July 10, 2014 12:32:03 am
Against the backdrop of foreign leaders pitching for the multibillion dollar contract for the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) with India, the Sangh Parivar has sought to caution the Narendra Modi government against purchasing the aircrafts without future transfer of technology assurances.
“A defence deal should aim at the transfer of state of the art technology and guaranteed partnership in R&D to develop next generation aircraft,” suggests RSS weekly Organiser . “Of course, the urgency of equipment needs and larger foreign policy dynamics has a role to play in defence deals, but, long term self reliance should be the ultimate objective,” the Orgraniser editorial says. It makes a specific reference to France’s efforts to secure the contract.
Warning how “the Mirage 2000 was upgraded at a staggering cost of Rs 18,000 crore during the Congress-led UPA rule”, the editorial asks whether it is “in the national interest to be in another deal where there is no technology transfer or enhancement in India’s defence capabilities.”
As expected, the Sangh Parivar has taken strong objection to the Congress-NCP government’s move to earmark a quota for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions in Maharashtra. RSS journal Panchjanya has carried a cover story declaring the move as “khota hai yeh quota” with an editorial castigating the move.
“The merchants of secularism have cheated not only Muslims but also the country through their appeasement politics,” the editorial asserts, reminding how this ploy did not yield dividends to the the Congress during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections a few years ago and also during the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.
The editorial surmises that dubbing Muslims as “backward” is an “injustice” to that section of the population which is worse off than them and cautions the alleged “practitioners of appeasement” to refrain from offering such “lollypops”. The cover story, in this context, also seeks to suggest that the Sachar Committee report had “distorted” facts to hide the truth. “This committee was staged as part of a drama where Congress had to play the Muslim reservation card,” the cover story declares.
Rattled by references to RSS leaders cropping up in the alleged Vyapam scam in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, the Sangh Parivar has sought to project this controversy as part of a scheme by the Congress to defame the Parivar.
An article in Panchjanya claims that the controversy over Vyapam is a desperate attempt to defame the RSS. “Mad over its defeat in the elections, the Congress has once again resorted to the ploy of defaming the Sangh,” the article declares, stating, however, that “conspirators will soon get exposed”.
The article equates the Vyapam controversy with the one surrounding “saffron terror”. “The Vyapam controversy has inadvertently revived memories of the mentality of those who raise the spectre of ‘saffron terror’. There are some common strands between the two. There has been more of a ‘media trial’ than investigation in both cases. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has been the target in both,” the article suggests, expressing confidence that these attempts to defame the Sangh Parivar will not succeed.
Compiled by Ravish Tiwari
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