The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Saturday distanced itself from the controversial article published in its Malayalam mouthpiece Kesari that said that Nathuram Godse should have targeted Jawaharlal Nehru as he was responsible for Partition and never had any genuine attachment with Mahatma Gandhi.
“RSS strongly condemns the controversial article published in ‘Kesari’ Malayalam journal in Kerala on October 17, 2014. The views published therein are exclusively that of the writer and the RSS has nothing to do with it,” Sangh’s national prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya said in a statement.
Parties including the Congress in Kerala had protested against the article that appeared in two parts in Kesari.
The RSS statement followed media reports which highlighted the article, written by B Gopalakrishnan, a BJP candidate who contested from Chalakudy in the recent Lok Sabha elections.
Gopalakrishnan had argued in his article that Nehru never had any genuine relation with Mahatma Gandhi and that the RSS had been wrongly blamed for the assassination by Nehru for his political purposes.
Vaidya added that the RSS, as a movement, has always condemned any kind of violence in thought or action and hence does not subscribe to the views expressed by Gopalakrishnan.
“We, as a movement, not only dissociate ourselves from such views but also deplore them. RSS has always condemned any kind of violence in thought or action in the strongest possible words,” he said in his statement.