New Delhi: On Tuesday, model-turned-runner Milind Soman sent social media into a tizzy after he revealed that he was a part of the Hindu right wing organization – Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), when he was young. Also Read - Milind Soman's Heart-Wrenching Emotional Note on Losing His Father And Nailing 'Made in India' The Same Year Will Reduce You to Tears!
In his memoir ‘Made In India’, Soman revealed that he had trained at the RSS and that being part of an RSS shakha was “a very Shivaji Park thing” for a young boy to do back then. Here is an excerpt: Also Read - Ankita Konwar-Milind Soman's Date Night Video Redefines Love, Mushiest Thing on Internet Today
“My memories of what happened at our shakha between 6 and 7 p.m. each weekday evening are completely different—we marched about in our khaki shorts, did some yoga, worked out in a traditional outdoor gymnasium with no fancy equipment, sang songs and chanted Sanskrit verses that we did not understand the meanings of, played games and had a bunch of fun with our fellows.” Also Read - Ankita Konwar’s Romantic Post For ‘Forever Valentine’ Milind Soman Will Make You go Aww
Further, Soman also stated that he was baffled by the ‘subversive, communal propaganda’ being attributed to the RSS by the media today. Comparing it to the ‘Desi Scouts’, he added that the leaders of the organisation wanted to groom ‘civilian soldiers’, who’d behave respectfully towards everyone and paid attention to physical fitness.
Soon after the revelation, Milind trended furiously on Twitter as many couldn’t believe Soman’s RSS link. Many on Twitter declared that he is ‘no longer hot’ and that he has been ‘cancelled’.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
However being the sport that he is, Soman jokingly wrote how at 54 he is trending for the thing he did at the age of 10:
Milind Soman’s wife Ankita too reacted hilariously to the conversation, sharing that childhood experiences could really stir up some conversations.
According to theprint.in, Soman recalls that his father had been part of the RSS himself and was a proud Hindu. “I didn’t see what there was to be proud about, but on the other hand, I didn’t see that there was much to complain about either,” he writes in his memoir.
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