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A file photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

RSS calls off shakhas, Mohan Bhagwat says need to make social distancing a success

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has called on volunteers to respect social-distancing norms even while aiding the government in relief work. 
Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

RSS gets ready to fight coronavirus with awareness campaign, masks, soaps & food packets

RSS has asked around 70,000 of its daily units and over three dozen affiliates to prioritise the fight against coronavirus.
A file photo of the banks of River Saryu in Ayodhya

Amid coronavirus scare, Yogi govt cancels Ram Navami festival in Ayodhya

The VHP has asked devotees to celebrate at home by hoisting saffron flag atop houses & by chanting 13-letter vijay maha mantra to inspire others.
Ashwani Mahajan

Like Donald Trump, RSS affiliate too wants COVID-19 to be renamed ‘China virus’

RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch’s co-convener Ashwini Mahajan lashed out at China, saying it has spread the coronavirus through unethical means.
Swami Vivekananda | Commons

RSS mouthpiece turns to Swami Vivekananda’s Calcutta ‘Plague Manifesto’ to fight COVID-19

Two editorials, published in RSS mouthpiece Organiser, quotes Swami Vivekananda’s ‘Plague Manifesto’, which gave guidelines for people to follow during the outbreak.
Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha | Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Facebook page

RSS suspends annual top policy-making body meeting amid coronavirus outbreak

RSS General secy. Suresh 'Bhaiyyaji' Joshi said the annual meeting in Bengaluru has been suspended in view of the 'seriousness of Covid-19 spread'
RSS members in a gathering

Why covering RSS top decision-making body’s annual meeting is a nightmare for journalists

Journalists gather every year in those places where the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the RSS’ highest decision-making body, meets for three days in March.
Passengers use smartphones at Mumbai Central railway station | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

‘Hate speech continues on social media’: Ex-RSS ideologue moves HC against Facebook, Twitter

A Delhi HC bench has issued notices to the Indian subsidiaries of Google, Facebook and Twitter on K.N. Govindacharya’s plea.
WhatsApp group admins change posting rights ahead of Ayodhya verdict

The opposition in India has a ‘distribution’ problem

It doesn’t matter what the opposition says, because voters don’t get to know their ideas anyway.
File photo Milind Soman | Facebook

My memories of being in RSS shakha are very different: Milind Soman

In his memoir, Made in India, Milind Soman writes about how being part of the RSS shakha at young age was like being in a ‘desi Scouts’ movement.

On Camera

Migrant workers go home on NH2 highway | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In Covid-19 pandemic, Modi govt focussed more on headline management than crisis management

One week into coronavirus lockdown it is clear that thinking and planning began after PM Modi’s momentous decision. And PR has overridden governance.

Jails give Covid-19 parole: Can overstretched govt track prisoners’ movement and behaviour?

Prisons across India have begun to release inmates on parole after the Supreme Court directed to decongest jails to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Defence

A Pakistan Air Force F-86 Sabre in the Gunsight of an Indian Air Force MiG-21 in the 1965 war. | Photo: Author's collection

‘For just a bloody cannon’: How a MiG-21 nearly took down a PAF Sabre on debut for IAF in 1965

The story of the debut of IAF’s MiG-21 in the 1965 India-Pakistan war and its memorable encounter with Pakistan Air Force's Sabres on 4 September.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.