The magazines refer him as ‘Pranab Da‘ at several places, a moniker earlier common among his associates in Congress. ‘Organiser’ has taken a joint photograph of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Mukherjee on its cover page with a caption – ‘Culture of Confluence’. It has taken an edit and story in inside pages as well.
‘Panchajanya’ has dedicated an edit by Mumbai-based author Ratan Sharda and called Mukherjee’s visit “a win for plurality, the ethos that Hinduism promotes”.
In ‘Organiser’, the edit, written by Prafulla Ketkar, says RSS knew his “life-long association, still it chose to invite him for the function”.
“Despite all attempts to malign and suppress the ‘Bharatiya’ point of view of addressing the national challenges, the torch-bearer of that view point in RSS grown in length, breadth and depth… The social acceptance of this natural self of Bharat further gets strengthened with presence and encouragement from experienced and scholarly public figure like Dr Mukherjee. His visit to Nagpur has certainly paved the way for regenerating the eternal springs of our national life as mentioned by Sri Guruji Golwalkar.”
‘Ex-prez message is more national than political’
The edit says it factors in the amount of pressure Mukherjee had to face from all quarters, including Congress and the Communists, and yet he “graciously accepted the invitation”. “The obvious uncordial voices led by the Communists also tried to pressurise (sic) and persuade statesman like Pranab Da. Many political connotations were derived and analysis will continue for days to come. Still, the real message of this Nagpur visit of the former President is more national than political,” it says.
It says RSS “breaks the tradition, and Dr Mukherjee has been given a chance to say the last word in Nagpur”. Normally, the Sarsanghachalak delivers the last address.
“In democracy, this process of dialogue in national interest is essential and social or political unaccountability of any form is not acceptable is the biggest message of Nagpur,” it adds. The journal heaps praises on Mukherjee’s speech that has left political circles divided on its message.