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Published in the 16-31 Dec 2003 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

RSS volunteer to desecrate Gandhi
By I K Shukla

It is a screaming insult to the memory of Gandhi that Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Delhi, invited a RSS volunteer to inaugurate the Global Convention on Peace and Nonviolence slated for Jan 31-Feb 1, 2004, in Delhi. It is shocking in the extreme that GSDS chose to be so insensitive and grossly blind to history and so egregiously contemptuous of civility.

How could a spiritual and ideological soulmate of the assassin Godse be invited to this convention on peace and nonviolence? And that to inaugurate it?

How could a collaborator of the British and a pledged advocate of violent liquidation of minorities, Muslims in particular, be invited to this function?

How could Atom Bomb Vajpayee be invited to a function touted to be on global peace and nonviolence? GSDS forgot what Gandhi said about the nuclear bomb.

It is Atal's Darshan and Smriti of his association that GSDS seems more solicitous of than the Darshan or Smriti of Gandhi which RSS has done its meanest most to destroy and denigrate.

And, it seems, GSDS begged him, the RSS votary of violent extirpation of minorities, to inaugurate the Convention, seemingly because it could not find a Gandhian anywhere in the world, or it dreamed that Vajpayee had abandoned the fascistic RSS and mutated into a sworn Gandhian.

The GSDS is free to fantasize, and regress into infantile imbecility, but it certainly is not licensed to have the memory of Gandhi sullied and seared by the RSS man who did all he could for his Hindu Rashtra cult to have Gandhi wiped off Indian history and psyche and dumped in blood and fire as in Gujarat.

GSDS seems irreversibly amnesiac otherwise it should have remembered that RSS rulers dealt a death blow to Gandhi Institute in Varanasi. Not only it buried Gandhi there, it also battered its prime benefactor, JP Narayan, so closely associated with it for decades.

Is it for these criminal and barbaric tendencies, reeking of fascism and totalitarian terrorism, that GSDS chose to honour Vajpayee under the cover of the Convention? GSDS should, in view of this, change its name.

If it did not beg him to favor it with his presence, how come he "kindly agreed to inaugurate"? Why did it beg a communal fascist to "honor" Gandhi, a seasoned sectarian-exclusivist like Vajpayee to "inaugurate" a pluralist-secular democrat like Gandhi?

He should have been, instead, turned down for this honor, if HE had dared beg the GSDS, or if those close to him had begged the GSDS for this blatant blasphemy and savage sacrilege?

GSDS owes an immediate and unreserved apology to Gandhians, to the nation at large, as also to the international community of Gandhi devotees, to have perpetrated this ignominy so brutally, and at such a time as this, when the world is rocked by violence, and India is shaken to its roots by the criminals in saffron, rampaging and stalking all over, torching and demolishing all that was dear to Gandhi more than his own life.

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