The article “Who stands to gain from war hysteria?” (Sept. 21) by M.K. Bhadrakumar makes the following comment: “China concluded a memorandum of understanding with the RSS last year and senior RSS figures were hosted by Beijing.” This statement is grossly incorrect and there was no memorandum of understanding or whatsoever between the RSS and China at any time. Except some NGO to NGO informal visits in which one RSS functionary participated, there were no visits by any RSS leaders which were hosted by “Beijing,” if the writer meant by that to be the Government of China.

I am sorry that Mr. Bhadrakumar, who was introduced as a former diplomat, had such incorrect information which he used without verifying in his article.

The RSS’ position on India-China relations, whether in the context of Arunachal Pradesh or Tibet, is well-known. We consider Arunachal Pradesh an integral part of India and hold His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the highest esteem. We believe that any solution to the Tibetan question is possible only with the complete concurrence of His Holiness and his people. I would like to reiterate that there is no change in our position on that.

Ram Madhav,

Member, National Executive, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, New Delhi

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