Servile Sangh

Print edition : August 21, 2015

Madhukar Dattareya Deoras, also known as Balasaheb Deoras, was RSS chief from 1973 to 1994. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Morarji Desai (left) with Jayaprakash Narayan and L.K. Advani in January 1977. Advani has made it clear that the BJP never broke with its Jana Sangh past notwithstanding the 1977 merger with the Janata Party. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with Vinoba Bhave at his Pusa Ashram in Bihar in September 1966. Deoras pleaded with Bhave to impress on the Prime Minister that the jailed RSS volunteers should be freed. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Madhu Limaye, as Janata Party general secretary, noticed the Jana Sangh's duplicitous role and opposed dual membership in order to thwart RSS designs. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Letters written by RSS leaders to the Prime Minister seeking release from jail during the Emergency reveal the opportunistic side of the Sangh, ready to make compromises to stay on the right side of power.
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