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B Raman: Congress out to demonise RSS

Last updated on: December 23, 2010 15:20 IST

The Congress is out to demonise the RSS

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By demonising the RSS as a terrorist and Nazi-like organisation, the Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi seeks to insult millions of Hindus in this country, warns B Raman

The exercise initiated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her cohorts at the just concluded 83rd plenary of the party -- to have the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh projected and demonised as a Hindu terrorist organisation comparable to the Nazi groups of World War II and the more recent Islamic terrorist organisations -- speaks of the mental confusion that prevails at the senior level of her party.

It also highlights the total bankruptcy of thinking and the total indifference to sensitive issues that have become the defining characteristics of the party under her leadership in recent months.

It is a fact that some members of the Hindu community had during the last three or four years taken to acts of reprisal terrorism against the Muslim community at Malegaon, Hyderabad and Ajmer. It also seems to be a fact that the Hindus suspected to have been involved in these acts of reprisal terrorism were ideologically close to some Hindutva groups, including the RSS. The suspected role of some regional office-bearers of the RSS in motivating those Hindus, who had taken to terrorism, is presently under investigation.


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RSS has been surprised and embarrassed

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But there has been no evidence so far that the RSS as an organisation had any role in encouraging acts of reprisal against Muslims or in motivating those who had taken to terrorism. The RSS and its leaders seem to have been as surprised and embarrassed by the activities of these elements as other sections of Hindu society.

In the past, there had been instances of some Hindus indulging in acts of sporadic violence against Muslims in moments of public anger, but there were no instances of any Hindu or group of Hindus taking to deliberately planned acts of terrorism.

Such deliberate and pre-planned acts of terrorism by elements in the Hindu community, including one or two officers of the armed forces, have been a recent phenomenon triggered off by a growing anger in sections of the Hindu community over what they perceived as inaction or inadequate action of the Congress controlled governments in dealing with acts of terrorism by some members of the Muslim community and by jihadi organisations sponsored by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.


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Congress will add to the anger in the Hindu community

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These acts of reprisal terrorism by some members of the Hindu community called for two-pronged action by the government. Firstly, the arrest and prosecution of those involved and secondly, action to address the causes of anger in the Hindu community.

Instead of doing so, the Congress, by launching an unwise and virulent campaign against the RSS, is going to add to the anger in the Hindu community, large sections of which look upon the RSS as an organisation which has been serving the cause of Hinduism in the land of its origin through its religious, social, cultural and humanitarian work.


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Congress should stop its demonisation of RSS

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The Hindus are in an overwhelming majority in this country and they have a right to have organisations such as the RSS to preserve the heritage of their religion and to protect and nourish their religious roots.

By demonising the RSS as a terrorist and Nazi-like organisation, the Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi seeks to insult millions of Hindus in this country and discredit their heritage in the eyes of the rest of the world.

The anti-RSS campaign of the Congress will not only add to the already existing anger in sections of the Hindu community, but it will also play into the hands of Jihadi terrorists by facilitating their objective of aggravating the divide between Hindu and Muslim communities.

Before this campaign starts damaging the relations between the two communities, the Congress should stop its demonisation of the RSS, which would prove counter-productive.


Image: Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

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