(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 08, 2010
Hindutva Terror Must Be Defeated
THE net of terror spread
Hindutva terrorist groups continues to widen posing a very serious
the unity and integrity of the secular-democratic modern
68 people were killed when
exploded in two coaches of Delhi-Lahore Samjhauta Express around mid
February 18, 2007. A few weeks after the
Even prior to the revelations of such investigations, the CPI(M) had been drawing the attention of the central government to various reports linking some RSS affiliates with incidents of bomb blasts across the country. At a meeting of the National Integration Council on October 13, 2008, the CPI(M) in its submission stated: “Police investigations in the past few years have noted the involvement of Bajrang Dal or other RSS organisations in various bomb blasts across the country – in 2003, in Parbani, Jalna and Jalgaon districts of Maharashtra; in 2005, in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh; in 2006, in Nanded; in January 2008, at the RSS office in Tenkasi, Tirunelveli; in August 2008, in Kanpur etc etc.”
Rattled by such exposures in the ongoing investigations, the RSS has reacted in its typical fashion of saying that all those arrested are no longer members of RSS or any of its affiliates. The All India Prachar Pramukh of the RSS, Manmohan Vaidya, has recently told the media, “They might have drawn their inspiration from the Sangh ideology but they were not active Sangh members.” This is nothing original. This is precisely what was said about Nathuram Godse following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Godse’s brother, however, is on record in an interview to the media, saying that all the brothers in the family were members of the RSS. Some others hold that fringe elements of Hindu fundamentalism, impatient with the political tactics of compromising on core Hindutva issues, are resorting to such terrorist activities. In a similar vein, some other RSS leaders admit to the media that a few `deviant elements’ might have turned to violence and terror but insist that the organisation as a whole cannot be dubbed terrorist. Again, a replication of the RSS stand during the trial of Mahatma Gandhi’s murder.
However, the history of
the RSS and
its methodology of functioning belies such theories of a
between the `core’ and the `fringe’. The
issue of imparting militant training to the Hindus and using violence
political weapon by the RSS has a long history.
It was Savarkar who gave the slogan “Hinduise
all politics and militarise Hindudom”.
Inspired by this, Dr B S Moonje, mentor of RSS founder Dr
In fact, it is these deep
links that roused the wrath of the RSS when it mounted a violent
indulging in large-scale vandalism and destruction, on the office of a
television news channel which, on the previous night, had aired
footage showing the involvement of Hindu rightwing leaders in terror
various places in the country. These
exposures included audio clips of conversations plotting to kill the
The RSS chief questions
`Hindu terrorism’ asking, “How can you club an entire community with
concept of terrorism?” He proceeds
further to state, “Coining such terms is the conspiracy to defame the
is a political conspiracy to defeat and defame Hindutva forces.” Very cleverly, the terms `Hindutva’ and
`Hindu’ are used synonymously. What we
are speaking about is Hindutva terror, not Hindu terror.
Clearly, no religious community, as a whole,
can be held responsible for the terrorist activities of individuals
that religion. Same yardstick, however,
should apply to other religions as well.
However, not according to the RSS.
In the meeting of its karyakarani mandali baitak in October
In these columns, we continue to maintain that terrorism has no religion. It is simply anti-national and, hence, the country should display zero tolerance. Further, terrorism of all varieties only feed and strengthen each other, seeking to destroy the very unity and integrity of our country.
To safeguard and
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