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Yogi To The Marketeer

Yogi To The Marketeer

Modinomics is on a collision course with the RSS’s economic beliefs

Yogi To The Marketeer PTI

Two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled his pet programme, Make In India, at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) will sit down to discuss India’s development model with all relevant ‘stakeholders’ in Jaipur. Clearly, Make In India will be put under a magnifying glass—the spe­cial Sangh lens—even as officially the RSS extends a cautious endorsement of the proposed pro-manuacturing push.

Slated to begin on October 11, the birthday of Jan Sangh founder and RSS ideologue Nanaji Deshmukh, the two-day seminar will focus on issues like FDI, India as a manufacturing hub, GM and everything associated with the ‘swadeshi model’. Ironic, one might say, considering it was the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch that had forced the government to do a rethink on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops back in July. Again, it was the SJM that raised a hue and cry over FDI a year-and-a-half ago, organising multiple seminars under the banner ‘swa­deshi jam­awarah’ (congregations) on FDI when the UPA was in power.

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