Opinion | The Bharatiya Janata Party’s search for a hero
The irony of the prime minister, who has been a member of the RSS, extolling the man who banned the Sangh after the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi should not be lost
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept at least one of the promises he had made in the run up to the 2014 parliamentary elections—of installing in Gujarat what will briefly be the world’s tallest statue, honouring one of the state’s illustrious leaders, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first home minister. It will soon be overshot by the Chhatrapati Shivaji statue coming up off the coast of Mumbai. The irony of the prime minister, who has been a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), extolling the man who banned the RSS after the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi should not be lost.
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