK Advani
A week ago, a group of well-known thinkers and intellectuals from the RSS-affiliated Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were on the road to the US to address a gathering of American conservatives, the National Press Club.
The occasion was an event called “The Righteous Mind: The Science of the Righteous,” which is a series of talks hosted by the organization to address questions and concerns raised by conservatives.
One of the speakers was LK A. Advani, founder and chief ideologue of the RSS and a well-liked figure among the US public.
He was the founder of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and was an advocate of the Hindu nationalist ideology, which is vehemently opposed by the Indian establishment and the United States.
Advans Indian roots In his speech, he said that it is the duty of all Indians to stand together in defence of the rights of minorities and the right to self-determination of Indians.
He added that the idea of India as a “Hindu nation” and the idea that the country is a land of “Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Sikhs” is “absurd.”
“The idea of ‘Hindi Nation’ is absurd,” he said.
The AIADMK is a major Hindu nationalist party, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtrija Samiti.
It has been one of the main political forces in the country for decades.
Advanji also took time to praise RSS founder LK Adityanath, who is a former RSS leader and a member of the Congress party.
“There is a common understanding between me and LK.
We have a common vision and our vision is the same.
I have never seen a leader who is more dedicated to the ideology of RSS than LK,” Advani said.
He said he was happy to hear that Adityamath had endorsed Advani’s views.
“LK is the only leader in the RSS who has said that the RSS is a Hindu nation and not a Hindu organization.
I am glad that LK has also endorsed my views,” he added.
The Congress party is a part of the BJP, which has been in power in India for decades and has been accused of being anti-Hindu.
The Rashtriyas political wing, the All-India Anna Dham, is a rival to the Congress.
“All these things are what make the RSS so powerful and they are the reason why the RSS has been able to maintain its power in the last 20 years.
All these things make LK very powerful,” Advan said.
His views were also echoed by former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who has called Advani a “reformist”.
He had also spoken about the “very deep” ties between the RSS in India and the BJP in the past.
But the RSS chief did not take the opportunity to attack the Congress or any other party.
When asked by a reporter about his comments, Advani denied having any political agenda or views.
“I have never made any statement against any party or any political party.
It is all politics,” he told reporters.
“What I have said is very simple: I have seen in the media that people say things like, ‘LK Advan is a reformist.’
I have always said that I have a very different vision from what these people are saying,” he claimed.
The RSS chief was asked about Advanis views on homosexuality.
He did not directly respond to the question but said that he had spoken to Advani on the issue of gay rights.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also raised issues of homosexuality in the public domain, and has called for the arrest of Advani for his alleged homosexuality.
In a video, AAP’s state president Manish Sisodia had said that there was no gay lobby in the party.
A party spokesperson said that Sisotia was talking about “his views” on homosexuality and not about his personal beliefs.
“If he wants to express his personal views on this issue, he can,” the spokesperson said.
“But we cannot allow people to speak on personal matters,” he concluded.
A senior Congress leader who has met Advani told The Hindu that there were “very big issues” with the RSS that needed to be addressed by the party’s leaders.
“A lot of RSS members are not ready to discuss this issue.
The party is not ready for this discussion,” the Congress leader said.
A person familiar with the meeting told The Indian Express that the leaders of the party were asked to address the issue, but they had declined.
“I don’t think there was any agenda in the meeting to discuss the issues raised by the AAP.
I don’t believe this meeting has any agenda,” the person said.
When The Hindu approached