RSS-backed magazine targets Ashoka: ‘He was reason for India’s decline… (but) worshipped as great’

The RVKP is affiliated to the Sangh Parivar as a part of the RSS’s tribal wing, the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, which is headquartered in Chhattisgarh.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: July 1, 2016 9:22 am
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After Mughal Emperor Akbar, the Sangh Parivar has now raised questions about the legacy of Emperor Ashoka. A publication backed by the RSS has claimed that Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism and his promotion of ahimsa opened India’s borders to foreign invaders.

It has also accused followers of Buddhism under Ashoka of having played a seditious role by assisting Greek invaders thinking they would destroy “Vedic religion” and pave the way for dominance of Buddhism.

The article was published in the May issue of the mouthpiece of the Rajasthan Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad.

The RVKP is affiliated to the Sangh Parivar as a part of the RSS’s tribal wing, the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, which is headquartered in Chhattisgarh.

While the article recognises Ashoka’s greatness as a world leader before his conversion to Buddhism, it quickly moves past that to note that after his conversion he started over-promoting some principles related to ahimsa.

“It was India’s misfortune that the same Emperor Ashoka, who became the reason for India’s decline…we worshiped him as great…It would have been better if, like Bhagwan Buddha, Emperor Ashoka too, would give up his kingdom, become a monk and promote Buddhism…(then) India would not have had to face such a mountain of hardship,” noted the article published in the magazine, Bappa Raval.

It further added that “instead, he (Ashoka) turned the entire empire into a giant monastery for promoting Buddhism. It was because of the Buddhist leaders of Magadha that Greek invaders returned to conquer India…Buddhist monks propagated seditious, senseless, anti-India ideas among their disciples that Buddhism did not believe in caste or nation. Whenever foreign invaders sympathetic to Buddhism attacked India, these Buddhists colluded with them, instead of fighting them bravely.”

The article is part of “Bharat: Kal, Aaj, Aur Kal (Bharat: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)”, a series of essays on India’s history that is featured regularly in the magazine. RVKP office bearer and magazine editor Dr. Radhika Ladha, who authored the article, said she did not mean to accuse Buddhists or Emperor Ashoka of anything.

“All I wanted to say was that although our ancestors were great luminaries, our country has had to face so much due to certain small mistakes on their part. I never called Buddhists seditious…it was only meant to convey their poor understanding during that period,” Ladha told The Indian Express.

“My perspective was that we should learn from our mistakes and lead the country on to a path of prosperity and development,” she added.

The RVKP, established in 1978, works with six Scheduled Tribes in Rajasthan across 3000 tribal villages. It operates residential schools, hospitals and sports training centres in scheduled areas.

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First Published on: July 1, 2016 2:21 am
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    Vedic power
    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:54 am
    Yes right they were not part but came out of hinduism and flowered but were critical of vedas they r the non vedic relegion came out of hinduism or vedic relegion n people itself but become anti of it just like u become christian out of hinduism or watever to become comfortable imilative respective of relegion culture u come out is very important running n working of new relegion that why they become anti to hinduism that is why rss is criticizing them
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      Ankit bihari
      Jul 1, 2016 at 10:59 am
      H.G. Wells wrote of Ashoka in his book The Outline of History: "Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their majesties and graciousnesses and serenities and royal highnesses and the like, the name of Ashoka shines, and shines, almost alone, a star.
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        Ankit bihari
        Jul 1, 2016 at 11:13 am
        Reality is that Ashoka change the religion for political unity but brahmin (shunga) fail them.
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          Manjunath
          Jul 1, 2016 at 10:44 am
          Arayn dogs are fast marching towards annihilation!
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            Manjunath
            Jul 1, 2016 at 10:47 am
            Asoka got really fed up with the criminal mind of brahmins, and converted to Buddhism.
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              Gajan
              Jul 1, 2016 at 3:25 am
              Now, can you guys understand why he indo-aryan brahmins hate Greeks. Well if you don't, here it is: We all know that aryan-brahmins migrated from Central Asia some 3000 years back. That is now proven by many straight thinking Indian scholars. Ignore the foreign scholars. Let me tell you who kicked the aryan-brahmins out of Central Asia. GREEKS! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why? Think what the Brahmins are doing today? They have systematically occupied all security sensitive positions, Army, Air Force, Navy, northern command, central command, east west , IB, ED etc etc etc. why? To use them to quell rebellion against them. Godra riots was one such quelling. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So the Brahmins did the same when in Central Asia. They conspired against Greeks who were many millennia advanced than the arya-brahmins. That was again a reason for the arya-brahmins to conspire against Greeks-jealousy. Arya-brahmins cannot and cannot tolerate anybody else superior than themselves, though they do not know they were he dumbbest. Greeks being warriors with high intelligence, drove arya-brahmins out. But the arya-brahmins won't give up their filthy ways. Even now you can see that trait in them. Neither the Greeks did give up in kicking arya-brahmins out. Greeks drove the arya-brahmins all the way to present day stan. Please know that that is the reason for some douche bag brahmins talking about Akand Barat. They still reminisce their many father lands they crossed. Alexander and Chanakya scoundrel were contemporaries. Chanakya was in Taxsasila the present day Taxila in north west stan. It is there that Alexander got sick and died. It was the scoundrel Chanakya who poisoned him. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And to this day, the arya-brahmins hate Greeks!
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                Gajan
                Jul 1, 2016 at 3:50 am
                In fact I am talking from the corridors of a foreign university, F.Y.I. If aray-brahmin migration is not true, why would you guys ferociously deny? Why would you engage some BRCH called Yama Deeksht to write a KRAP denying the migration.
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                  Satendra kumar
                  Jul 1, 2016 at 10:37 am
                  Emperor ASHOKA a great kingdom whose kingdom still survives today.The Aryabhatta or Aryan Prince was always forefront for universal creativity whether it's peace faithness commerce and trade education diplomacy or forging a theme for Universally.
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                    BUGGERwat
                    Jul 1, 2016 at 3:38 am
                    My agency sources who are monitoring Shri Mohan Bagawatji 24 x 7 say that after reading that article today Bagawatji was crying like a baby.
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                      Jam
                      Jul 1, 2016 at 10:57 am
                      And how exactly did you get this fascinating insight into the working of Ashoka's mind and the minds of brahmins back then? Either version of history doesn't support your suggestion. Just saying.
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                        Jam
                        Jul 1, 2016 at 10:54 am
                        Stop it with this aryan nonsense. It's 2016... we are thinking of landing people on Mars now - nobody really cares if it's aryans or non-aryans that land there. Move on with it, and get a life.
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                          SubbuI
                          Jul 1, 2016 at 4:00 am
                          This feku govt OF Sanghis are after Ashoka now , perhaps they want to change the Ashok chakra in our National flag and put Gotse emblem there Like AIADMK flag got MGR emblemlt;br/gt;God save India from this maniacs
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                            confusedAAPian
                            Jul 1, 2016 at 11:43 pm
                            Hinduism is a collection of tribal religions Infact. Hinduism is a tricky word , I would say. Just like how now in india , English speakers dominate every field and job, some dominated based on their capabilities.
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                              Sanjay
                              Jul 1, 2016 at 5:28 am
                              Andher nagri chaupat raja!!!!!!!!
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                                Tejendra pandey
                                Jul 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                                Congress party and Christian missionaries has done same thing to Hindu . Christian missionaries first demonised brahimans in Hindu society and then easily converted large number of hindus. Now Hindus are minority in kerala. Congress is doing same thing all over India thus making India weak.
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                                  Tejendra pandey
                                  Jul 1, 2016 at 5:18 am
                                  Though since bigNing my family was pro congress but now I realise from deep inside my heart that it was a big mistake as all other Indians realised. Congress is basically an ant hindu party and this newspaer is mouth piece of congress. You loss know time to devide hindus. It is byond doubt that Ashoka was great no matter he was a Hindu or Budhist as we all rever Buddha same way as Rama or Krishna. But like any one Ashoka is also not byond criticism.And historians already criticise Ashoka for applying Budhist ahimsa in politics and issue of national security. On the name of Rss dont divide India and hindus.tejendra
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                                    ajit v
                                    Jul 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                                    ashoka was great
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                                      ajit v
                                      Jul 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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                                        ALOK YADAV
                                        Jul 1, 2016 at 3:56 am
                                        In India, everyone except a historian tries to narrate history with one's own coloured perception, such opinions should be targeted by professionals with full vigour; it's high time Yoga gurus and amateurs to distort history to their benefits
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                                          Akhtar Anand
                                          Jul 1, 2016 at 4:55 am
                                          They call Buddhism pacifist.Good they never wanted to be activist like Shankaracharya. If you see Buddhist shrines every where you will find decapitated head of Buddha done by zealot Hindus under the teaching of Adi Shankaracharya. In orissa sun temple of Konark and else where all post Buddhist structures, you find a lion mounting over an elephant. Elephant is symbol of Buddhism and tiger/lion of Durga.Hinduism despite trumpeting as Sanatan Dharma or tolerant society infact was most intolerant among all religion.
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                                            amit kapoor
                                            Jun 30, 2016 at 11:36 pm
                                            RSS has no other job but to spead hate even by digging at the history. Only noble people could uinderstand the greatness of the greatest.
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