Mohan Bhagwat: Distorted History-Sectarian Agenda of RSS

Dr. Ram Puniyani
Dr. Ram Puniyani

Was the RSS really changing?

In a series of lectures in Vigyan Bhavan in 2018, Mohan Bhagwat spoke in a language due to which many insiders and many commentators outside the Sangh felt that it is a major moment for RSS and it is changing drastically.

New Mohan Bhagwat in ‘Golwalkar 2.0’ Avatar.

The RSS supremo went to the extent of reciting the preamble of the Indian Constitution and upheld secularism and socialism. In the recent interview with its mouth pieces, (Panchjanya and Organiser January 2023) the language is changed to what can be said to be ‘Golwlakar 2.0’.

What does Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ say about Muslims, Christians and Communists?

Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’, which is not much quoted by the Sangh ideologues these days, argues that Muslims, Christians and Communists are internal threats to the Hindu Nation. In his other book, ‘We or Our Nationhood Defined’, this ideologue asserts that we are a Hindu nation from times immemorial and that minorities should be given the same treatment what Germans gave to the Jews and other weaker sections of society in Germany.

Mohan Bhagwat is repeating Golwalkar’s formula in a new style

Now when Bhagwat says, that the threat is not from outside but from inside, he is repeating Golwalkar’s formulation. In his earlier pronouncements, he had been trying to gain legitimacy to the extent that a section of the Muslim elite went to have a dialogue with him. Now in the present circumstances, it seems that Bhagwat wants to show the RSS agenda in its blunt form. So he states that ‘Hindu’ has been on war for the last thousand years and now ‘Hindu’ has woken up.  As per him, there is no harm to the Muslims living today in Bharat. If they wish to stick to their faith, they can. If they want to return to the faith of their ancestors, they may. It is entirely their choice”. Also, they have to give up their sense of superiority. He covers a wide range of topics from cruel Muslim invasion to illegal immigrants, to accommodating transgender among others.

As per him, there is nothing to fear for Muslims, only they should become used to occasional beatings in trains like Asim Hussain, they should become used to boycott on the pretext of Corona jihad or land (Shaheen bagh, Haldwani) or UPSC jihad among others.

There is a consistent theme in his pronouncements and that reasserts the RSS understanding of the ‘Hindu Nation from times immemorial’! Was this the identity and religion of the people living here all through? Was the South Asian community a homogenous mass living under one Republic or monarch?

The present concept of Nation state is a just few centuries old and earlier there were pastoral groups, followed by Kingdoms, which were at loggerheads with each other. It was not Hindu versus others.

Mohan Bhagwat Vigyan Bhaean
Mohan Bhagwat Vigyan Bhaean
Are Hindus at war for 1000 years? Know what history says

Just a small example will suffice Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for establishing his kingdom had to defeat Chandra Rao More another Hindu king. His armies plundered in Surat and Bengal. In Bengal, Maratha army plundered recklessly including the rich trader Jagat Seth.

In his battle against Aurangzeb, he had Muslim Generals like Ibrahim Gardi and Daulat Khan. Aurangzeb had sent his top officer Raj Jaisingh to contain Shivaji Maharaj. So what is this, ‘Hindu is at war from 1000 years’? It is basically history related to diverse kingdoms and not people. Again a single example, it was Rana Sanga who invited Babar to come to join him in the battle against Ibrahim Lodi.

In the Bhima Koregaon battle, the Peshwas army had Arab Muslim mercenaries, in another instance, Rana Pratap had thousand Pathan soldiers in his army which took on Akbar in Haldighati.

The real struggle had been at the social level, the upper caste domination and atrocities against the lower caste, so very well pointed out by Swami Vivekananda. Kings’ administrations were mixed and people interacted at a social level giving rise to our culture, which had an admixture of the best of the traditions irrespective of from which religion they came. The whole edifice of RSS ideology is to hide the caste/varna atrocities of our history and to deflect the battle of Kings and rule of different Muslim kings, particularly Mughals. So in their projection on one side, there are Muslim aggressors and another side “Hindu”! Totally illogical way of presenting history!

RSS adorns the garb of representing Hindus and puts itself as ‘Hindu’, who has woken up. As ‘Hindu’ has been at war and woken up during the last two decades and is in a ‘hyper state’ for the last eight years is to be accepted and not to be feared of as per Bhagwat. This ‘waking up’, has stepped up the violence against Muslim-Christian minorities. This woken-up Hindu is represented by the likes of Dara Singh, (killer 0f Pastor Stains) or Shambhulal Regar who killed Afrazul or those who have been indulging in the lynching of Muslims on the pretext of cow beef. As he is stating that Muslims have nothing to fear, bulldozers are delivering justice to Muslims in particular, while another set is intimidating Christian missionaries in Adivasi areas in particular.

What does the Human Rights Watch report 2022 say about the atrocities on Muslims in India?

Human Rights Watch report 2022, points out that home demolitions are being used more and more brutally against Muslims in India. Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen states that the exercise of CAA is weakening the Muslim minority and strengthening Hindu Majoritarianism. As far as Muslim superiority is concerned, some communal thinkers amongst Muslims, the elite sections did try to generalize the ‘we Muslims were the rulers’; this was parallel and opposite to ‘This has been a Hindu Rashtra’. The atrocities, beef lynching’s, and love jihad intimidations are not due to the ‘superiority’ feeling among Muslims. It is the enfoldment of the agenda of Hate constructed by Hindu majoritarianism.

Why has the language of Sarsanghchalak changed from his 2018 speeches in Vigyan Bhavan?

There may be many reasons for Mohan Bhagwat to be more forthright than sugarcoating his agenda earlier. Many state elections are due in 2023 and General Elections are due in 2024. The polarization around identity issues seems to be the main instrument in its hands. As Amit Shah, has already blown the conch for next elections by saying that Ram Temple will be ready by January 2024. Bhagawat is operating on same wavelength. The massive response to Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra may be another factor.

Another point may be to put forward a subtle defence for those spewing Hate like Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur (Sharpen your knives) or likes of Yeti Narsinghnand (40% Hindus will be killed if a Muslim becomes a PM). It may also be a signal for its other foot soldiers to carry on their work irrespective of the criticism they face and odd Court rulings which may be critical of their actions. His insinuation about the ‘balance of population’ is also unwarranted as the fertility rate among women, including Muslim women is also falling.

‘Hindus society has awakened: Natural to be aggressive’, this ‘Bhagwat speak’ totally contravenes what the greatest Hindu of the 20th Century, Mahatma Gandhi, gave the call of peace and non-violence, compassion and love.

Ram Puniyani

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Dr Ram Puniyani
DR Ram Puniyani. Writer/social activist & public speaker work for human rights Indian history unite india. Ram Puniyani (born 25 August 1945) is a former professor of biomedical engineering and former senior medical officer affiliated with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He began his medical career in 1973 and served IIT in various capacities for 27 years, beginning 1977. He has been involved with human rights activities and initiatives to oppose Hindu fundamentalism in India and is currently the President of the Executive Council of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS). DR Ram Puniyani is associated with various secular initiatives and has been part of various investigation reports on violation of human rights of minorities. He has also served as part of an Indian People's Tribunal that investigated the violation of the rights of minorities in the states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh. He was awarded the 2002 Maharashtra Foundation (US) award for Social awareness about the threat of Communal Politics. National Communal Harmony Award.

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