United against corruption: Hazare, Ramdev, Swayamsevaks?

Located at a prime location in Chanakyapuri is where the who’s who of former bureaucracy, newsmakers and Hindutva hardliners make headlines. It was in April 2011 that the Vivekananda International Foundation together with RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya’s Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan, organised a seminar on corruption and black money attended by both Ramdev and Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi. The seminar ended with Ramdev deciding to declare “an all-out war on corruption,” and Anna Hazare sat on his first fast in the next few days. With strong RSS links and Swayamsevaks, the seminars it holds are attended by bureaucrats even from the PMO. The Foundation’s director is Ajit Doval, a former Intelligence Bureau director, who feels that corruption is draining India and strong action needs to be taken against it.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 3

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