RSS ideologue MS Golwalkar’s views on nationalism need to be put in right perspective: HRD body

The Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR), set up by the HRD ministry to promote research in philosophy and assist projects in the field, believes that Golwalkar's views on nationalism have been misunderstood and maligned by his adversaries.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 9, 2017 1:00 pm
According to an ICPR member, “Golwalkar’s conception can be regarded as enlightened nationalism when he talks of ‘Hindu rashtra’. It is not theocracy. Rather it it can be branded as ‘dharmocracy'”.

RSS ideologue MS Golwalkar’s views on nationalism have been “misunderstood and maligned” and need to be put in “correct” perspective, according to a body affiliated to the HRD ministry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to Golwalkar, the second RSS chief, as “Poojniya Guru Ji” in his book–“Jyotipunj”–in which he tells the life stories of 16 men who inspired him.

The Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR), set up by the HRD ministry to promote research in philosophy and assist projects in the field, believes that Golwalkar’s views on nationalism have been misunderstood and maligned by his adversaries. A seminar titled “The Concepts of Nation and Nationalism in the thoughts of MS Golwalkar” will be organised probably next month.

The council has invited entries from scholars till July 27 following which a date for the seminar will be decided. “The seminar aims at putting the views of Golwalkar in correct perspective since he has been much misunderstood and maligned by his adversaries. He was a champion of robust nationalism.

“His views on nation and nationalism are to be understood in proper context in a holistic way and in the light of present day Indian and global scenario,” a concept note for the seminar says. According to an ICPR member, “Golwalkar’s conception can be regarded as enlightened nationalism when he talks of ‘Hindu rashtra’. It is not theocracy. Rather it it can be branded as ‘dharmocracy'”.

“He emphasised on ‘dharma-centricity’ of Indian cultural ethos. Dharma is a very comprehensive concept enriched by several ideas and ideals, customs, traditions and practices which are beneficial to individual, society and world at large,” he added. “One of the major thrust of his views was rejection of communist-socialist-capitalist ideology and revival of ancient Indian ideas and ideals which are not antagonistic to universal well-being, though they are full of patriotic fervour,” the ICPR member said.

“There has been a fierce debate in the West as to what is nation and nationalism. These concepts were understood narrowly and still such views prevail there. But in India these concepts do not have only territorial confinements but also cultural overtones,” he added. Golwalkar, the ideological guru of the RSS, was the successor of RSS founder K B Hedgewar. He has written two books “Bunch of thoughts” and “We or our nationhood defined”.

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    Amit Ghosal
    Jul 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm
    At my previous comment a mistake was done. I wanted to write Marxism failed for lack of aadhyatikata
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      Amit Ghosal
      Jul 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm
      If anybody asks me why Marxism failed so what answer shall be given that is aadhyatikata. It does not mean spirituality but what it really indicates that is a matter of nobility. Hindu philosophy says we all the creatures of this universe came from one source, so we are all relatives and we everybody is the part of that supreme power.Due to it when you will do any job you must think you are doing that for that supreme authority so all the time try to maintain honesty, efficiency and gentleman ship. The person who can able to achieve this heart and soul he/she has achieved aadhyatikat So it can say that only Hindu philosophy able to built a a peaceful prosperous world.
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        KANNUR
        Jul 10, 2017 at 11:34 am
        If Mr. Golwalkar has promoted nationalism, why was there no attendance of RSS in freedom of our nation? Why were RSS chaddiwala was part of British?
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          Debasis Giri
          Jul 10, 2017 at 11:27 am
          M S GOlWAlKAR's thought spread all over every citizen of India and NRI
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            K.s.sankaran
            Jul 10, 2017 at 1:38 pm
            Good idea! It must done
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            Lovely
            Jul 10, 2017 at 10:31 am
            Hin du Rastra means Sampoorna Ramrajya, wht is wrong with that? Only some anti nationalists need to be worried.
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              yoginath
              Jul 9, 2017 at 11:11 pm
              Bharat ko bhee pakistan banaa do, abe gadho apne fayde ke liye kitnaa giroge, sambhal jaao nahee to tum bhee jal jaoge, dekhlo pakistan ke kyaa haal hai, usee ke raste pe jaa rahe ho, der saber pakistan ko catchup kar hee loge and fir pakistan part 2 ho jayegaa ye Bharat bhee, hey Bhagwan in gadho ko sadbudhee de.
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                Joseph Mumbai
                Jul 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm
                Before jumping to conclusion. At the least read and know what Gowalkar stood for. Gowalkar was a deep thinker and brilliant persona. Hindu Rashtra is not Hindu theocracy. Hinduism does not have one prophet or individual. Has Brahman ( the sum total, ainmate as well as inanimate). And it's upto individuals how to perceive this Brahman. So please don't reduce this to caste politics. India is a ancient nation with reservoir of culture and tolerance. We don't have to imitate others. Religion should be individual choice.
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                  Blah.blah
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm
                  You blood Son of a Brahmin!!!
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                    Murthy
                    Jul 10, 2017 at 7:29 am
                    "Blah.blah" is an ideal User Name for you.... Joseph is asking you to read Golwalkar... You are afraid of learning the Truth of what he stood for ?? If so, keep on posting your "Blah.blah". At least Antony below has read up on Islam's God sanctioned slavery. He came up with some facts on Islam.
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                    Antony
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm
                    your fake name says it all my dear RSS paid troll!
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                    N. Chaudhari
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm
                    The move by HRD ministry to put Golwalkar's thoughts on nationalism in proper perspective is another attempt to inch to make india a Hindu Nation of Golwalkar's ideology. This is another attempt after the move to eulogize Manu. Golwalkar was staunch supporter of Manu. Manusmriti is more than the Indian Cons ution for RSS,Bjp. Hindu Nation is complete manifestation of chaturvarnya, hierarchical fourfold division, including untouchability. Golwalkar's thoughts on minorities Is not the main thrust of Golwalkar's hindu Nation. Implementing Manu's dictates is the main plank and minorities bashing will be used for fooling the Shudras, to keep them as slaves. To put it plainly Hindu Nation is complete hegemony of Brahmans.
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