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In Rajasthan, Meenas resist RSS’s co-option of their culture

MLA Ramkesh Meena has categorically stated that the Adivasis are not Hindus, that they are nature worshippers and have their own religion, and saffron ideology and traditions should not be foisted on them. His assertion has antagonized the RSS, whose attempt to occupy the Amagarh Fort seems to have been foiled for now, writes Bhanwar Meghwanshi

An ancient fort called Amagarh (Ambagarh), revered by the Meena tribal community, sits atop a hillock in the Ghat Gate locality of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The fort houses the temple of Ambaji, the tutelary deity of the Meenas of Nadhla gotra. What some people did there in the name of Hindutva has led to a confrontation between Adivasis and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

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About The Author

Bhanwar Meghwanshi

Author, journalist and socio-cultural activist Bhanwar Meghwanshi is the editor of Shunyakal.com. His autobiography ‘Main ek Karsewak tha' is about his early days as a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker and how he left the organization and became its staunch critic. The English translation of the book was published recently under the title ‘I Could not be Hindu’.

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