RSS chief (Sarsanghachalak) Mohan Bhagwat launches book on urban naxals, scholars chart out various threats they pose
The communication and publication wing of Rashtriya Swayan Sewak Sangh (RSS) — Vishwa Samvad Kendra (VSK) has launched a book titled ‘Kaun Hain Urban Naxals’. It has a collection of articles by various scholars, filmmakers, and journalists on urban naxals.
It is a part of a set of three books released by the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagaur, Rajasthan. Kshetra sanghchalak Dr Bhagwati Prasad was also present on the occasion.
The book comprises 15 articles by various authors on subjects like the urban form of naxalism, sleeping cells of naxalism, dangerous intents of urban naxals, dangerous alliance, high profile supporters of naxalism, urban naxals not above the law, growth of naxalism in JNU, and Bharat tere tukde honge, among others. It also has a piece on Swami Agnivesh titled — Urban Naxali Agnivesh.
The writers include film-maker Vivek Agnihotri, scholar Makarand Paranjpe, Ashish Kumar Anshu, Hitesh Shankar, Varsha Saini, Anjani Jha, Dr Neelam Mahendra, and Manu Tripathi, among others.
According to an RSS functionary, “Today, urban naxals are the biggest threat to the country and they need to called out and exposed by the society. Scholars and intellectuals are coming forth to support this endeavour.”
Speaking to DNA, the author of the article ‘Sleeping Cells of Naxalism’ — Ajay Setia — said; “The threat has been there since the times of UPA. Home department reports show this. Even former PM Manmohan Singh had said that the biggest threat to this country is naxalism. But today, it has reached a stage where one needs to come forward and write about it to make people aware.”
The book on urban naxals assumes significance as it is released at a time when there is a huge controversy over the arrest of liberals in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case and subsequent social media outrage.
The other books in the set are on Hedgewar and Gora-Badal. Gora-Badal were the trusted warriors of queen Padmini of Chittorgarh. The Rajput community of Rajasthan had been upset with the film Padmaavat made on the life of the valiant queen while several eminent scholars had run down the outrage and called the queen a fictitious character. The ire had proved damaging for the BJP in the by polls held at the beginning of this year.