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RSS and the concept of India

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There is a distinct attempt by the RSS and its allies to detract from the enormous contribution that Gandhi, Tagore, Nehru and others had in India's freedom movement by positing "alternatives" such as Patel, Bhagat Singh and Bose. Never you mind that the latter leaders, had they been alive would have been (and in their lifetime often were) far more scathing of the Sangh and its religiosity than the former (who felt it was important to accomodate diversity in political thought). The real reason is that the RSS wants to shift the spotlight around so that it would never shine on the fact they (and some of their allies) not only often stayed away from protests against British Rule, but often collaborated with the British in their divide-and-rule strategy.

Here is some evidence of the current absurdities.

Nehru (and Patel and Ambedkar) wanted us to build a modern united nation. Traditional Hinduism is based on a (set-theoretic) union of (sometimes co-operating, sometimes fighting) communities, each with its own rituals and rules and exclusion principles. At their heart, the hard-core Sanghis are "neighbour-haters", they hate having to live and work side-by-side with people whose lifestyles and beliefs are different from their own.

If you don't believe me, just ask the next Sanghi you meet how much they know about the people of a faraway (for them) region of India; or ask them if they like the people from their neighbouring state.

The Sangh does not believe in India, whatever they may tell you. So don't be fooled.

  1. There is a strong anti-Congress sentiment among the people for a variety of reasons. The Sangh is trying to take a free ride on this. This is why you will see "congi" used as a denigratory term by Sangh supporters; they know that their opponent (very likely) dislikes being identified with the Congress.


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