MG Vaidya, RSS Ideologue, Dies in Nagpur Aged 97; Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Condoles Demise

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Nagpur, December 19: Manmohan G Vaidya, one of the prime ideologues of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), died on Saturday after battling illness for the past few days. He passed away at the age of 97, breathing his last in Maharashtra's Nagpur -- which was also his residential city and the headquarters of the Sangh.

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Union Minister and senior RSS-BJP leader Nitin Gadkari expressed sorrow over MG Vaidya's demise. In a string of posts shared on social media, Gadkari described Vaidya as an esteemed scholar, an ace journalist and a respected ideologue of the RSS. BJP-RSS Control Facebook in India, Says Rahul Gandhi.

"It is a great sorrow that a pious and sage-like personality has passed away. May God grant peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti," Gadkari, who is also the lawmaker of Nagpur, said.

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Vaidya was a noted journalist, and contributed as a columnist till the past couple of years in several leading national dailies. He is credited for strengthening the RSS' point of view in the mainstream, at a time when the group's political arm was not at the centrestage.