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Hindu group behind Modi’s rise in India opens up as elections near

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is the fountainhead of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party that believes in a Hindu-first ideology. (ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

A Hindu nationalist group behind the rise of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is opening up to critics and supporters through a first-of-its-kind outreach programme in New Delhi, preparing the ground for his re-election bid next year. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the fountainhead of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that believes in a Hindu-first ideology, provided thousands of campaigners for Modi’s landslide victory in 2014, and could help energise its cadre to fend off rising criticism of the government. A general election is due by May. A three-day lecture session the RSS started on Monday (17) in the capital – rare for a mainly male group that typically broadcasts its views from its…

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