RSS: Legacy of Arrogance

Nagesh Chaudhari

Former RSS boudhik-pramukh M G Vaidya wrote in an article, “One culture one nation” (Indian Express, 24 March, 2016) that Hinduism is not a religion but dharma, and dharma has no equivalent in English. This gimmick is to stress imaginary superiority to the word Hindu. It’s an old RSS refrain. Vaidya, true to his mentor M. S. Golwalkar, who outlined Hindu nation  formulation in his book We, or Our Nationhood Defined 1939 is being written and rewritten by RSS men like Vaidya in various ways. But the truth behind all of them is “ekam sat viprah bahudha vadanti”, i.e., Brahmins speak their truth with different tongues. In fact, their Hindu nation is about an all pervading supremacy of Brahmins.

Vaidya says that Hindu law should be applied to Muslims and Christians. By this he is playing the same game. As if he and his RSS can dictate terms. Golwalkar taught that RSS men should behave as if they are the masters/owners of this country. This comes through the RSS concept that it is above the government. This arrogance has been sown by Golwalkar. In a book Sri Guruji Samagra Darshan, Part 1, in Marathi (1971) he says, “Sangh is not only representative of Hindu nation but the embodiment of Hindu nation itself. And that is why this whole land of India should belong to Sangh (i.e., RSS). We should live here with the sentiments of ownership (p.108). At another place he says, ‘’this form of Hindu nation will exist till the end of the earth or till it submerged in a deluge. We will be there till the end as a Hindu nation’’(part 4, p. 47).

 This thinking has induced ownership attitude and arrogance in the minds of RSS combine. Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief, exhibits this mindset and is followed by ex-RSS spokespersons like M G Vaidya. He adopted the same attitude of being master of the country. He says, bypassing the Constitution, that Muslims and Christians should be brought under Hindu laws. So is the case of Bharat mata ki jay slogan raised  by Mohan Bhagwat. The stand on cow, Gita as national book, Sanskrit, opposition to Urdu language etc.

The roots of such thinking do not start from Golwalkar or Savarkar, but go far behind, existing from the time Brahmins fortified the four-varna, caste model. In this caste model, the Brahmin is at the top of the social structure. Even above the king who was Kshatriya, second in rank. In today’s terms, this model of Brahmin at the top is what RSS wants for itself. Golwalkar having this in mind calls state secondary to the nation, that is the king, below the Brahmin.

RSS parivar and its spokespersons write and speak with this social model in mind. A certain concept of nation is being adhered to by RSS combine because only they have been trained like that by its ideologues. Other parties and organisations are caught in a restricted political mode of thinking. RSS knows that the thinking of politicians limited to state, secondary position, and not to top position, the nation.

M. G. Vaidya himself quoted in one of his Marathi books that Golwalkar wanted to dominate all political parties and not only Jan Sangh - today’s BJP.

That means caste model should rule and, secondly, other parties be secondary to RSS and follow its dictat. This hierarchical model is being observed in all left and right parties which are under Brahmin leadership. That’s why Dr. Ambedkar said, “About sacred and secular Brahmins, they are two arms of the same body. Both are kith and kin and one is bound for the existence of the other. None will come forward to demolish the caste system. (See-Annihilation of Caste, Dr. Ambedkar’s Writings & Speeches, Vol. 1 p.70). This ownership attitude is dangerous and worse than even fascism.

The author is editor of the Marathi fortnghtly Bahujan Sangharsh, Nagpur. He has written eight books in Marathi, Hindi and English and published articles in Marathi and English journals.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2016 on page no. 2

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