Shouldn’t RSS be banned immediately?

In an interview to “Caravan” magazine, Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Dargah blasts, has said that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat gave a go ahead for the attacks. He claimed that Bhagwat said the attacks were important and must be carried out but should not be linked to the Sangh. The RSS has denied Aseemanand’s allegations. NIA sources said that Aseemanand did not name senior RSS leaders during his interrogation. Aseemanand has retracted a similar confession earlier.

RSS is a militant Hindu outfit with extremely dubious credentials. Founded and nurtured by Hedgewar, Golwalkar, Savarkar, Tilak – all Brahmins – this morbidly fissiparous outfit directed its energy towards the elimination of Muslims right from its inception.

Here it’ll be in the fitness of things to look back and trace its origin and ideological emergence:

“The emergence of Hindu consciousness and identity is rooted in the late 19th century. Its origins can be traced to the Hindu revivalism of the Arya Samaj, a Hindu reform movement founded in 1875, and the ‘extremism’ of the Congress leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The growth of Hindu nationalism, in contrast, is a product of the early 20th century.

Politically, the concept of Hindu nationalism (or communalism as it was then called) was first articulated by the Hindu Mahasabha, a movement that was founded in 1914 at Haridwar by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in reaction to the creation of the Muslim League in 1906. In its early years, the organization was obscured by the Congress party with which most of its members were associated. The Lucknow Pact of 1916 and the ascendancy of the moderates within the Congress alienated many of the Hindu extremists, however, and under the leadership of V. D. Savarkar, an admirer of Tilak and, like him, a Chitpavan Brahmin from Maharashtra, the Mahasabha parted with the Congress in a call to ‘Hinduize all politics and militarize Hinduism.’ (source: Hargrove and Kochanek).

The RSS was briefly banned after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in January 1948 (Godse was associated with the RSS). It was also banned during 1975-1977, when Indira Gandhi had assumed dictatorial powers. It was banned yet again for a short while after the razing of the Babri Masjid in December 1992.

The ideology and objective of RSS: The cardinal objective of RSS is to have an Akhand Bharat (undivided India) merging all neighbouring countries, precisely Pakistan and Bangladesh, and create a Hindu Rashtra. Somewhere it can be compared to the idea of Pan-Islamisation. Justice Khosla, who was the main judge of Gandhi-assassination trial, observed that Nathuram Godse (an RSS man) had in his mind this ‘racio-ethnic cleansing of the people of the sub-continent’ and he (Godse) admitted that if given an opportunity, he’d re-Hinduaize all the converts who left the fold of Hinduism because they were forcibly converted by Muslim invaders from Arab peninsula and Central Asia’ (‘Notes from the Red-Fort’, Spingler and Chakravarty).

In fine, the RSS manifesto has been to purge India of Muslims and this ideology is engrained in the psyche of RSS men and other outfits (including BJP) that branched out of it or emerged independently with the passage of time.

Now the question is: Can such a rabidly sectarian organization be allowed to exist, threatening the composite nature of India’s culture and sovereignty? It’s indeed a million dollar question that needs to be answered by all those who call themselves secular.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2014 on page no. 2

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