Wednesday, September 2, 2015

At Key RSS-BJP Meet, an Assessment of Narendra Modi government on the Cards. Did voters elect the RSS or the BJP? Is the RSS an extra-constitutional authority?

NB: Given the constant supervision of the Modi government by the so-called 'parivar', Indian citizens are entitled to inquire whether they elected the BJP or the RSS to govern the country. Does this behaviour not show that the BJP is a mask of the RSS? Is the RSS not functioning as an extra-constitutional authority? Did Modi tell his prospective voters in 2014 that he would give the RSS informal entry into the Government of India? The RSS exercises political power without responsibility through front organisations that do its bidding. Its nationalism is a form of atheism: the Parivar worships not Divinity but Power. At the same time it claims to be disinterested in politics. This is what is called chhal-kapat in Hindi. Many of its adherents (such as the Vyapam whistleblowers) have discovered this deceit at their own cost

For those who are duped by all this patriotic noise, remember that patriotism is often used to cover up evil deeds. Was it a great act of patriotism to murder elderly scholars and then boast about it? Is this what Modi meant by good days (achhe din) ahead? Achhe din for whom? Hooligans and foul-mouthed people? My only request of the Sangh Parivar is this: if you love India so much, please cease the destruction of our institutions of justice and knowledge. If you admire Hindu civilisation so much, please refrain from confusing pragnya with propaganda, wisdom with cunning. Stop speaking from both sides of your mouth, all of us are not idiots. Cease the celebration of violence. Stop treating our minds as if they are your 'maal' as the Sarsanghchaalak put it. DS

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS will review the Narendra Modi government's performance in the last 15 months at a three-day meeting beginning today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the meeting as will 12 BJP ministers and party chief Amit Shah. The meeting of 93 members of what is called the Sangh Parivar has been billed as a 'Samanway Baithak' or coordination meeting. It will be presided over by Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the RSS, which is the ruling BJP's ideological mentor. It's not clear how much time the PM will spend at the meeting.

The latest religious census, which indicated a decline in the Hindu population below the 80-crore mark and a marginal increase in Muslim population, is expected to be discussed, as will the One Rank One Pension demand of ex-servicemen that the government has been grappling with. Sources said the RSS has prepared a dossier that indicates the need for a "course correction" ahead of crucial assembly elections in Bihar to be held by November. "The RSS doesn't want Bihar to be Delhi and 2019 to be 2004, when India was shining, but an election was lost," said a senior BJP leader.

The RSS has said such reviews are done routinely, mainly to ensure better coordination between the BJP, the government and affiliates of the Sangh, some of whom complain that key policies in the Narendra Modi government's reformist agenda is at odds with the Sangh's ideology. Affiliates like the Swadeshi Jagran Manch are against genetically modified crops, Foreign Direct Investment, strategic sale of government assets to raise money and opening Indian banks to foreign companies - all key to the Modi government's long-term economic agenda.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch had also joined protests against the controversial changes the government had planned in the law to acquire land. Sources said the Sangh feels the government has earned an anti-farmer tag by pushing the land bill, which it has now buried, and should avoid such steps. Other Sangh affiliates like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad are pushing for a bigger say in education and syllabus, sources said.
Rajnath denies rift in BJP // Lets believe everything we're told..(2013)

More on the RSS's non-political nature:
The RSS has a limitless capacity for deceit and self deception. It adopts different postures on being political or non-political depending on the degree of dissimulation required to achieve immediate objectives. The long-term objective remains the total conquest of state power. In the year 2000 theGujarat government of Keshubhai Patel, with the support of the Vajpayee government, lifted the ban on RSS recruitment among civil servants. In the ensuing controversy Prime Minister Vajpayee revealed his mind on February 5. "The RSS is not a political outfit. It is a cultural and social organisation and I don't think objections should be raised to anybody joining it." 
This was stoutly resisted and the BJP was forced to withdraw

On the Gadkari Purti scam, the RSS insisted that the matter was a purely BJP affair. See: 
RSS statement seeks distance from Nitin Gadkari
Mohan Bhagwat backs anti-graft crusaders but silent on Gadkari
RSS can’t do a Sonia with BJP

On October 25, 2012, Mr Mohan Bhagwat declared the allegations against Mr Gadkari to be an "internal matter of the BJP". But Gadkari was and remains an RSS member, and its choice for BJP president - and his installation proved yet again that the BJP is an RSS front. The RSS knew full well what he did for a living, and some of its members may have been his partners. All of a sudden they are "saddened by efforts to drag the RSS name into these allegations"; and declare that his position is 'an internal matter' of the BJP! 'Drag the name'! They were the ones who dragged Gadkari into the post! Why all this assumed innocence? If the very appointment of the BJP President is a concern of the RSS, why is his conduct now an internal matter? The RSS intervenes directly in politics (as it did during the NDA regime) but adopts a self-righteous distance and the mask of a cultural organisation when its chosen instruments run into trouble.

In 1948 the RSS was dubbed ‘storm-troopers of the Hindu Mahasabha’ by the Punjab communist and comrade of Bhagat Singh, Dhanwantri - see:  At that time they demanded their men be placed in senior executive positions in the Punjab government, and reportedly warned that Nehru would meet the fate of Burmese General Aung San who was assassinated in July 1947. See p 22 of the above-mentioned Dhanwantri report, 'Bleeding Punjab Warns' , which is an important historical document, and written from a humanist rather than communal perspective.

In the midst of the Emergency of 1975, Sarsanghchalak M.D. Deoras wrote to Indira Gandhi stressing RSS loyalty to the government and opposition to violence, its foundation on ‘Hindu spiritualism’. He asserted that the RSS ‘keeps itself aloof from power politics.’(Goyal, 274).

In 2000 Vajpayee (in support of Modi’s predecessor Keshubhai Patel) said the RSS was not political– in order to formally enable Gujarat RSS cadre to enter the ranks of the state administration. 

In 2013, as their involvement in politics has become crystal clear, they assert that ‘no promise was ever made to the government in 1949 ahead of lifting of the ban on it that it will never enter politics..’ (M.G. Vaidya, in

The RSS is political, apolitical and non-political as per convenience.
The GoI order lifting the ban on the RSS was made on July 11, 1949; after discussions between Patel and Golwalkar. It included the understanding that the RSS would hereafter be “restricting its activities to the cultural sphere, abjuring violence and secrecy, professing loyalty to the Constitution of India and the National Flag, and providing for a democratic organization..” (D.R. Goyal, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, 1979, 2000; p 254-5). In fact the RSS constitution itself proclaims that it “has no politics” and that it opposed ‘violent and secret methods’. We may judge for ourselves whether the RSS's activities over the decades demonstrate any loyalty to their own professed ideas and promises. Have its organisations such as the Bajrang Dal & VHP never indulged in violent & secret methods? Here is a list of judicial commissions of inquiry appointed by different state governments following major communal carnages:

B.N. Srikrishna Commission (Mumbai, 1992-93) 
D.P. Madon Commission (Bhiwandi, Jalgaon and Mahad, 1970) 
Joseph Vithayathil Commission (Tellicherry, 1971) 
Jagmohan Reddi Commission (Ahmedabad, 1969)
Venugopal Commission (Kanyakumari, 1982)
Jitendra Narain Commission (Jamshedpur, 1979) 

Two threads run through all these reports: one, the criminal role of Hindutva organisations in masterminding the violence; two, the partisan conduct of the police. Two examples: 
Here was not only a failure of intelligence and culpable failure to suppress the outbreak of violence but (also) deliberate attempts to suppress the truth from the Commission, especially the active participation in the riots of some RSS and Jana Sangh leaders.
- Justice Jagmohan Reddy Commission on the Hindu-Muslim Ahmedabad riots, 1969

The RSS sets itself up as the champion of what it considers to be the rights of Hindus against minorities. It has taken upon itself to teach the minorities their place and if they are not willing to learn their place to teach them a lesson."
Justice Venugopal Commission on the Hindu-Christian Tellicherry riots of 1971.

The RSS is a private army that despite the best efforts of its well-wishers in the Indian elite, has been banned three times, in 1948, 1975 and 1992. In November 16, 1947, the AICC (that included Sardar Patel) declared The All India Congress Committee has noted with regret that there is a growing desire on the part of some organizations to build up private armies. Any such development is dangerous for the safety of the State and for the growth of corporate life in the nation. The State alone should have its defence forces or police or home guards. The activities of the Muslim National Guards, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Akali Volunteers and such other organizations represent an endeavour to bring into being private armies, (and) must be regarded as a menace to the hard-won freedom of the country.. (Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, online; vol 97, p 480).

Hitler's annihilation of the Romanis“I as a German prefer much more to see India under British Government than under any other...I must not connect the fate of the German people with these so-called ‘oppressed nations’ who are clearly of racial inferiority” (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, German edition, p. 747)
More signs of artistry:
In the year 2000 the Gujarat government of Keshubhai Patel, with the support of the Vajpayee government, lifted the ban on RSS recruitment among civil servants. In the ensuing controversy Patel said the RSS was not political (the usual story). This was stoutly resisted and the BJP was forced to withdraw. Read more: