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Dattatreya Hosabale is the current General Secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since March 2021. He has been the former general secretary of the RSS student organization, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, for 15 years.
He is also the founding trustee of the India Policy Foundation; a RSS led research organization.
Established in 1925, the RSS (also known as the Sangh) has been banned three times in post-Independence India. The first ban came after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 – the organization was accused of plotting the murder of the national icon.
The RSS has been directly involved in orchestrating anti-Christian and anti-Muslim pogroms and instigating terror attacks as part of a relentless campaign to subvert India’s secular moorings and turn it into a Hindu authoritarian state where minorities are relegated to the status of second-class citizens. Its members and affiliated organizations have been implicated in countless acts of massacres, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, forced conversions and other forms of violence against religious minorities in India. RSS leaders openly declare plans of “wiping off” Christianity and Islam from India and advocate for denying Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism a separate religious identity, and insist that these religions are simply branches of Hinduism.
Hosabale has been one of the prominent supporters of love jihad, a conspiracy theory where Muslims are targeted for having interreligious relationships.
Like other RSS leaders, he also believes that Muslims are Hindus.
“In the Sangh, Hindu is a “rashtravachak” word. There is one DNA in Bharat and the name of that DNA is Hindu. Hindutva has an identity and those terming themselves secular have propagated it as communal, despite the fact that it is a diverse idea.”
Under his leadership, RSS has set a target of opening at least one shakha or unit in every Mandal, or a cluster of 10-12 villages, ahead of its 100-year celebrations in 2025.