Ever since Pranab Mukherjee accepted an invite to address RSS workers at their headquarters in Nagpur, the Congress was spooked. The party found it hard to believe that a man who had been in their rank and file for 50 years could go and stand with an organisation that they have fought for decades. Indeed, Congress did everything to dissuade Pranab from attending the event, from describing the anguish of his party men to getting his daughter to express disapproval. But notwithstanding the Congress' disapproval, Pranab stood at attention at the RSS event today, flanked by white and khaki-clad Sangh leaders saluting the saffron flag. But what he delivered in his speech was a lesson on India's history of tolerance, inclusion and pluralism, quoting stalwart of Congress-Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru.
So why did the Congress dread? Or did they overreact? I'll be asking Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari, who will join me in just a few minutes.