As the India Today Conclave 2016 stands to be the platform for the high and mighty to voice their views, the Joint General Secretary of Hindutva outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Dattatreya Hosabale too would be addressing the gathering.
Hosabale would be speaking on one of the most contentious issues that have dogged the RSS as well as its detractors for a very long time. Against the context of accusations of being a divisive organisation by the Congress and the Left, Hosabale would be speaking on whether Hindutva has come to unite or divide the people of India in an atmosphere wherein such issues as nationalism have come to fore in the aftermath of the JNU row.
Considered as the chief proponent as well as purveyor of the ideology of Hindutva and cultural nationalism within its ambit, the RSS has emerged as one of the most powerful organisations all the more as its political front – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – has come to power at the Centre with what the Opposition calls a brute majority.
One of the most prominent faces of the RSS, Dattatreya Hosabale is officially Joint General Secretary of the Sangh. Within a short span of time, he’s climbed the ladder of popularity and is held in high esteem by most senior leaders of BJP including current PM Narendra Modi. A post-graduate in English Literature, he’s a protege of HV Seshadri, former Sar Karyavah of the RSS.
The discussion is expected to be full of excitement as it would come up in the backdrop of the ongoing meeting of RSS’ highest decision-making body which by then would have made some consequential decisions.