An article in Organiser by RSS Sah Sarkaryavah Manmohan Vaidya claims that after Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat three-day lecture series, there was a lot of discussion on whether RSS has sidelined “Guruji” M S Golwalkar’s thoughts. However, a patient and in-depth reading of scenario nullifies the claims, according to the article. Vaidya claims that there is seeming delight and surprise about the clarification the Sarsanghachalak has given about Bunch of Thoughts, a collection of the speeches and thoughts of Guruji (the second Sarsanghchalak). “This analysis takes a further leap and goes so far as to assume that Dr Bhagwat has distanced the Sangh from Guruji! It couldn’t be further from the truth. The entire lecture of the Sarsanghachalak on day two about Hindu and Hindutva was based on the intellectual articulation provided by Shri Guruji to the Sangh movement,” the article asserts. It adds that Bunch of Thoughts must be seen in the context of its times. “It is essential to view the opinions of that time as a subset of the larger dialogue around these issues and the creation of a new country, Pakistan, based entirely on religion. When Shri Guruji took over as Sarsanghachalak, he was a mere 34 years old, and destiny had led to the mantle of responsibility being placed on his shoulders…” writes Vaidya.
The concerns raised in Bunch of Thoughts are the same that face the world today, and are specific to an ideology (within the faith) that propagates fundamentalism and the jihadist mindset that leads to horrors and oppression, according to the article. “Even in Bharat, the existence of such elements cannot be denied. Also forced and illegal conversion in violation of the law by missionary bodies, urban Maoism as well as the international support to such activities have once again in the recent past been highlighted through some incidents but have a long history of spreading disquiet and violence in society. Though it is necessary to take the Muslims and Christians of Bharat along in the nation-building process, it is also important to be cautious about the extremists, Jihadi and divisive elements active in the name of so-called minorities,” claims Vaidya.
Bharat on top
The editorial in Organiser says that Bharat (India) had a victorious moment at the international forum as it was elected to United Nations’ Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the main body of UN charged with promoting and monitoring human rights for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019. Elaborating the significance of development, the editorial says that election to UNHRC has an added significance as it is through this body that the previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein argued for facilitating an international commission of enquiry into allegations of human rights violation in Jammu & Kashmir. “Bharat successfully asserted itself as a democracy, both political and religious, and the global community accepted this. Thus, the victory march of Bharat at various international bodies continues,” the editorial asserts.
“What is that special Bharat is doing (sic) that it is showing great success in international diplomacy, including that of isolating Pakistan as an epicentre of terrorism? Is it just growing economic might and (the) swelling consumer market for the global players? Is it just about the leadership of Prime Minister Modi?”, the editorial asks. “Perhaps the answer lies in the assertion of Bharat based on its ‘swa’ (self), the same ‘self’ Sarsanghachalak of RSS (Mohan Bhagwat) has referred to in his recent Vijayadashami speech. Bharat is proudly projecting itself as an ancient civilisation while subtly denying the Western parameters of assessing domestic condition within,” it answers.
Women and RSS
An article in Organiser says that “it’s quite evident that this false narrative about gender discrimination in the RSS is being built and presented by the BJP’s political opponents who view the RSS as a colossal challenge that now stands firmly between them and the unaccounted, boundless power that they have enjoyed for several decades.”
“Unlike the patriarchal image that is being portrayed, the RSS has a very clear view that women are the inspiring force not just for their families but also for the society and the nation. In his address to the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, RSS Sarsanghchalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat had specifically mentioned that Bharat would not be able to achieve its full potential and pristine glory in the world unless ‘Matrushakti’ is given the due respect and significance,” claims the article. It adds that as a mark of respect, Hindus give the stature of mother to what they consider sacred, whether it is the pious Ganga, the Holy Cow and even our nation, which we (Hindus) lovingly address as ‘Matrubhumi’.