NEW DELHI, September 23, 2015
RSS feels the term was undemocratically inserted in Preamble
There are signs of a departure in the political language used by the Sangh Parivar to counter “secular” parties, with key BJP and Sangh ideologues questioning secularism as a concept.
Till now, the dominant language used by Parivar bigwigs had been true secularism as against “pseudo-secularism”, which meant ‘minority appeasement’ in the garb of secularism.
At a recent conclave on secularism, sources said RSS general secretary Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi asserted that the term was ‘undemocratically’ inserted in the Preamble to the Constitution by Indira Gandhi’s Emergency regime. RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya declared that secularism was irrelevant in India.