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The Pracharak Is Going Places

The Pracharak Is Going Places

Be it arranging NRI hurrahs or a smooth BJP-Sangh interface, the PM’s go-to man is the RSS’s Ram Madhav. Where does he go from here?

The Pracharak Is Going Places Sanjay Rawat

Aaa Ante Amalapuram

  • Born in Amalapuram in East Godavari district (erstwhile AP) to Brahmin parents, both Jan Sangh workers with strong RSS links
  • Name ‘Ram Madhav’ is a portmanteau of the first and second RSS sarsangchalaks, Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar
  • Educated in political science at the University of Mysore; was RSS baudhik pramukh in Andhra in charge of the monthly journal Bharatiya Pragna
  • An ever-smiling visage and reasonable English speaking skills propelled his rise in the RSS as a youthful and energetic spokesperson on TV
  • Deputed from RSS to the BJP in July 2014, made party general secretary in August; RSS buffer among the big four: Modi, Rajnath, Jaitley and Sushma
  • As director of India Foundation, headed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son, networked with like-minded thinktanks in Israel, Russian republics, Sri Lanka
  • Has strong views on Islamic terror in Burma and Sri Lanka; in a 2014 book, suggests India and China “remain fierce competitors”
  • Key networker, got the NRI crowds at Modi’s rockstar appearances in NY and Sydney. London next.
  • Defended RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat when he said rape happens mainly in urban India, not in rural Bharat

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The importance of being Ram Madhav, jokes a BJP leader, lies in his proximity to both ‘M’ and ‘D-company’. While M has for ages stood for the fictional head of the British Secret Service in Ian Fleming’s thrillers, in India the letter now stands for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And though ‘D-company’ has always had a negative connotation in Mumbai, in the macabre world of Lutyens’ Delhi politics, the phrase has come to be associated in 2014 with the father-son duo of natio­nal security advisor Ajit K. Doval and his son Shaurya Doval.

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