Essay

Pranab’s mission with a purpose

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee (centre) stands alongside Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (second left), and other RSS leaders as they take a pledge at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on June 7. Photo: AP

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Hindu Mahasabha leaders on the occasion of a working committee meeting presided over by V.D. Savarkar in New Delhi. Savarkar, B.S. Moonje and Syama Prasad Mookerjee are seen in the front row. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

K.B. Hedgewar, founder of the RSS.

The former President of India consciously gave the RSS the respectability it has long coveted. The RSS, in return, removed his deceptive cloak and gave him a new opening.
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