Thursday, April 14, 2016

From ‘The Crown Prince. The Gladiator. The Hope. Battle for Change’ by Ashutosh

Anti-Muslim sentiment has been the core of RSS ideology. M.S. Golwalkar, the second Sarsanghchalak of the RSS, wrote of Indian Muslims in his book Bunch of Thoughts, which, incidentally, has mysteriously disappeared from the public domain. ‘It would be suicidal to delude ourselves that they have turned patriots overnight after the creation of Pakistan. On the contrary, the Muslim menace has increased hundredfold by the creation of Pakistan which has become a springboard for all their future aggressive designs on our country.’

Patel was strongly opposed to a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, which the RSS has been propagating since its inception in 1925. In February 1949, Patel had said, ‘Hindu Raj is a mad idea, it will kill the soul of India.’

…Patel as home minister was instrumental in banning the RSS…he obliquely blamed the RSS for the assassination of Gandhiji. In his letter dated 11 September 1948 to Golwalkar, Patel wrote, ‘All the speeches were full of communal venom …and it was because of this poison that the country had to suffer the death of Gandhiji …RSS members celebrated Gandhiji’s death and distributed sweets.’ Sardar Patel had written a similar letter on 18 July 1948 to Shyama Prasad Mukerjee who later founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Patel wrote, ‘Due to the activities of the RSS an atmosphere was created in which such a barbaric act could be executed.’ Patel pressurized the RSS to profess loyalty to the Indian Constitution, salute the Indian tricolor, write their own constitution, abjure violence, limit their activities to the cultural sphere and never indulge in politics. Only when the RSS accepted these conditions was the ban lifted.

George Orwell had this to say about politics and politicians: ‘All issues are political issues and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.’

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