On the face of it, the acrobatics of Modi government may appear puzzling to all those who are not familiar with the origin and goal of the Sangh. In 1925, the RSS was formed not to fight for India’s independence but to oppose ” the yavan-snakes (Muslims), who reared on the milk of non- cooperation were provoking riots in the nation with their poisonous hissing.” In course of time, the anti-Muslim feeling developed into an intense hostility and enmity. M. S. Golwarkar (Guru to generations of Sanghis) did not mince words when he exhorted the Hindus in the following words:
“Hindus, do not waste your energy fighting the British. Save it to fight the internal enemies that are the Muslims, the Christians and the Communists.”
Towards the end of 1930s , when India’s independence appeared not too far, he began planning the India of his dream : an India in which all would not be equal , but an India in which his declared ‘internal enemies ‘ (Muslims and Christians ) would be reduced to ‘subordinated’ inhabitants and not citizens enjoying equal status, rights and respect due to the citizens of a democratic country. Golwarkar did not try to conceal the blue print of his Hindu nation (Rashtra) and the place of the Muslims and Christians in it. In his book We or Our Nationhood Defined ( 1938 ) , he again does not mince words and unambiguously writes about the position of the two minorities in ‘his India’ or Hindu nation (Rashtra ) :
“…The non-Hindu people in Hindustan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and revere Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but the glorification of the Hindu nation i.e. They must not only give up their attitude of intolerance and ingratitude towards this land and its age-old traditions, but must also cultivate the positive attitude of love and devotion instead ; in one word they must cease to be foreigners or may stay in the country wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation ,claiming nothing ,deserving no privileges , far less any preferential treatment ,not even citizen’s rights.”
Sangh hated Gandhi, Nehru and the Indian National Congress as enemies for their idea of India, which was a total rejection of Gwardar’s Hindu nation.
In the same book, he calls all freedom fighters ‘traitors ‘ barring a few simpletons. The Sangh’s new found love for Netaji, Patel, Bhagat Singh or any other freedom fighter is a strategically determined opportunism.
The Sangh had totally rejected the constitution of the country.
The main ground of rejection was its being based on foreign constitutions ignoring the Manu smriti and ancient Indian system. Since democracy and equality of the individuals were not part of their envisaged Hindu nation, it did not occur to them that ancient India had nothing to offer to an India aspiring to be a thriving democracy. The Sangh’s war against the Indian constitution has been continuing without a break. They could not destroy it in an open war and now are determined to sabotage it from within.
The bogey of ‘love jihad’ , the threat to Hindus from the imaginary fast rising population of Muslims , questioning of a Muslims’ loyalty to India , the ‘ Ghar Wapasi ‘ movement , selective banning of beef eating in the States with sizable Muslim population , engineering lynching of Muslims with impunity and the bogey of threat from Pakistan (which is too weak to pose us any real threat ) have been a strategy to generate sufficient poison to create enmity towards the Muslims. The National Register of Citizens followed by the Citizens Amendment Act are also a step in the direction of their unrealised dream of India as a Hindu Rashtra.
Indian democracy is under a grave threat because Sangh’s goal is unbelievable without complete demolition of its present constitution.
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