A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
In conversation with The Wire, political scientist Jyotirmaya Sharma talks about the dangers of M.S. Golwalkar’s views, the uselessness of the ICPR and more.
“Shri Golwalkar was pained to find how the concept of ‘Hindu Rashtra’ was misconstrued and maligned. He was annoyed to see that our glorious heritage is distorted and derided by our own people.”
The Hindutva right has taken to comparing vigilante killers with India’s freedom fighters, which not only sanitises the image of murderers but denigrates the independence movement.
Throughout India’s freedom struggle, the RSS was subservient to the British, with its leadership prohibiting participation in mass movements.
Just as M.N. Roy moved away from Marxism and Nehru from the socialism of his earlier years, the Jana Sangh leader left the Hindu nationalism of Golwalkar to chart his own course
The RSS and the BJP have no option but to choose between Manu and Ambedkar.
With the Sangh Parivar extolling Ambedkar as part of its political agenda, it is important to debunk the myth of him being anti-Muslim. With excerpts from Ambedkar on Muslims by Anand Teltumbde, published by Vak Publication.
It is almost certain that he and Amit Shah will not be able to run the party with the same level of centralised control as they do now if the NDA fails to do as well as expected in Bihar.
The earlier coyness of the RSS is gone. It will now play an even bigger role in Indian politics