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The Morning Wrap: RSS Looks For More Women To Fix Gender Skew; Vyapam Fails To Dent BJP In MP Civic Polls

Madhu, a member of Durga Vahini, the womens wing of Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or National Volunteers Association, performs a self-defense exercise with a stick on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Friday, June 18, 2004. The RSS organized a seven-day camp for self-defense training for its women cadres belonging to militancy-affected areas that ended Friday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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The RSS, which has so far kept women out of its shakhas, has of late been striving towards a gender balance. It has stepped up efforts to get more women enrolled in its affiliates and asked these to appoint women as office-bearers too.

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Manu Joseph says that "...political correctness has become despotic and stifling and in Trump and Swamy and others of their type, people find an outlet..."

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