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BJP As Slave Of RSS:

What Does the RSS Archive Tell?


By Shamsul Islam


21 April, 2009


The Congress president Sonia Gandhi while addressing a election meeting at Bidar in Karnataka on April 15 told the audience that BJP leadership including LK Advani is a "slave of RSS". While making a pointed reference to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani she said that he "can not take any decision" on his own. She went on to declare that Advani can do nothing without touching the feet of the RSS. She was categorical in holding that “it is Mr. Advani, who is a slave of the RSS because he wants to protect his chair. This is the reason why he panders to each and every wish of the RSS.”


As expected, BJP was quick in rebutting this allegation. BJP spokesperson, Ravi Shankar Prasad, when asked to respond retorted: “This is a baseless insinuation,” Even the Election Commission found itself in the midst of the controversy. The Deputy Election Commissioner R. Balakrishnan, responding to a question at a press briefing in Delhi said that the Commission “will look into it” if a complaint was forwarded.


However, it may be interesting to note here that Ms. Gandhi used the term "slave of RSS" for the BJP metaphorically but most prominent ideologue of the RSS till date and its second sarsanghchalak, M. S. Golwalkar really meant it when he took the decision to depute swayamsevaks (RSS cadres) to the political field. What RSS expected from the cadres loaned/deputed for political work was elaborated by Golwalkar more than once. The RSS created Bhartiya Jan Sangh in 1951 and Golwalkar took keen interest in its development. He was unambiguous in outlining about the kind of swayamsevaks who are sent to manipulate politics and what was expected of them by the RSS. RSS gathered more than 300 senior whole-timers (parcharak) working at district/national levels for ideological training at Sindi (Wardha, Maharahtra) in 1954 from March 9 to March 16. This boudhik shivir (ideological camp) was to prepare national RSS leadership for running the affairs of the country. Golwalkar in his concluding address (March 16) elaborated his vision about politics in the following words:


"If we say that we are part of the organization and accept its discipline then selectiveness has no place in life. Do what is told. If told to play kabaddi, play kabaddi; told to hold meeting then meeting….For instance some of our friends were told to go and work for politics that does not mean that they have great interest or inspiration for it. They don’t die for politics like fish without water. If they are told to withdraw from politics then also there is no objection. Their discretion is just not required."


[Golwalkar, M. S., Shri Guruji Samagar Darshan, Volume III, Bhartiya Vichar Sadhna, Nagpur , 1978, p. 32.]


In 1960 RSS gathered the top leadership of the RSS (all those parcharaks who were working at the State/regional levels only) at Indore , Madhya Pradesh, in order "to train them in the RSS ideology in context of times and nation". Golwalkar in his key-note address on March 5 (1960) explained to the audience the real political design in the following words:


"We know this also that some of our Swayamsevaks work in politics. There they have to organize according to the needs of work public meetings, processions etc., have to raise slogans. All these things have no place in our work. However, like the character in a play whatever role has been assigned should be portrayed with best of capability. But sometimes Swayamsevaks go beyond the role assigned to a performer (nat) as they develop over-zealousness in their hearts, to the extent that they become useless for this work. This is not good."


[Golwalkar, M. S., Shri Guruji Samagar Darshan, Volume IV, Bhartiya Vichar Sadhna, Nagpur , pp. 4-5.]


We find here Golwalkar referring to the Swayamsevaks loaned to political satellite as ‘nat’ or performers who are meant to dance to the tunes of the RSS. A crucial fact should not be missed here that Golwalkar’s above design of controlling the political arm was elaborated in March 1960 almost nine years after the establishment of Jansangh (the forerunner of the BJP) in 1951.


All those who are concerned about the future of democratic-secular polity in the wake of aggressive communal politics by the RSS rightly hope that Ms. Gandhi and her party, Indian National Congress will carry forward this debate about the linkages of Hindutva politics. There is no need to be apologetic about the comment. The RSS archives are a mine of such degenerated- fascist documents. One simply needs commitment to fight and expose this evil organization; it will not prove to be more than a paper tiger.



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