The cover stories of both Panchjanya and Organiser focus on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s Vijayadashmi address at Nagpur, which the organisation celebrates as its foundation day. While Panchjanya has published almost the entire text of Bhagwat’s speech, Organiser has used excerpts. Bhagwat spoke about many aspects of the different challenges the country faces, including the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, national security, agricultural crisis, social tensions, economic development, water management, education and “intellectual colonialism”.
Appreciating the Union government for many of its initiatives, Bhagwat said “sajjan shakti” or the power of good people with good intent, must be awakened, “to strike a perfect coordination between the government, administration and the society to monitor whether the fruits of these welfare schemes are reaching the last man standing in the last row.”
He stated that Kashmiri Pandits, who are “paying the price for being Bhartiya and being Hindu in their own motherland”, must be settled.
In Kerala and West Bengal, the RSS supremo said, anti-national forces are playing a dangerous game by “stimulating the unrest, separatism, violence, enmity or hatred amongst group or local identities on the basis of language, region, sects, religion”. Directly indicting the governments in the two states, he said, “systematically politicised administrative systems are not only apathetic to this serious national crisis but are also lending a helping hand to the anti-national forces for petty political interests.”
Organiser wrote that Bhagwat “stated in plan words” that the “pious mission of cow protection and cow promotion will go on within the limits of law and the Constitution” and to link it to violence and communalism was “unfair”. He also questioned whether GDP was the best model to judge the economic progress and “stressed for evolving and developing our own Bharateeya model of economy” based on the “Antyodaya model”.
Articles in both Panchjanya and Organiser attack Romila Thapar and Kancha Ilaiah respectively, as anti-nationals.
Introducing the piece on Thapar titled ‘Fraud intellectuals also exist!’ Panchjanya says that when she writes or speaks, her words reflect an anti-Hindu and anti-India attitude. Communist intellectuals make the atmosphere foggy by speaking deceptively and without facts, the article claims. The article attacks Thapar saying she doesn’t understand Sanskrit, and “Marxist” intellectuals like her do not conduct any research or analysis, instead they first reach a conclusion then collect half-baked facts and anecdotes and work with them. It alleges that before “Marxist historians” stated that there was no temple at the Babri Masjid site earlier. Hindus and Muslims were ready to reach a compromise. But intellectuals like Thapar made the Muslims reluctant to agree to a solution by telling them that the Hindus’ claim of an earlier temple is fake.
In a similar vein, the article in Organiser is severely critical of political theorist and activist Kancha Ilaiah. It starts by saying that when an elephant walks the street, dogs bark, because the pachyderm’s size hurts the dog’s ego. The article compares Ilaiah to the dogs in the anecdote and asks if “we” can be wise like the elephant to ignore him. Though it attempts to allude that Ilaiah is besotted by the West and his criticism of the Hindu caste society is motivated, the core of the piece lies close to the end, in which the author says, that “Ilaiah’s target is to destroy Hinduism and the method he employed is to awaken the dormant caste system of the past.” Ilaiah wants “every other community to look down upon Dalits so that he can perform his theatrics”. The author claims that Ilaiah supports Buddhism only because B.R. Ambedkar chose it. “But Ilaiah doesn’t receive kickbacks for converting you to Buddhism and hence the drama.”
A recent seminar hosted by the Popular Front of India, an Islamic organisation in Kerala, had former Vice President of India Hamid Ansari as a participant. An article in Organiser says, “Ansari joins Muslim radicals” as PFI is “known to be the new avatar of the Students Islamic Movement of India” an “outlawed outfit, allegedly involved in several anti-national activities.” By being part of the seminar, the article says, Ansari has once again proven that he “opts to keep aloof from the main stream of national life”. Recalling Ansari’s speech in August just before he stepped down from his constitutional role in which he had spoken about the unease and insecurity among Muslims in India, the article says, “the statement had invited the wrath of all sensible citizens of the country”. The “Congress”, the article says, “is in a hot soup” as it had made Ansari the vice president twice. “They find it difficult to justify Ansari’s action. No doubt, he proved that religion was first.”