Ban RSS if you have the guts

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This morning I saw a post on Facebook in which some prominent personality stated that “with the aggressive push of the right wing in the next elections, the crucial issue of the RSS and its violent fascist and anti-national antecedents being raised now has been an issue simmering and unsettled for some years. The decision of the Gujarat, and UP (earlier in the 1990s) state governments controlled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lift the ban on government servants joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) had, on the eve of NDA’s rule, raised a nationwide debate. Today, in2013, BJP rule in Madhya Pradesh for the past decade also allows the RSS members to join government service.”

I want to ask, what is wrong with RSS members? RSS is the ideology that they are following; what is the connection between their job and their ideology? RSS is not a terror outfit; they are patriots and volunteers to protect the nation. Most of the time, RSS is engaged in doing social work. They are contributing their best for this nation, be it any human created disaster or natural calamity. They have always rendered their helping hand in serving people. BJP is their political party, one of the biggest national parties in India. Give me some proven cases against RSS and their terror activities. I know all you can recall is only one example and that too of Nathuram Godse. Godse is often a misunderstood personality. He is referred to as a Hindu fanatic. It is often hard to understand Godse because the Government of India had suppressed information about him. His court statements, letters etc. were all banned from the public until recently. Judging from his writings, one thing becomes very clear – He was no fanatic. His court statements are very well read out and indicate a calm and collected mental disposition. Godse had been working with the Hindu refugees fleeing from Pakistan. He had seen the horrible atrocities committed on them. Many women had their hands cut off, nose cut off; even little girls had been raped mercilessly. Despite this, Godse did not harm even single Muslim in India which he could easily have. So it would be a grave mistake to call him a Hindu fanatic. He very well knew that he would be hanged and his name would be disgraced as Gandhi was considered a saint. And again, Godse could have ran away and escaped punishment. But he did the reverse. He called a police officer and courted arrest. Before we proceed, it would be wise to understand the backdrop of the assassination.

S. Gurumurthy, a commentator on political and economic affairs wrote his explanation to Hindu post “Lifting of ban on RSS was unconditional”. On February 4, 1948, the government had banned the RSS alleging that, contrary to its professed ideals, the RSS members had carried on violent activities, collected illicit weapons and exhorted people to violence. Rejecting the allegations but respecting the law, Golwalkar suspended the work of the RSS. Six months later, he was released but was interned in Nagpur. On August 11, he wrote to Pandit Nehru that despite the “hasty and unbalanced action” against the RSS by those in highest authority, he offered to cooperate with them as the times were critical. Nehru, cleverly or properly, sent Golwalkar’s letter to Patel for response because just before Gandhiji’s assassination, speaking in Lucknow, Patel had warned “those in power in the Congress” against efforts “to crush” the patriotic RSS. Patel replied to Golwalkar recalling his positive views on the RSS and lauding the young RSS workers who served the Hindu society and protected women and children. But he also charged them with targeting “Mussalmans” in “burning revenge” to avenge “for the sufferings of the innocent”

On September 24, Golwalkar again wrote to Patel —and also Nehru — demanding that the allegations and the ban be withdrawn because countrywide searches and investigations had yielded no proof against the RSS. He also wrote to Patel trashing the allegations. On Patel’s suggestion that the RSS join the Congress, Golwalkar replied that the Congress in the political field and the RSS in the cultural domain could compliment and converge. And despite Golwalkar’s open challenge, no evidence was forthcoming. Nehru’s letter to Golwalkar (November 10) again asserted that the government had a “mass of information against the RSS.” Accusing Nehru of having a closed mind, Golwalkar responded that to talk of “mass of evidence” without disclosing it amounted to convicting a person without evidence — like in the “Dark Ages.” His strong words obviously put off the government. On November 13, the Home Secretary refused to lift the ban and asked Golwalkar to go back to Nagpur. Golwalkar exploded and replied that such “arbitrary acts fit with autocratic rule” in “barbaric ages,” not “a civilised state.” Either prove or drop the charges, he challenged Patel. Refusing to leave Delhi, he asked the RSS workers to restart the suspended Shakas. Forthwith, Golwalkar was arrested. The RSS began a satyagraha on December 9 demanding “prove the charges, lift the ban and release Guruji [Golwalkar]”. In one month, some 80,000 RSS workers were arrested. Yet no proof of wrongdoings by the RSS was made public. Later, the ban was lifted unconditionally. Here is the proof. In a written statement to the Bombay Legislative Assembly on September 14, 1949 (Proceedings p2126), the Home Minister Morarji Desai admitted that the ban on RSS was no longer considered necessary; it was lifted unconditionally; and the RSS gave no undertaking. If no undertaking was indeed given in 1949, where is the question of reneging on it in 2013?

Even today, there are many allegations against RSS, without any evidences or proof; perhaps that is the reason why frustrated Secular parties and their supporters just expand their vocal chords and misguide people about Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. If Government really has any concrete evidence of RSS indulging in terror activities or antinational activities, they should make those evidences public and have guts to ban RSS. Some secular writers and Congress supporters were hell-bent on accusing RSS of terror activities. Many RSS workers were caught and arrested as alleged conspirators in the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif Dargah blasts; they were nabbed and forced to go through all sort of harassment, but even today, no one could prove any involvement of RSS or its members in these blasts.

Back in 2006, a blast frayed apart the RSS office at Nanded, Maharashtra. Later, the rumours were spread that the blast happened because RSS/Bajrang Dal cadres were making bombs that exploded due to mishandling. Along with Digvijaya Singh, Mahesh Bhatt and Teesta Setalvad, several other secular personalities had then raised the issue that Indian security forces need to look at this other face of terror as well. But even today, none of them could prove any allegations and concern raised by them. Late Hemant Karkare, then ATS chief, arrested Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur (was under tremendous political pressure to falsely detain her) while investigating the 2008 Malegaon blasts. Those days Sharad Pawar was planning to Ban Abhinav Bharat and Sanatan Sanstha, in the name of saffron terror.
But even today, Maharashtra ATS failed to file charge sheet against her. Karkare died in 26/11 terror attack;some even alleged that the terror attack was a conspiracy between Hindu terrorists and Mossad.
So far, Hindu organisations were targeted with all brainless and baseless allegations. Recently, Sushil Kumar Shinde was very loud on Saffron terror, but he also has failed to get one single case on record, which supports his claim. Senior RSS leaders like Indresh Kumar was also quizzed and the NIA and other security forces are claiming to collect more data in this regard, but this seems to one more embarrassment to NIA. I am challenging all those secular forces, who are stigmatising RSS as terror outfit. Please give me one proven case and trial against them, just one convict, who has done some wrong to the nation or its people.

From Nehru to Indira Gnadhi and today Sonia Gandhi to her Government, everyone tried their best to accuse peace-loving Hindu’s as terrorists. I don’t have any problem with their appeasement agenda, but if they cannot do justice to Hindus at least don’t frame them falsely.

Being a secular Hindu……I salute all those nationalists, who are guarding Hindustan and its Dharma.
Every action calls for a reaction, it’s high time…stop provoking them

Vaidehi

Group Editor at NBC Pvt. Ltd.
Vaidehi, is an investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical hacker, Philanthropist, Author and an inspiration to many. She is Group Editor of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 4 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi daily tabloid – Mee Mumbaikar, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges, dedicated to IT industry, Indian news to the world and shipping industry, respectively. Besides the business perspective, she is an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.