February 1, 2007 12:19:10 am
The front page of the latest issue of Organiser is taken up by a detailed report on the speech delivered by RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagwat at Bhubaneshwar as part of the ongoing Golwalkar Birth Centenary Celebrations. Headlined “Unite Hindus to save the nation”, the report quotes Bhagwat’s praise for the founders of the RSS and lament at the present state of India. Bhagwat bemoans that “the real Independence is yet to be achieved.” According to him, “We have neither got economic independence nor social uplift. The nation is passing through a grave situation. Terrorism and lack of awakening among the fellow countrymen is the biggest danger before us.” The situation is so grave that “we hesitate to sing Vande Mataram and honour cow as our mother,” adding, “Our real freedom can only be achieved through the creation of Akhand Bharat and Sampoorna Samaj.”
This week’s editorial blames Congress ‘frustration’ for the ‘intermittent communal eruptions’ in Karnataka recently. Exulting over the enduring JD(S)-BJP ruling alliance in the state, it says, “This bonhomie is what is worrying the Congress. The party has finally taken to its old tactics of creating communal polarisation with the idea of defaming the coalition.”
Absolving the Hindu Sangam of any blame for the communal violence that rocked Bangalore last month, the editorial pins the responsibility on Congress leader C.K. Jaffar Sharief for organising a rally to mourn the hanging of Saddam Hussein. “That the manufactured rage over Saddam hanging had nothing to do with India or Indian Muslims exposes the mean mischief behind the Friday riots,” it says. The editorial claims that the timing of the protest rally — to coincide with the Golwalkar birth centenary celebration of the Hindu Sangam — “clearly had other political machinations in mind.”
Nepal’s identity crisis
Columnist Sandhya Jain continues to be concerned over Nepal losing its status as the world’s only Hindu kingdom. According to her, “Unhappiness is growing over the growing realisation that the loss of the kingdom’s Hindu identity will correspondingly involve a loss of culture and national identity of the Nepali people, as also their independence in the international arena.” She also claims that “there is a growing awareness of the fact that the top Maoist leadership is Christian, and hence backed by the West in abolishing the Hindu monarchy. It is significant that leading ideologue Baburam Bhattarai, while keeping out of the assembly (men) like Prachanda, has managed to push his Christian wife, Hisila Yami, into the interim legislature.” Stretching the so-called Christian connection to India, Jain goes on to state that “under pressure from Congress president Sonia Gandhi, India has virtually abdicated its presence and natural security interests in Nepal. This will help the West to manouevre weak, secular or Christian nominees to power and use Nepal as a base against China and Russia, not to mention India.”
Sita and Savitri
In an interview to the Organiser, Pramilatai Medhe, recently-appointed chief of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, calls upon Indian women not to discard their values in pursuit of modernity and to understand the “real meaning of being Sita and Savitri.” Sita, she says, symbolises nishtha (faithfulness). And faithfulness is the only remedy against diseases like AIDS. Similarly, Savitri represents “a young and intelligent girl” who fights kaal, the God of death. “She is not entrapped in the materialistic attractions thrown by kaal. Are we not today fighting against the kaal? Who will protect the values which are being targeted everyday?” asks Medhe.
Compiled by Manini Chatterjee
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