Radhika Ramaseshan reports in The Telegraph, Calcutta, on the editorial movements in the mouthpieces of the sangh parivar:
“Ostensibly unconnected to Narendra Modi‘s [re-election and elevation to the BJP parliamentary board] was the recent exit of the editors of the Sangh’s Hindi and English weeklies, Panchjanya and Organiser, Baldev Sharma and R. Balashankar.
“When contacted, Balashankar refused to comment on his departure. But sources said a senior RSS pracharak was “unhappy” with the Modi splashes in the two weeklies. For instance, the BJP was muted about Modi’s December election win but the RSS publications had celebrated it.
“We do not exercise editorial control. More often than not we don’t know what’s going into the publications,” Sangh publicity chief Manmohan Vaidya said. But sources said Vaidya, whose run-ins with Modi had cost him the job of a Sangh state propagandist in Gujarat years ago, had an ‘axe to grind’.”
Read the full story: Sangh pinpricks at Modi
Indian prime minister hopeful, L.K. Advani, prides himself as a former journalist, having worked at the journal Organiser, published by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), where for seven years he wrote film reviews.
Former Mid-Day editor Aakar Patel uses Advani’s memoirs My country, My life to assess the man credited with the “when-asked-to-bend, the-Indian-media-crawled” quote during the Emergency years.
“His writing is lazy and he leans on clichés and stock phrases. He describes a criminal as “dreaded gangster”. He uses too many adjectives and likes hyperbole. He calls Indira Gandhi’s Emergency the “darkest period in Indian history”, but then reports its years wrong in three places (pages 259, 266 and 270).
“I edited newspapers for 10 years and I can place Advani as a journalist immediately. He would not have risen beyond middle rank.”
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