When Did RSS Start to Endorse the Idea of 'Brotherhood'?
Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef 20 Sep 2018
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing group has recently held a three-day conference in the capital city. Amidst of all the hatred and animosity, the party chief Mohan Bhagwat gave a speech on the party's ideologies and motives. Apparently, that was a well-crafted speech to allure the general public in such a way that it kept a sense of diplomacy throughout. Though the party has a negative impression, it tried to portray a clean face all along the conclave.
Even though it is considered as the parent party of the current ruling party of India i.e. Bhartiya Janata Party, it states that it is democratic in its own ways and the BJP has no power over it. Evidently, RSS has always been a party which endorses the idea of 'Hinduism'. Here are some of the claims and remarks of the chief Mohan Bhagwat regarding the party’s ideologies which contradict to what the party generally does.
- "Our vision document will be one which benefits everyone and includes everyone in the development of India. We want a powerful nation so that we can use that power for good."
V R Bhat, who is a prominent member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Karnataka posted on Facebook threatening Prabha N. Belamangala, a social activist who is secretary of NGO Janavignana Samiti, with rape. Bhat apparently wrote in his reports that "activists (like Prabha) should be dragged by their hair and sexually assaulted to correct their approach towards Hinduism,"
- "Some people know they are Hindus but they are not willing to accept it because of political correctness. According to us, this entire society is a Hindu society. We have no enemies, neither in the country nor outside it. We do not want to finish our enemies. We want to take them along with us."
Once, RSS leader Kundan Chandrawat has said; "We sent 2000 to the graveyard". It's been over 24 hours since the RSS leader made the disconcerting claim regarding the Muslim deaths in the Godhra riots.
- “RSS respects diversity and believes in the philosophy of "walk on your own path."
The RSS is not known for being circumspect in its remarks on the minorities, Kundan Chandrawat in a rabid address, he not only spoke glowingly of the courage of Hindus in whom Shivaji’s “blood runs” in killing over 2,000 Muslims in the 2002 Gujarat riots but also promised more reprisals. The most shocking part of his speech, however, was the offer of a Rs 1 crore bounty to anyone who would bring him the head of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
His open praise of the Hindu mobs that killed Muslims during the fateful riots does no credit to the BJP, which was in power in the state at that time under the stewardship of then chief minister Narendra Modi. This is positively embarrassing for the party, which has distanced itself from those events.
There are various instances where RSS has been accused of inciting violence and hate among Hindu-Muslim communities. Consequently, the country has witnessed various communal riots like Bombay riots, Dadri riots etc. Evidently, it is a strategy of the RSS to cover all the wrongdoings by creating a clean image of both the RSS and the BJP before the upcoming elections.
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