I don’t think I have ever written a blog post on Dhirendra Jha’s rants in Scroll.in. The main reason is that I feel sorry for the man, because his rabid anti-BJP hate has led him to loose touch with reality. Every week or so, I find another article of his in Scroll, predicting the political demise of the BJP for some reason or another. In that sense, Dhirendra Jha is like “Baghdad Bob”, the comical character who was Saddam Hussein’s information minister during 2003. “Baghdad Bob”, or “Comical Ali” as some had nicknamed him, would go on air everyday and give these unreal descriptions of how American troops were actually suffering crushing defeats at the hands of Saddam’s Army…even as US forces were sweeping easily across Iraq.
But today I will talk about Dhirendra Jha, because he has touched upon a topic that is a pet peeve of mine:
Ah! The infamous promise, even if it existed. Time and again I have seen this “promise” thrown in the face of the RSS/BJP on TV debates as if making a point. I have seen Congis do it, I have seen rabid AAPtards do it. What baffles me is that the nonsense about this “broken promise” is never challenged on air, neither by BJP spokespersons and even less by anchors.
Let’s read for instance, from what Dhirendra Jha has written:
“When Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat delivered his Vijaya Dashmi speech in Nagpur on Tuesday, he almost seemed like a powerful politician of a ruling party.”
Why did Mohan Bhagwat sound like a powerful politician of a ruling party? Umm…er…because he is! You have any objections?
As I said before, the matter of this so called promise baffles me whenever I see it come up. I cannot for the life of me imagine how BJP’s opponents see it as a valid political issue against the RSS/BJP. Just see what Dhirendra Jha admits himself:
“After all, the RSS had taken a pledge in 1949 – as it desperately tried to wriggle out of the ban imposed on it following Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination – that it would act solely as a cultural organisation without any political overtones.”
Now I don’t know the exact history of this, but let’s assume that every single word Dhirendra Jha has written is 100% true! So, what? Let’s just assume that Nehru imposed a ban on RSS and refused to lift the ban until the RSS gave a guarantee that it would not pursue politics. I am struggling to see how this makes the RSS look bad. It makes RSS look like the victim of Nehru’s dictatorship, no?
I got news for you Dhirendra Jha. The right to pursue politics is a fundamental right every citizen of India should have. If in the past there has been a power mad Prime Minister like Nehru who has banned an organization and forced them at gunpoint to give up their constitutional rights, then the shame is on that brutal dictator, not on the people who were forced to surrender their rights.
And let me tell you this Dhirendra Jha. You and all other secularists who throw this broken promise of the RSS in the face of them today are the most disgusting people on earth. You have to be true lowlives to tell certain citizens of India that they should have no right to contest elections in their own country, because decades ago, their ideological ancestors were forced to give up that right at gunpoint. Shame on you!
Let me tell you a story. It is well known that slavery was ended in the United States by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. It is a relatively less known that before the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln passed in 1862 an Act that freed the slaves in Washington DC (because the capital is under direct control of the Federal Govt and not inside any state). The crucial difference is that in Washington DC, the slaves were freed by the Federal Govt after paying compensation, i.e., the slaves were freed but only after the owners were compensated for the “property” they were losing. Now imagine today if a dispute were to arise over the compensation from 150 years ago. Would you ask the descendants of slaves from Washington DC to become slaves again?
Would that be disgusting? That’s what you are doing, dear Dhirendra Jha.
Let it go. Slavery was an abomination. The slaves are free today. No one cares if the slave owners got proper compensation. Screw them! Just like that, RSS is free to express itself today. No one cares and no one should care if the promise made to dictator Nehru has been violated. What Nehru did to the RSS was an abomination and a blot on our democracy. The RSS is no longer his slave and they have no obligation, moral or otherwise to stick to any “deal” that Nehru might have struck with them in exchange for their natural human rights. Thanks!