Briefly put, it's simple: their icon, V. D. Savarkar, the hero of the Hindu nationalists, was a staunch admirer of Hitler and the Nazis. So were the top figures of the Rashtriyya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS; or National Volunteers), the mother-organisation of the BJP. These are facts that this spokesman of the BJP, does not care to place before his readers. And since the two PM's have visited Mahatma Gandhi's famous Sabarmati Ashram, let it be known that soon after Modi's government came to power some members of his party and its ideological allies were celebrating the memory of Gandhi's assassin. Savarkar was one of the prime accused in the assassination case and was let off on a technicality. He also made an infamous peace with the British imperialists. Since January 30 will mark the 70th anniversary of Gandhi's assassination, I leave it to readers with a knowledge of the history of fascism and Nazism, to reflect on the irony of what is transpiring in India just now.
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Savarkar was being quoted approvingly by the Nazi press in 1939. The founder of the RSS, K. B. Hedgewar, was part of a meeting in 1934 where the desirability of a Indian fascist dictator was discussed. The following citations are from a research article by Italian historian Marzia Casolari, in EPW, January 22, 2000, entitled Hindutva’s Foreign Tie-up in the 1930's. See especially pp 221 to 224. Here is a quote from the conversation: I have thought out a scheme... that provides for standardisation of Hinduism throughout India...But the point is that this ideal cannot be brought to effect unless we have our own swaraj with a Hindu as a dictator like Shivaji of old or Mussolini or Hitler of the present day in Italy and Germany...But this does not mean that we have to sit with folded hands untill (sic) some such dictator arises in India. We should formulate a scientific scheme and carry on propaganda for it..
In December 1939, on the occasion of the 21st session of the Hindu Mahasabha, he said: 'the Indian Muslims are on the whole more inclined to identify themselves and their interests with Muslims outside
And here is Savarkar on the Munich Agreement in which the Sudetanland was annexed by Hitler: 'the Hindu Sanghatanists in
On March 25, 1939 the Hindu Mahasabha issued the following statement: Germany’s solemn idea of the revival of the Aryan culture, the glorification of the Swastika, her patronage of Vedic learning and the ardent championship of the tradition of Indo-Germanic civilisation are welcomed by the religious and sensible Hindus of India with a jubilant hope. Only a few socialists headed by Pandit J Nehru have created a bubble of resentment against the present government of
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