Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 19
Germany’s Ambassador to India Walter Lindner’s exuberant outreach has landed him in a controversy after he visited the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on Wednesday. A social media storm has erupted after a tweet to this effect by the envoy.
Lindner, noticed for frequently posting photos with a cherry-red Ambassador along with his guest of the day, showed he was not unfamiliar with RSS history when he posted “visit of headquarters of RSS in Nagpur and long meeting with its chief Mohan Bhagwat. Founded 1925, it is world’s largest voluntary organisation — though not uncontroversialy (sic) perceived throughout its history”.
But the social media was unconvinced and the more radical sought his removal through an online petition that failed to reach the minimum threshold of 1,000 signatures till late in the evening.
Audrey Truschke, author and an academic at Rutgers University, Newark, found it “especially disturbing” that the German Ambassador, “of all people, helping to cover up the RSS’ extreme bigotry which was partly inspired by Nazis”.
The online plea said his visit condoned RSS’ ideological and institutional inspiration from European fascist movements.
Plea for his removal
- Walter Lindner met RSS sarsanghchalak (chief) Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur
- Many on social media sought his removal through an online plea that failed to reach the minimum threshold of 1,000 signatures
All readers are invited to post comments responsibly. Any messages with foul language or inciting hatred will be deleted. Comments with all capital letters will also be deleted. Readers are encouraged to flag the comments they feel are inappropriate. The views expressed in the Comments section are of the individuals writing the post. The Tribune does not endorse or support the views in these posts in any manner.
During debate in Punjab Assembly, tells Akalis to read 'Mein...
AAP supports resolution; SAD opposes it
Officer will continue in his post, says CM
Suspecting illicit relations, strangles her with cord
To be put up in House, conference room
Domestic violence: Ex-golfer Irina had lodged complaint agai...
Miscreants spread rumours on social media that it will hit P...
Cops were trying to arrest suspect for three months
Retaining walls on approach roads are to be constructed by c...
Commuters entering wrong lanes slow down traffic at Ladhowal...
Weapon recovered from his room in Jamalpur