Dattatreya Hosabale has been elected as Sar-karyawah or General Secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), one of the largest Hindu militant organisations in the country.
65 year old Hosabale, who was elected at the RSS’s triennial Pratinidhi Sabha at Bengaluru on Saturday, replaces Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi.
Hosabale was until now the Sah-Sarakaryavah (Joint General Secretary) of the RSS.
He was also the organising secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of RSS, nearly 12 years.
Joined RSS in 1968, the new Hindutva leader was considered very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In RSS, Sar-karyavah is the one who is in charge of the organisation’s day-to-day activities.
He is a post graduate in English literature from Mysuru University.
Hosabale became one of the few persons from Karnataka to be part of the RSS top brass after president K S Sudarshan who passed away in 2012.
Since the formation of the country, especially Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist politician became prime minister of India in May 2014, Many groups of radical Hindu nationalists have been terrorising religious minorities specially Muslims across the country.
The attacks, say data and reports, are being orchestrated by radical groups affiliated to Hindu nationalist and political pressure group: the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).