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Advani featured in RSS film on Hindutva
August 16, 2006 12:17 IST
"In the 20th century, the Sangh's was the biggest movement of nation-building," he says in the film on the life of the late RSS leader Guru Golwalkar.
The film, screened to a packed auditorium in New Delhi on Tuesday evening, shows no other BJP leader as a commentator on Sangh ideology and history.
RSS leaders K C Sudarshan, who had in 2005 suggested both Vajpayee and Advani were too old to lead the BJP, and Mohan Bhagwat also appear in the video documentary as commentators.
The film, a 90-minute biography of Golwalkar, recounts what Sangh leaders call selective attacks against Hindus during the Partition and conflicts with Pakistan and China.
In his comments shown in the film, Sudarshan insists the Sangh leadership told RSS activists to defend Hindus from attacks when the subcontinent was divided into India and Pakistan. Replete with references to Hindus and Hindutva, the documentary also carries footage of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi.
In the video, directed by former BJP MP and TV actor Nitish Bhardwaj who played Lord Krishna in the serial "Mahabharat", Advani credits Golwalkar with spreading the Sangh base in the country.