Remembering Vivekananda

Panchjanya has a series of articles commemorating Vivekananda's anniversary. It has also published an article by late author Ramdhari Singh "Dinkar", declaring Vivekananda the "father of cultural nationalism". Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, in another article, seeks to legitimise the parivar's version of Hindu India saying that Vivekananda "fervently believed in the Hindu identity of India, which today we call Hindutva". In this context, a report about the RSS youth camp addressed by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat quotes Swami Gitananda of Ramakrishna Math on how, in the last 50 years, "even the political elements" have realised Vivekananda would become a "vote-catcher" for them. Of course, the article does not mention the Swami Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra undertaken by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi just ahead of the assembly election late last year.


The Organiser has found space for VHP leader Pravin Togadia, who has attacked the "weak" UPA government for "sacrificing Bharat's safety and self-respect", given the Pakistan army's brutality against the two Indian soldiers killed along the LoC. Togadia demands that the "Indian government at least now should severe all ties with Pakistan, get the armed forces consolidated and attack Pakistan to regain all our lost territories."


Both weeklies have carried an article detailing the creation of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari. The emphasis of both articles is on the role of the RSS in immortalising the site by getting a magnificent memorial built at the location. For this purpose, the articles highlight the role of RSS functionary Eknath Ranade's role in getting it done.

Compiled by Ravish Tiwari

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