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Dattatreya Hosabale replaces Bhaiyyaji Joshi as RSS General Secretary

The decision was announced during the two-day RSS annual conclave Akhil Bharatiya Prathinidhi Sabha that is currently underway in Bengaluru.

Dattatreya Hosabale replaces Bhaiyyaji Joshi as RSS General Secretary-VPN
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Bengaluru, First Published Mar 20, 2021, 12:55 PM IST
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Dattatreya Hosabale has replaced Bhaiyyaji Joshi as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's General Secretary.

Joshi had been serving as general secretary for the last 12 years.

The decision was announced during the two-day RSS annual conclave Akhil Bharatiya Prathinidhi Sabha that is currently underway in Bengaluru. Hosabale will be Sarkaryavah of RSS for the term of three years. The election to the post of Sarkaryavah takes place once in three years. 

Hosabale, who hails from Shimoga in Karnataka, comes with a great deal of experience and is deeply entrenched with the day to day activities of the RSS. He has been known to be outspoken about his views. 

Voiced his opinion once on Indian Secularism being anti-Hindu, he said that when it comes to the idea of India, there is no dispute as such; the point is that there can be a variety of ideas and each must be permitted its space. It's not necessary that they should be at loggerheads or contradictory to each other.

Who is Dattatreya Hosabale?

Popularly known as Dattaji, Dattatreya Hosabale hails from the Soraba taluk in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka. Hailing from a family of RSS activists, he joined RSS in 1968 and then the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in 1972. 

He moved to Bengaluru to pursue his college education and joined the famous National College. Later, Hosabale took to literature and obtained his masters in English Literature from Bengaluru University. 

During the 1975-77 Emergency, he was arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act.

Since his days as a student, Hosabale was active in academics and literary activities. He enjoyed proximity with almost all writers and journalists of Karnataka. Later on in his life, he became the founding editor of Aseema, a Kannada monthly.

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