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Dharma, Hinduness, rashtra — a glossary on Hindutva-Hinduism debate & what it means for RSS

New Delhi: Detractors who term ‘Hindutva’ an aggressive and political ideology have again kicked off a debate over ‘Hinduism vs Hindutva’ and ‘soft vs hard Hindutva’.  Here is a glossary of some of the most commonly used terms in this debate and what they mean for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and others who have no qualms about being ardent votaries of ‘Hindutva’. Hindutva, 'Hinduness' and Hinduism Hindutva is the manifestation of the 'bharatiya (Indian)' way of life, which has been based on ‘Sanātana Dharma (eternal way of life)'. The English translation of the word ‘Hindutva’ would be ‘Hinduness’, or the essence of the Hindu religion.  The word ‘Hinduism’ has a meaning similar to ‘Hindutva’, but since ‘-ism’ represents a dogma or codified belief — such as ‘capitalism’ and ‘socialism’ — the word ‘Hindutva’ or ‘Hinduness’ should preferably be used to denote the 'bharatiya' way of life. Hindutva is more of a cultural framework...
Employees operate sewing machines at a garment factory in Kolkata | Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Not swadeshi, samarthya is the answer to India’s economic nationalism

Swadeshi has found a new wind in Indian politics as a form of popular resistance to China. But raising barriers to Chinese imports only affects those lower down the income pyramid.
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5 months since Amit Shah’s ‘Made in India’ push, CAPF canteens yet to go full swadeshi 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced that CAPF canteens will only sell swadeshi goods amid a push by Modi government to make India self-reliant.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is to speak for an hour and then field questions from foreign media personnel. | Photo: PTI

How RSS is planning to help migrants find jobs in villages & towns, focus to be on swadeshi

RSS is focussing on key areas such as agriculture, cows, Ayurveda and other allied fields to create job opportunities for migrant workers who returned from cities.
BJP MPs who are implementing PM Modi's call to be 'vocal for local' | Image: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Kulhads, rakhis, room fresheners — how BJP MPs are implementing PM’s ‘vocal for local’ call

BJP MPs have begun encouraging the manufacture of ‘swadeshi’ goods as an alternative to Chinese products amid LAC tensions.
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Order junking made in India products from CAPF canteens withdrawn, issuing officer removed

The order was withdrawn as it was ‘issued without any consultation with seniors’. A new order will be issued with a fresh list of products.
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Over 1,000 items by Dabur, Jaguar, Nestle junked from CAPF canteens for not being swadeshi

The MHA announced in May that all CPCs and CAPF canteens will only sell indigenous or 'swadeshi' products in a bid to boost domestic industries.
Despite global economic tensions, India set to witness continuous economic growth | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why R Jagannathan wants Gandhian economic model, Arvind Panagariya says trade will recover

Today's political, economic & strategic punditry from Uday Balakrishnan, Satish Deshpande, Rajeev Bhargava & more.
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Make ‘swadeshi’ uniforms and food items a must in schools, RSS affiliate tells Modi govt

Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas also suggests changes to National Education Policy for a post-pandemic world, calls for India to become 'powerful exporter'.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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