No place for minorities in India

Ali Sukhanver

RASHTRIYA Swayamsevak Sangh commonly known as the RSS is an organization which claims to struggle for giving India back its ‘lost identity’ as a Hindu state. The RSS was founded in 1925 as an anti-colonial organisation. It claims to promote a fundamentally different vision that draws on a mixture of Hindu legends and ancient Indian history.
The philosophy followed by the RSS the BJP and by Mr Modi is known as the Hindutva philosophy but the modern and moderate members of the Indian society name this philosophy as the Hindutva Terror; a philosophy which has simply become a serious threat to all those who are not Hindus by creed. While discussing RSS and BJP and their linkage with Mr. Modi, it must be kept in mind that Hindutva is something altogether different from Hinduism.
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian pro-independence activist, lawyer, politician, poet, writer and playwright. He was the person who first time coined the term Hindutva. He advocated dismantling the system of caste in Hindu culture, and reconversion of the converted Hindus back to Hindu religion. His concepts of the Hindutva are narrated in his book ‘Essentials of Hindutva’. RSS General Secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji once explained the Hindutva philosophy for common people in very simple words, “Hindustan means land of Hindus; so anyone living here is automatically a Hindu first.”
A report published in the Reuters titled ‘Battling for India’s soul’ says, “An ascendant Hindu nationalist group wants minority Muslims and Christians to accept that India is a nation of Hindus, and is pushing some of them to convert. The move against the Muslim and Christian minorities in India is being fully supported and supervised by the RSS.” In short the joint agenda of the RSS, the BJP and of Mr. Modi is to push India into a civil war against the minorities in India including the Muslims and the Christians. No one knows what would be the end-state of this war against minorities but one thing is very much clear that RSS, BJP and Mr. Modi; all are dreaming of changing the secular society of India into a Hindu extremist society.
A professor of political science at the University of Delhi Shamsul Islam is a world-known scholarly figure. He penned down an article in the Daily Indian Express a few month back with the title, ‘RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims’. He said giving reference to the daily Organiser of August 14, 1947, “Just on the eve of Independence when Indians were celebrating the newly freedom, the paper denigrated the choice of our National Flag in the following words, ‘The people who have come to power by the kick of fate may give in our hands the Tricolour but it never be respected and owned by Hindus.
The word three is in itself an evil, and a flag having three colours will certainly produce a very bad psychological effect and is injurious to a country.’ RSS hated every symbol of democratic-secular Indian polity.” Shamsul Islam further said. “The RSS is the ideological parent of the BJP,” said the Hindustan Times a few month back in a report. The report narrated, “The Modi government has appointed RSS sympathizers to prominent positions in recent months. This includes the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India, chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research and a board member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. BJP president Amit Shah and seven members of Modi’s cabinet also joined RSS in their youth. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was once an RSS official and went on to lead the BJP, is now pushing for a nationwide ban on cow slaughter.”
In short the situation in India for the Muslims, for the Christians and for other minorities is getting worse and worse. The Hindu extremists are depriving the minorities of all basic human rights. Mr. Modi has become a symbol of threat and horror for the crushed ones. But more shocking and heart-rending thing for them is the strong support of the Western forces which the Modi government is enjoying endlessly.
—The writer is freelance columnist based in Multan.
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