RSS presents most lethal internal danger to democratic-secular Indian polity
The rot is old, and extends across the political spectrum. Naxalites never confronted communal groups nor bothered to understand communalism - for them, all political currents are the same. They have never even warned the vigilante gangs who have spread untold havoc in the country. There is no record of the communist parties resisting the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits and the communal temper of the so-called Azaadi movement. This despite the that one of the first victims of terrorism in Kashmir was a CPI leader, A S Ranjoor; not to mention scores of democratic-minded Kashmiri Muslims. Stark hypocrisy stares us in the face, but we always look away. Soon after the Modi government came to power, some of the Sangh cadre were praising Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, and wishing that Jawarharlal Nehru too, had been murdered. Despite all this, many of us like ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, will smile and attend RSS functions - after all its only culture, is it not sir.
Neither Mukherjee nor any of our top opinion-makers will focus on the central issue - the violence that is committed with impunity in the name of nationalism and 'deshbhakti.' This hypocrisy has gone on for so many decades that it has become normalised. None of them care that by undermining the rule of law and bending criminal justice to the dictates of a private army that has been banned three times - beginning with the ban order of February 4, 1948, when Sardar Patel was the Home Minister - they are destroying India's reputation as a law-governed democracy, not to mention the integrity of our society and its institutions. Don't grumble about Maoists, ladies and gentlemen just look in the mirror. You have no problem with violence do you? Just as long as it can bring about communal polarisation and strengthen the rule of the 'Sangh Parivar'. Is that not the simple truth? DS