Ram Madhav (born 22 August 1964) is an Indian politician who serves as the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1][2] He was a member of the National Executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and has authored several books. His latest is Uneasy Neighbours: India and China after Fifty Years of the War.[3][4][5]

Ram Madhav
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National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
2014
Personal details
Born (1964-08-22) 22 August 1964 (age 55)
Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Alma materUniversity of Mysore
OccupationPolitician
Websiterammadhav.in

Early lifeEdit

Madhav was born to Janaki Devi in Amalapuram in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on 22 August 1964.[6] Primarily a student of engineering, he earned his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Andhra Pradesh.[5] He has a post-graduate degree in Political Science from the University of Mysore, Karnataka.[7]

Political careerEdit

Madhav's association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh began as a teenager. He volunteered to be a full-time worker for RSS in 1981. He was assigned to several key positions in the organization.[8]

 
Ram Madhav (left) being questioned by Rajdeep Sardesai during the launch of the book "The RSS" written by Walter K. Anderson and Sridhar D. Damle in New Delhi.

He was the editor of Bharatiya Pragna, a monthly magazine in English published by Pragna Bharati,[7] and associate editor of Jagriti, a Telugu weekly.[9] He worked as a journalist for over 20 years with RSS sponsored publications and authored more than twelve books. He serves as the Director of the India Foundation, an RSS-aligned think-tank focused on the issues, challenges and opportunities of the Indian polity.[10]. He is also a mentor at Vision India Foundation, a New Delhi based think tank working on public leadership amongst youth[11][12]

He served as the national spokesperson of the RSS from 2003-2014. Madhav was seconded to the BJP and appointed as one of its national general secretaries in 2014.[8],

Political positionsEdit

Foreign policyEdit

He has called for India to take a more "proactive role in the region” in order to check China's One Belt One Road Initiative.[13] He was involved in the BJP's entry to the International Democrat Union, a worldwide grouping of right of centre political parties.[14]

ControversiesEdit

British anchor Mehdi Hasan's interviewEdit

On the talk show in Al Jazeera Head to Head anchored by Mehdi Hasan on Hindu Nationalism[15], Ram Madhav's statement on 'your' ISIS[16] to the British anchor with no apologies later, got condemnation from journalists[17]. After the show, the anchor Mehdi Hasan stated that he was being called as ISIS supporter since then by internet trolls[18].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Administrator. "National Office Bearers". bjp.org.
  2. ^ "Amit Shah: Congress will have to give ads to find candidates". IndiaToday.in. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Ram Madhav on Twitter". Twitter.
  4. ^ "Ram Madhav's new book "Uneasy Neighbours: India and China after Fifty Years of the War"". samvada.org.
  5. ^ a b "About". rammadhav.in.
  6. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/bjp-leader-ram-madhavs-mother-passes-away/articleshow/64190697.cms
  7. ^ a b "The Pracharak Is Going Places". outlookindia.com. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "RSS leader Ram Madhav to join BJP". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Ram Madhav is emerging as BJP's firefighter". SundayGuardianLive. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  10. ^ "President for RSS think-tank meet". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Team". 19 December 2014.
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec6PuYkOM8k
  13. ^ "India needs to focus eastward: Ram Madhav". The Hindu. 17 January 2018. The BJP leader also called for support for India’s “proactive role in the region”, saying New Delhi would not be a “spectator” as China pushed its Belt and Road initiative forward. He called the project a “Neo-Marshall plan” in a veiled reference to the carving up of post-war Europe as akin to Chinese infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa.
  14. ^ https://www.livemint.com/Politics/88H4qUDAvAoNMjeyladNdL/BJP-joins-International-Democratic-Union.html
  15. ^ Jazeera, Al (7 June 2016). "Transcript: Ram Madhav on Hindu nationalism". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  16. ^ Staff, FP (28 December 2015). "We'll worry about Kashmir, you worry about 'your' ISIS: BJP's Ram Madhav tells Al Jazeera journo". Firstpost. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  17. ^ Singh, Sarabjeet (2 January 2016). "Why I think Mehdi Hasan's interview with Ram Madhav was flirting with bias". DailyO. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  18. ^ Web Desk, Express (28 December 2015). "After Ram Madhav interview, talk show host writes: 'Hindu nationalist trolls' tried to paint me as ISIS supporter". The Indian Express. Retrieved 9 January 2020.

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