Taking up an aggressive line vis-à-vis China, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - the ideological mentor of the BJP - has reminded the government of Parliament's resolve in 1962 to take back areas occupied by China in the 1962 Sino-Indian border war.
"The ABPS calls upon the government to reiterate the Parliament's unanimous resolution of 1962 to get back the territory acquired by China to the last inch," said a resolution passed by the just-concluded Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the top decision-making body of the Sangh, which met at Puttur in Karnataka. It labeled the government's response to the "Chinese threat" lackluster.
It also launched a scathing attack on cheap Chinese goods available in the Indian markets. "Disallow Chinese manufacturing industry free run in our markets. Prohibit Chinese products like toys, mobiles, electronic and electrical goods etc.," the resolution said. "Illegal trade being carried out through the border passes must be curbed with iron hand."
The Sangh also mounted an attack on the prime minister and the government over rampant corruption. "The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha expresses grave concern over the endless chain of incidents of widespread corruption surfacing in the country. It is all the more shocking that the people occupying the upper echelons in the government, including the prime minister are engaged in protecting their guilty colleagues," the resolution on corruption said.
Interestingly, at a time when its political affiliate, the BJP, has been ruing that the Union Budget did not have "big ideas" in terms of reforms, the RSS has blamed corruption itself on the huge flows of money post-liberalisation. "The form and dimensions of corruption seem to have become more complex and extensive in the wake of economic liberalization," the RSS said. "Whether it is the share scandal of 1992 or the recent 2G spectrum scandal, mind Goboggling figures of money are found to be involved."