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My Convoluted Love Affair with RSSs

OK, there are two different RSSs.

One is a XML format for broadcasting headlines that is gaining momentum, and another, a voluntary organization in India that is losing momentum.

Both are formidable, and I have had a love-hate relationship with either of them.

Some stories:

I grew up as a member of RSS (1970s). I have met great men while I was at RSS -- my thinking and ideology has been shaped by my years in RSS . I must be quick to add that I am no longer a member, and the RSS of today is not the RSS that I was member of, due to their involvement in communal politics and their extreme Hindu nationalistic approach since 1990.


(Wielding the RSS Weapon ;-- ))

In 1990s I had an opportunity to dine with a senior RSS leader, who was then aligned with the VHP-BJP political ideology. I asked him how the grassroots support for RSS was, and he said -- "RSS is dead; It's all Hindutva now!" He was not articulate, but I knew what he meant, and that's how I quit RSS.

On a recent visit to India I went to a RSS branch (shakha) to take a picture for Kamat's Potpourri and felt very sad for the organization that enjoyed so much popular support during the days when I was a member -- neighbors used to bring goodies for the volunteers and the shakhas were full of energy and fun with Kabaddi, Suprabhat, Yoga, and moral education.

Anyway, on to the RSS that is hot.

Some years ago (year 2002) I gave reasons why RSS is not necessarily good and resisted providing a RSS feed.

But today I crossed over to the good side and cranked up a RSS feed for Kamat's Potpourri after a poll in Friends of Kamat group showed substantial interest.

Go ahead and subscribe:

If you do not know what this means or how to subscribe, look at the right-bottom corner of your browser. If you are using FireFox (which you should), you will see this icon: Click on it once and when "Subscribe to RSS" appears, click it again. That's it! Now you will be able to see the new contents in your Bookmarks Kamat's Potpourri

Long live RSS


(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Saturday, April 23, 2005
Last Modified: 4/23/2005 6:34:18 PM

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