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Virtual Event | The Ideological Origins of India’s BJP
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteers perform a salute towards the RSS flag during Shastra Puja ceremony (weapon worship) on the occasion of Vijayadashmi, on October 25, 2020, in Amritsar, India. (Getty Images)
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteers perform a salute towards the RSS flag during Shastra Puja ceremony (weapon worship) on the occasion of Vijayadashmi, on October 25, 2020, in Amritsar, India. (Getty Images)

Virtual Event | The Ideological Origins of India’s BJP

This event will premiere on this page at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Friday, March 18. Register for the event here.

Anyone seeking to understand the rise of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) must become acquainted with its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Professor Walter Andersen has spent decades researching the RSS and BJP, has extensive contacts in both organizations, and is author of books including “The RSS: A View to the Inside.” Please join Aparna Pande, director of Hudson Institute’s Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia, and Senior Fellow Eric Brown for a conversation with Walter Andersen on the influence of the RSS on India’s political environment.

Speakers

Professor Walter Andersen

Former Administrative Director, South Asian Studies Programs, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

Eric B. Brown

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Moderator

Aparna Pande

Director, Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia, Hudson Institute

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