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Analyzing RSS: Will it ever resort to terrorism?

By: U. Mahesh Prabhu
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CNN-IBN, the Indian news (and entertainment?) television channel, seems to be recklessly behind Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to "expose" it as a "terror" organization. Its correspondent Bhupendra Chaubey seem to be dead sure about RSS"s involvement in "Mecca Masjid Blast Case" (see "RSS under scanner for links to Hindu terrorists"); just like those Islamic clerics, Indian Muslim apologists as well as Communists, who are desperate to prove existence of a "Hindu Terrorism". Chubey "claims" that CBI has "interrogated the RSS leaders". Interestingly the investigating agency "disapproves" of it. So what"s the basis for these claims? "? We have access to investigation reports." suggests Chubey. Yawn! This is boring - to say the least. An old trick used by these channels to "thrill" it"s viewers. There is an old saying, which Chaubey don"t seem to know. Let me help to jog his memory: "Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me."

If CNN-IBN and it"s pompous team tend to believe that they can take the Indian public for ride forever with this stupid trick then they have grossly underestimated the intelligence of Indian masses. Indians are no idiots. They smartly apply their mind. If not for their ability to see through why would Narendra Modi continue to hold his office? After all, the telly channel"s vicious propaganda was so phenomenal! That none cares for these propaganda and claims - other than twits in select-metros - must have been evident to them, already.

However, one question which will bother people is: following the trend of the Jihadists in this country, will RSS some day retort to terrorism? I have a candid answer for this. NEVER!

Why? When the RSS was started it did had a rebellious and revolutionary tendencies like that of Bhagath Singh and Chandra Shekhar azad. They didn"t really follow Gandhi during their formative years. But as the time passed they realized that they won"t stand a chance if they sought to violence. This is because Indian"s, specifically Hindus, are mostly "peace loving". Besides, after the founding of Jana Sangh, now BJP, RSS has realized the benefits of "remote controlling". If you observer in any Indian state where BJP is in power RSS has its say in the state government to a great extent. They get their work done, somehow. Besides, when the government is in mess they aren"t blamed for it though at times they may also be the reason.

Today"s RSS - I am sad to say - is a clumsy dinosaur. It is "huge", supposedly "well disciplined" and "very nationalistic in spirit". But it is also bureaucratic and its leadership has serious problem understanding anything other than politics. They have stuck their heads into the past and have lost their foresight to look into the future.

All they seek today is political power; not direct - but indirect. It has lost its grand mission. It hardly speaks of Akhanda Bharath - Undivided India or the grand Swadeshi. Since the advent of mobile phones one can hardly see any visible activity of their Swadeshi ideology. Several of it"s nationalistic cadres have drifted away from them - though quietly - and are now eagerly looking forward for a good leadership in Swami Ramdev"s Bharath Swabhiman Andolan (BSA).

The RSS "mission" is now limited to its publicity materials. It"s now an organization where people join and serve as "pracharaks" to get a berth in its political arm - BJP. One of the greatest reason today for people not to have a crossed relationship with RSS is to ensure access to BJP. RSS is now a political organization and no more a "cultural organization" as it claims to be. Ram Janma Bhumi, Uniform Civil Code and other ideas it once proposed to implement are now only on papers. Just like Congress it too has retorted to Muslim appeasement. Haj subsidy was increased very much during the BJP reign at the center under the leadership of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Recently one of my good friends and editor of Hindu Voice, P. Deviamuthu, proposed in his editorial that "BJP should dilute itself and join Baba Ramdev"s Bharath Swabhiman Andolan." Noble idea - indeed! However, I can assure that it will never happen for the reason being: Without RSS, BJP can"t survice and vice versa. If Hindus wish to pursue the dream of a peaceful and united India then they have to look beyond RSS and BJP.

U. Mahesh Prabhu

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