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Ok, now to the topic at hand, an issue which I have been pondering about for a while. So, last week, it was Dr. Ambedkar’s birthday and like every other political party in the country, the RSS/BJP went all out to celebrate it. But pick up any political website, Firstpost, Troll, DailyO, not to mention rags like Wire and Catchnews and you will find these articles giving “gyaan” to the RSS and mocking them for celebrating Dr. Ambedkar. Well, what kind of “gyaan”? You know, contemptuously telling the RSS to “first do this or that” if they want to be worthy of celebrating Ambedkar. You know, something like this:
I am not gonna pick on this one article, because I want to hit out at the whole genre. The crux of all these articles is quite the same, something like : caste system caused great injustices and Dr. Ambedkar was against those injustices and therefore it is hypocritical for RSS to celebrate him. In other words, they want the RSS for some reason to have a guilty conscience when it comes to Dr. Ambedkar and the injustices caused by the caste system.
What? Why on earth? Why on earth, why?
Yet, this underlying assumption runs through the entire gamut of India’s liberal intelligentsia. But the more you think about it, the less sense it makes. And the RSS does not have the ecosystem to fight back. So be it the birthday of Dr. Ambedkar or the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, the RSS is singled out and made to stand in a corner by our intellectuals as punishment for crimes it had absolutely nothing to do with.
First, take Dr. Ambedkar and the injustices of the caste system:
Did the RSS invent the caste system? No, the caste system had existed for a minimum of 3500 years before the RSS was created.
Did the RSS cause the injustices due to the caste system? No! Even the history books written by Commies attribute the rise of Buddhism and Jainism in India to injustices of the caste system in the so called “Later Vedic Age”. Those are the years 1100 BCE to 500 BCE and therefore nearly 2500 years before the RSS was born!
What about the upper caste domination of the RSS leadership? Yes, what about it? Due to their historical advantages, upper castes typically had the education and the wealth to lead political and intellectual movements during British rule. The exact same thing holds for the Congress and the Commies. In fact, the feudal leadership of the Congress, based purely on bloodline, is *exactly* the inherited privilege that systematically oppressed lower castes. As Rohith Vemula pointed out, the Commies haven’t had a Dalit in their politburo for 51 years! The BJP has just formed its first majority government ever and has already provided a Prime Minister from a backward caste! At the very first opportunity, the RSS is trying to diversify its appeal and bring the socially backward within its fold. What is wrong with that? Lest people have forgotten, the BJP casually cast aside veteran Brahmin leader Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi in Varanasi to make way for Narendra Modi. Because Modi was more qualified at that moment. When is the Dynasty going to make way in Amethi? They can’t find someone more qualified than Pappu? Really 🙂 ?
What about Arun Shourie being critical of Dr. Ambedkar? Again, what about it? It’s a democracy…of course there is one guy who doesn’t like Ambedkar. What about the Congress that opposed Ambedkar tooth and nail and prevented him from being elected to the Lok Sabha multiple times? What about the Congress that didn’t give him a Bharat Ratna, even as Nehru and Indira were busy giving themselves that honor?
What about Dr. Ambedkar criticizing Hinduism? The RSS is pro-Hindu, so it must be anti-Ambedkar, right? Again, why on earth? Dr. Ambedkar said that the real aim of Commies is to overthrow the Indian state. So, how come the Commies can happily claim to be “Ambedkarites” on every campus and no one calls them hypocrites? Ambedkar was a fierce opponent of Article 370, so how come he can’t be “natural allies” with Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee? Ambedkar actually wanted a complete exchange of religious populations at the time of partition….so you know he would be the most “communal” person ever 🙂 Even Pravin Togadia won’t dare to tell every single peaceful to go to Pakistan.
As you can see, the strange accusations made against the RSS are so silly that they can be refuted by less than 2-3 minutes of thought each. The problem is that we don’t have people in the intellectual sphere repeating these arguments out aloud for everyone to hear.
This kind of unfair historical blame heaped on the RSS goes far beyond the caste system and Ambedkar. Another favorite argument of the liberals is that the RSS is “fascist” and allegedly an “admirer” of Adolf Hitler. I have never actually been shown real evidence of this, but the evidence is rumored to consist of some quotes and writings from RSS members admiring Hitler in the 1930s.
This smear is pathetic. And the only reason the RSS is stuck with it is because it has no hold among the liberal ecosystem. We are talking about pre-independence India here, where a conquered nation was trying to cope intellectually in various ways with its subjugation. There were several visions of India at that time, various paths and they actually all respected each other. If we were take “who admired who” at that time and stretch the blame to the modern era, we would be going around in silly circles…indeed let’s have some fun with this:
A) Bhagat Singh was a Communist. He was hanged for killing police officer John Saunders. And why did Bhagat Singh kill Saunders? Because he wanted to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai of the Hindu Mahasabha!!! So, Bhagat Singh was actually a Wahabi Hindu 🙂
B) Mahatma Gandhi led the Khilafat movement for the creation of an Islamic Khalifa in the Middle East. Umm…Islamic Khalifa…you mean…like the Caliph Abu Baqr Al-Baghdadi? There you have it folks, Mahatma Gandhi was actually a supporter of ISIS 🙂 ROFL!
C) Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose actually went to Germany and Japan and raised an army to fight the British in the Second World War. So, there you have it again, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was a NAZI!
So, who’s the patriot? Who’s the Nazi admirer? Who’s the ISIS supporter? The only sensible thing to admit would be that World War-II marked a great upheaval in human history and thought. To go pre-war now and pull out a couple of quotes here and there as “evidence” is just plain malafide. It is time for Right Wing voices in India to speak up against this unfair victimization in the public sphere.
You know who actually deserves to be shamed? The bloody Comrades who STILL have portraits of mass murderers like Stalin and Mao on their walls. Pick up any issue of “People’s Democracy” and you can read the party boss exhorting his cadres to be like Stalin and Mao. EVEN TODAY. If someone needs to be shamed, those would be the guys…