RSS/BJP BHARAT RATNA NOMINEE SAVARKAR JOINED HANDS WITH BRITISH MASTERS IN CRUSHING QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT
The Quit India Movement (QIM) also known
as ‘August Kranti‘ (August Revolution) was a nation-wide Civil
Disobedience Movement for which a call was given on August 7, 1942 by
the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee. It was to begin on
August 9 as per Gandhi’s call to ‘Do or Die’ in his Quit India speech delivered
in Bombay at the Gowalia Tank Maidan on August 8. Since then August 9 is
celebrated as August Kranti Divas.
The British swiftly responded with mass
detentions on August 8th itself. Over 100,000 arrests were made which included
the total top leadership of Congress including Gandhi, mass fines were levied
and demonstrators were subjected to public flogging. Hundreds of civilians were
killed in violence, many shot by the police and army. Many national leaders
went underground and continued their struggle by broadcasting messages over
clandestine radio stations, distributing pamphlets and establishing parallel
governments. Innumerable patriotic Indians were shot dead for the crime that
they were holding Tricolour publically. Even before that a terrible massacre
took place in Mysore where the armed forces of Mysore Raja who was very close
to Hindu Mahasabha and RSS shot dead 22 Congress activists for saluting
It is to be noted that after declaring
Congress an anti-national and unlawful organization, the British masters
allowed only Hindu Mahasabha and the Muslim League to function. The Hindutva
camp ganged up to serve the British masters. They not only opposed QIM but also
provided multi-faceted and multi-dimensional support to the British rulers in
suppressing this historic mass upsurge. In this connection, shocking documents
are available; these should be read to be believed.
SAVARKAR’S CALL FOR ”RESPONSIVE COOPERATION’
WITH BRITISH RULERS
While addressing the 24th session of the
Hindu Mahasabha at Cawnpore (now Kanpur) in 1942, Savarkar outlined the
strategy of the Hindu Mahasabha of co-operating with the British in the
“The Hindu Mahasabha holds that the leading
principle of all practical politics is the policy of Responsive Co-operation.
And in virtue of it, it believes that all those Hindu Sangathanists who are
working as councillors, ministers, legislators and conducting any municipal or
any public bodies with a view to utilize those centres of government power to
safeguard and even promote the legitimate interests of the Hindus without, of
course, encroaching on the legitimate interests of others are rendering a
highly patriotic service to our nation…The policy of responsive co-operation
which covers the whole gamut of patriotic activities from unconditional
co-operation right up to active and even armed resistance, will also keep
adapting itself to the exigencies of the time, resources at our disposal and
dictates of our national interest.” [Italics as in the original][i]
HINDUTVA ICON DR SYAMA PRASAD MOOKERJEE
DEPUTY CM IN THE BENGAL MUSLIM LEAGUE MINISTRY TOOK UP THE RESPONSIBILITY OF
CRUSHING QIM IN BENGAL
Following the Hindu Mahasabha directive to
co-operate with the British, the Hindutva icon, Dr. Mookerjee assured the
British masters through a letter dated July 26, 1942. Shockingly, it read:
“Let me now refer to the situation that may
be created in the province as a result of any widespread movement launched by
the Congress. Anybody, who during the war, plans to stir up mass feeling,
resulting internal disturbances or insecurity, must be resisted by any
Government that may function for the time being”[ii]
The second-in-command of the Hindu
Mahasabha, Dr Mookerjee, also the deputy chief minister in Bengal Muslim league
ministry in a letter to the British Bengal governor on behalf of Hindu
Mahasabha and Muslim League made it clear that both these parties looked at the
British rulers as saviours of Bengal against QIM launched by Congress. Assuring
him, the letter said:
“Indian have to trust the British, not for
the sake for Britain, not for any advantage that the British might gain, but
for the maintenance of the defence and freedom of the province itself.”[iii]
With this anti-national record of the
‘Veer’ Savarkar available in the Hindu Mahasabha archives itself; it would be shameless
denigration of hundreds of martyrs and victims of the British colonialists
during QIM if Savarkar is honoured with Bharat Ratna. No self-respecting nation
should allow it to happen.
October, 19, 2019
[i] Cited in V.D. Savarkar, Samagra Savarkar Wangmaya: Hindu
Rashtra Darshan, vol. 6, Maharashtra Prantik Hindu Sabha, Poona, 1963, p. 474.
[ii] Mookherjee, Shyama Prasad, Leaves from a Dairy,
Oxford University Press. p. 179.
[iii] [Cited in A G. Noorani, The RSS and the BJP: A Division of Labour. LeftWord Books, p. 56–57.
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