BJP-RSS want to impose one idea; Opposition will defeat them: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress leader said each state has a "culture, (its) own thinking, own way of expression and food" and that such diversity is the country's strength and not weakness.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2017 7:00 pm
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Accusing the BJP and RSS of “imposing one idea” on a country that embraces diversity, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday insisted that the Opposition will stand as a united force and “fight and defeat” the ideologies of saffron organisations. Addressing reporters in Chennai, the Congress scion said each state had a “culture, (its) own thinking, own way of expression and food” and that such diversity was the country’s strength and not weakness.

Gandhi stated that for the BJP it was “weaknesses and these different ideas need to be crushed… BJP and RSS are under the impression that one idea can be placed on top of India.” He also said he wanted to tell the people of Tamil Nadu and India that “India is not one idea” and that the attitude of the BJP was conveyed by leaders at the DMK event on Saturday.

“India is thousands of different ideas and this one idea of the RSS will never ever crush the thousands of ideas… The central idea we are fighting is the idea of RSS,” Gandhi said after an interaction with Congress workers and leaders.  “We are not going to allow one single idea of the RSS – the bankrupt idea, to invade this country and we are going to fight the RSS together,” he added.

Gandhi also claimed that the BJP believed only people who should be in power in India “are the people who believe in the RSS and anybody else be it Congress or others parties should not exist.”

Commenting on its ally DMK accusation that the Centre is “imposing” Hindi, the Congress leader said all languages needed to be respected.

Reflecting on the prevailing situation in Kashmir, Gandhi blamed the Centre for “mishandling” the situation in the Valley and said that Defence Minister Arun Jaitley brushed aside his concerns saying the region is peaceful. “Around six, seven months ago, Mr. Arun Jaitley came to see me and I told him that they are mishandling Kashmir and they are going to set Kashmir on fire. And Jaitley brushed me aside and said that Kashmir is peaceful,” Rahul told the media in Chennai.

The Congress leader also accused the Modi-led government of treating the Valley as a “political asset”. “They’re creating a problem for this country by their incompetence and by trying to utilize Kashmir as a political asset. Kashmir is India’s strength and they are making it India’s weakness,” he added.

With PTI inputs 

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    Shreya
    Jun 6, 2017 at 11:03 pm
    Can raga ever say something without making himself a laughing stock
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      L bhadrapati Devi
      Jun 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm
      Bbnotc, your only computerized comment is flooding this headline. You fire thousands of missiles without any target. All missile falls in the Arabian Sea.
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        bbnotc
        Jun 5, 2017 at 4:59 pm
        is that the best that you can come up with? can you counter any of the facts that have been put below? you are tongue tied in you guilt. your own RSS leader the killer Dr Kundan Chandrawat - has brazenly admitted to committing the gujarat genocide whose architect was Modi - the world knows that - kindly refrain from making puerile statements - it is a sad reflection of our lack of education, maturity - much like your saffron brethren. have you heard of dialogue and discourse? at best, you have exhibited a lemming like propensity towards saffrondom without a vestige of critical thinking and free thinking - not possible for a saffronite
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          bbnotc
          Jun 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm
          RSS does not own india or hindus. most hindus detest the RSS historically politically and currently. like your lemminglike saffron brethren, you have long lost the ability for free thinking and critical thinking. the bad news for you is that there are lot of people out there with open minds ie open for critical thinking and free thinking and who despise the holy cow hoo haw, cow vigilantes, and incendiary speeches by nobodies and nonen ies from the saffron stables of nagpore. looks as though you have not read any history whatsoever. there was no india to speak of before the advent of the external adversaries- first the muslims, then the british - the former ruled, then the latter colonised it to a w - so they are responsible for creating a unified nation by ru /colonising - of course this kind of narrative is rocket since for the likes of you and your saffron brethren...
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            Jun 5, 2017 at 5:11 pm
            Veer Savarkar stood with British Imperialists against Subhash Chandra Bose. THE Hindutva brigade continues to pretend to have great admiration for Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who attempted to organise a military campaign to force the British out of India. But very few people know about the terrible betrayal of his cause by the Hindu Mahasabha under the leadership of Veer Savarkar. When Netaji, during World War II, was trying to secure foreign support, specially of an, for the liberation of the country and seeking to organise a military attack on the northeast of the country, it was Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, known as Veer Savarkar, who offered full military co-operation to the British masters as early as in 1941. While addressing the 23rd session of the Hindu Mahasabha at Bhagalpur, he said:
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              Jun 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm
              “So far as India’s defence is concerned, Hindudom must ally unhesitatingly, in a spirit of responsive co-operation with the war effort of the Indian Government, insofar as it is consistent with the Hindu interests, by joining the Army, Navy and the Aerial forces in as large a number…Again it must be noted that an’s entry into the war has exposed us directly and immediately to the attack by Britain’s enemies. Consequently, whether we like it or not, we shall have to defend our own hearth and home against the ravages of the war and this can only be done by intensifying the government’s war effort to defend India. Hindu Mahasabhaites must, therefore, rouse Hindus, especially in the provinces of Bengal and am, as effectively as possible to enter the military forces of all arms without losing a single minute.”1
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                bbnotc
                Jun 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm
                When the British Government, in the wake of World War II, decided to raise new battalions of its armed forces, it was the Hindu Mahasabha, under the direct command of Savarkar, that decided to enrol Hindus in a big way in this venture. This is what Savarkar reported to the delegates at the Hindu Mahasabha session at Madura: “Naturally, the Hindu Mahasabha with a true insight into a practical politics decided to parti te in all war efforts of the British Government in so far as they concerned directly with the question of the Indian defence and raising new military forces in India.
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              Jun 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm
              why is bjp not going by savarkar's policy for ending the problem as the writers have mentioned for 1962 war case
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                bbnotc
                Jun 5, 2017 at 3:33 pm
                and what is savarkar's 'policy'?
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                bbnotc
                Jun 5, 2017 at 11:16 am
                BJP and beef - strictly business nothing personal. In a television special program broadcast in the run up to the 2014 general elections in India, part of which has been uploaded on , Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be seen stating that "some of his Jain friends too are ociated with the beef export business". "I have some Jain friends. They too are ociated with this business", Modi is seen as saying in the video. Modi's statement was made in response to the question posed to him by the anchor of the ABP News special program led "Ghoshna-Patra Mein Narendra Modi". During the program, the anchor while pointing out that beef export flourished even during the last BJP-led NDA government and asked Narendra Modi why his government did not take any action. Narendra Modi's response, as shown in the video, was. "Mere kayi Jain mitra haien.. joh is vyapaar mein haien.... (I have some Jain friends. They too are ociated with this business)."
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                  Jun 5, 2017 at 11:16 am
                  Fireb BJP leader Sangeet Som, along with two others, purchased land for a meat processing unit in Aligarh in 2005, reveal registry do ents accessed by Hindustan Times. The do ents show that Som, who was among the directors of Al Dua Food Processing Private Limited along with Moinuddin Qureshi and Yogesh Rawat till March 2008, bought the land for the company
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                    bbnotc
                    Jun 5, 2017 at 11:17 am
                    BJP received Rs 2.50 crore in donations from companies exporting buffalo meat, according to contribution reports for financial years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 submitted to the Election Commission of India. n the run-up to Lok Sabha polls in 2014, three companies -- Frigorifico Allana Ltd, Frigerio Converva Allana Ltd and Indagro Foods Ltd -- contributed Rs 2 crore to the saffron party. All three companies are subsidiaries of Allanasons Ltd with their registered address at Allana House, Allana Road, Colaba, Mumbai. In 2014-2015, Frigorifico Allana Ltd contributed Rs 50 lakh to the party fund. All four transactions were made through Vijaya Bank
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                    bbnotc
                    Jun 5, 2017 at 11:05 am
                    FASCIST ROOTS One of the RSS founders, BS Moonje, went to Italy and was briefed by the Mussolini government. The Italian investigative writer Marzia Casolari, known for his research on Hinduism, do ented the close relationship between the elite of the RSS and the Mussolini regime in great detail in his work led “Hindutva’s Foreign Tie-up in the 1930s – Archival Evidence”. According to Casolari, representatives of the Mussolini regime and extreme Hindu nationalists had many meetings. The formation of the RSS, the formulation of its ideology, the establishing of its framework, and the strengthening of its youth training camps were all inspired by Mussolini’s Italy.
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                      bbnotc
                      Jun 5, 2017 at 11:05 am
                      The RSS turned to military training soon after its formation, much like its Italian and German counterparts. . Mussolini’s quasi-military “Black-Shirts” and Hitler’s SA (Sturmabteilung -Storm Units) provided the blueprint and the new organization was named “Shakha”. Skakha’s sprung up across India. Six and seven year old children were trained to become fascist militants against the “enemy” (i.e., Muslims and Christians) and would ultimately serve as the nucleus for a fascist army. Mussolini’s social Darwinist statements, and the Fascists twisted outlook, such as “established peace is damaging and only warfare can bring out the best of human power”, were held in high esteem among the members of the RSS
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                        Jun 5, 2017 at 11:06 am
                        The leaders of the RSS were also quite supportive of Hitler’s racial policies in addition to those of Mussolini’s. One of the leaders of the RSS, Hedgewar, stated that national unity could only be achieved in the absence of non-Hindus like Muslims and Christians, because according to him, non-Hindus could neither understand, practice, nor appreciate Hindu traditions, culture or ideology. Hedgewar’s distorted perspectives became even more radical under the leadership of the RSS’s second president, Madhavrao Sadashivrao Golwalkar. “We or Our Nationhood Defined”, published by Golwalkar in 1938 contained many favorable references to Hitler and his irrational and illogical theories of racial supremacy. The following are some excerpts from Golwarkar’s book:
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                          bbnotc
                          Jun 5, 2017 at 11:06 am
                          It would be worthwhile to cite a few excerpts here: «German race pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races—the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be imilated into one united w —a good lesson for us in Hindusthan (i.e., the land of Hindus) to learn and profit by
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