By Vasudha Venugopal

In a two day-long “Samvad satra” (dialogue sessions) with writers and academics—who have been associated with the Sangh Parivar or sympathetic to the issues it raises—RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat took stock of the way Hindutva, nationalism, cultural assertion of Hindu views, and related issues were playing out on the ground, in social media, and even outside the country.

The meetings, which took place last week, were divided into 10 sessions over two days, and around 45 people took part in them, according to three people who attended the meetings, and spoke on the condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to talk to media.

The broad themes ranged from the matters of the Sangh, its expansion, the situation in the country, and the prevalent issues that it should focus on. Ideas for marking the centenary celebrations of the RSS in 2025, the rising stature of India in the global context, apart from the ways in which India should look at globalisation and Hindutva were also discussed, the people quoted above said.

The discussions were fluid and informal, and several ideas were generated. Bhagwat listened to everyone’s views and gave his comments towards the end, the first person quoted above said…

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