Are You Joking Mr Nadda?

The president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J P Nadda in conversation with journalists, Liz Mathew and P VaidyanathanIyer (The Indian Express, Delhi, May 18, 2024) claimed that “RSS is a cultural organisation and we are a political organisation… It’s (RSS is) an ideological front. The RSS and the BJP have their own areas of working very clearly established”.

It was not for the first time that this lie was spoken about relationship between RSS and BJP. Organiser, English mouthpiece of the RSS, in its editorial of February 6, 2000 relied on this lie when wrote:

“The RSS is not a political party. It does not take part in elections nor its office bearers are supposed to become office bearers of any political party. The RSS has neither election symbol nor its leadership or members have ever endeavoured to seek political office. It is a social-cultural organisation trying to inspire all national activity.”

While delivering a speech on March 16, 1954, in Sindi, Wardha, Golwalkar who headed the RSS after the death of K B Hedgewar said,

“If we say that we are part of the organisation and accept its discipline then selectiveness has no place in life. Do what is told. If told to play kabaddi, play kabaddi; told to hold meeting then meeting…. For instance some of our friends were told to go and work for politics that does not mean that they have great interest or inspiration for it. They don’t die for politics like fish without water. If they are told to withdraw from politics then also there is no objection. Their discretion is just not required.”

Again while addressing the leading RSS cadres at Indore on March 5, 1960 he said:

“We know this also that some of our Swayamsevaks work in politics. There they have to organise according to the needs of work public meetings, processions etc., have to raise slogans. All these things have no place in our work. However, like the character in a play whatever role has been assigned should be portrayed with best of capability. But sometimes Swayamsevaks go beyond the role assigned to a performer (nat) as they develop over-zealousness in their hearts, to the extent that they become useless for this work. This is not good.”

Golwalkar is referring here to the Swayamsevaks loaned to political satellite as ‘nat’ or performers who are meant to dance to the tunes of the RSS. This fact should not be missed here that Golwalkar’s above design of controlling the political arm was elaborated in March 1960 almost nine years after the establishment of Jan Sangh (the forerunner of the BJP) in 1951.

The RSS leadership keeps on harping that BJP is an independent political organisation and does not work under the dictates of the RSS. It is pertinent that one compares this information with the facts available in the official publications of the RSS. The central publication house of the RSS, the SuruchiPrakashan, has published a book, ParamVaibhavKe Path Par (The Road to Glory) in 1997 giving details of more than 40 organisations created by the RSS for different tasks. The BJP as a political organisation figures prominently in it, clubbed with the ABVP, Hindu Jagaran Manch, Vishva Hindu Parishad, SwadeshiJagaranManch and Sanskar Bharti.

In this book the BJP figures at number 3 in the list of prominent organisations created by the RSS. This book gives details of the creation and development of Bharatiya Jan Sangh (the forerunner of the BJP) and then BJP by the RSS for purposes laid down by the latter. It is to be noted that PM of India and his senior ministers, most of the present BJP chief ministers and Governors publically declare to be RSS cadres. JP Nadda too proudly declares to be a member of RSS.

(Contributed by Shamsul Islam)

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Vol 56, No. 50, Jun 9 - 15, 2024