Abusing the RSS is creative secularism – Rakesh Sinha

Prof Rakesh Sinha“A class of intellectuals, including a large part of the media, habitually blames RSS for everything and anything. Following the Modi government’s advent, secularist intellectuals and the media have left no stone unturned to create an anti-government atmosphere by using events and undesirable statements, none of which are due to any responsible leader of the RSS.” – Prof Rakesh Sinha

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)Not a single newspaper or TV channel lets go of news and  views about the RSS and its affiliates. Not surprising, since India today is governed by the saffron party. Concomitantly, the opinions and statements of the fraternal organisation definitely attract media attention; the Parivar’s behaviour, acts and influence on the government are matters of interest. One can’t blame the media for microscopic attention-seeking.

But sadly, a class of intellectuals, including a large part of the media, habitually blames RSS for everything and anything. Following the Modi government’s advent, secularist intellectuals and the media have left no stone unturned to create an anti-government atmosphere by using events and undesirable statements, none of which are due to any responsible leader of the RSS.

Rashtra Sevika SamitiOn population, two or three leaders have appealed to Hindus to produce more children. The statement was deliberately misconstrued as an RSS attempt to revert the population policy. None tried to know the RSS’s perspective on women. Most critics are ignorant of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, the RSS’s women wing, formed in 1936. It has been doing outstanding work in empowering women. Unlike the Left’s slogan-shouting women wings, it works silently. This instance alone exposes Indian academics’ and intellectuals’—predominantly left-Nehruvian—non-serious approach to dialogue with and discourse on RSS.

Their anti-RSS approach has remained consistent, whenever the Jana Sangh or BJP is in power. In 1967, coalition governments were formed in seven states with the Jana Sangh as a partner. The Left raised howls about the existence of minorities being under threat. After 1977, much credit for the deconstruction of the Janata Party government must go to the same intellectuals who poisoned the political environs. In the 90s, the Vajpayee government endured the same hostility. The repetition of the same abuse, allegations and modus operandi can be seen in their actions.

Indira Gandhi & Sanjay GandhiDisagreements with the RSS can in no way obscure the fact that it is a reality of India’s social and political life. The Sangh is a force with an alternative ideology with huge organised following. Neither can any serious student deny that the RSS stood for democracy and suffered the most when Indira Gandhi’s regime turned totalitarian.

Abusing the RSS has become creative secularism of Nehruites and Marxists. They have dealt with it polemically. There has been not even subtle difference between propagandist literature of the CPI/CPI(M) on the RSS and those written by pseudo-secular social scientists.

Moreover, they’ve gone to the extent of alleging that the RSS is funded by the CIA in one of their works, CIA interests in RSS. American writings on RSS are Commies are only base for this, which betrays slanderous intellectualism.

The first work on RSS was published 25 years after its formation in 1951, Militant Hinduism in Indian Politics: A Study of RSS by J. A. Curran. It was published by the International Secretariat, Institute of Public Relations of the US. Another important work was again by a foreigner, Craig Baxter, on the Jana Sangh, also dealing with the RSS, and The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari, releasing the book entitled “Muslims in Indian Cities”, edited by Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot, in New Delhi on September 10, 2012.two other important works, by Walter Anderson in the 80s and later by Christophe Jaffrelot in 90s. All of them are critical but serious study.

Pseudo-secularists are masters in manipulating and distorting facts. One such hilarious allegation is that the RSS was inspired by Mussolini, in proof of which they quote an Italian scholar, Marzia Casolari. This was enough for a secularist journal’s cover story, its only basis being Hindu Mahasabha leader Dr B. S. Moonje’s personal meeting with Mussolini. No RSS leader in the pre-Independence era travelled overseas, or ever praised Hitler or Mussolini. And a March 7, 1934, debate in the Central Provinces Legislative Council on the RSS demolished the myth of Moonje being one of the founders of the RSS. The Sangh itself had voiced serious displeasure with Moonje’s approach to imperialism and the Muslim question, and he was even pulled up by RSS leader Martand Jog for his irresponsible statements in Dr Hedgewar’s presence in 1932. Moonje later wrote in his diary that he would not use the RSS platform in future. But secularist lies and deceit have no regard for historical facts and archival records. They are the real hybrids of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci and Hitler’s propaganda minister Goebbels. – The New Indian Express, 22 February 2015

» Prof Rakesh Sinha is Hony Director of India Policy Foundation. Contact him at  rakeshsinha46@gmail.com.

Sri Guruji (M. S. Golwalkar)



8 Responses

  1. Children need to be taught the truth in schools and colleges!

  2. Yes, they need to change the present dress, a throwback to the British Raj (khaki shorts and sun topi). If wearing shorts is more convenient, why not saffron shorts? That is the colour associated with Hindutva and it will cause apoplexy in the secularists. A saffron coloured indian dress would be more appropriate.

  3. I gather, most Indian English newspapers are owned by the anti-Hindu foreigners. Is there any reference about them, where we can look into and find out details. Government should make regulations about the ownership of Indian newspapers. Nobody or organization of foregn origin should be allowed to own more than 50 percent of the ownership.

  4. Silambam (Indian Stick Fighting)

    The RSS describes itself as a cultural and social service organisation. But its members dress like the militant youth brigades of 1930s Europe. This is very off-putting and leads to misunderstanding. It sends a wrong signal and leaves the RSS open to unwarranted criticism and ridicule.

    The RSS badly needs an image makeover.

    The RSS must exchange the colonial khaki shorts for Indian dress. The body-builders in UP villages and the martial arts practitioners of Tamil Nadu and Kerala both wear Indian dress though they engage in various strenuous exercises.

    There is no reason for the RSS not to wear Indian dress too.

    • Perhaps, you have a point, how ever, these volunteers carry out all sorts of duties and services. Rakesh Sinha has done the right thing in bringing out the details of their good work. I have found many Hindus, let alone the others, ignorant of the good work that RSS and its AFFLIATIONS carry out in the Nation of India. It might be quite an interesting bit of information on history re. the activities of these organizations.

    • this is constructive criticism !

      Yes ! RSS must change to a more agreeable , pleasant , and traditional dress that suits its objectives.

    • Absolutely! I could never understand why they dress in so anachronistic way! Time to change!!!

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