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NDA in Vivekananda: Delhi think tank emerges as a ‘coincidental’ recruiting centre for the new PMO

At the launch of a book co-edited by Bibek Debroy (left), dean of the Vivekananda Foundation’s Centre for Economic Studies, PM Modi stressed the role of think tanks in policymaking.(Express) At the launch of a book co-edited by Bibek Debroy (left), dean of the Vivekananda Foundation’s Centre for Economic Studies, PM Modi stressed the role of think tanks in policymaking. (Express)
Written by D K Singh | New Delhi | Posted: June 17, 2014 12:35 am | Updated: June 17, 2014 10:24 am

it stresses that it is nonpartisan, the institution did play a role in providing a platform to bring together forces who went on to launch movements against the UPA. As reported by The Indian Express in August 2012, it was at the VIF that a decision was taken to form an anti-corruption front under yoga guru Ramdev. A year earlier, the foundation together with RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya’s Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan had organised a seminar on corruption and black money attended by Ramdev, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi. At the end of the seminar, an “anti-corruption front” was formed with Ramdev as patron and Govindacharya as convener. The members included Doval and RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy.

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