Chapter 18: ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ ‘Vishwaguru Bharata’ RSS ideology summarised in two words. Can detractors summarise their ideology?
We Indians have an unusual habit of accepting whatever the ‘Westren’ countries approves of! In that context, RSS should be read about and understood, because many foreign universities have taken up reasearch studies on RSS and it’s affiliated organisations.
The unique technology that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has developed by incorporating new ideas, concepts and techniques is worth studying. What is also worth studying is the social transformation RSS have brought about in the Indian society.
Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) made news in recent days. Not for its academic achievement or commendable research in a particular field.
It got caught in a controversy for including a topic “RSS and its Role in Nation Building” in the BA level syllabus.
Divergent views and controversial opinions started to pour down from all corners for including the RSS into its syllabus.
Those who are antagonist towards the RSS commonly perceive it as a secret organisation that works against the non-Hindu religious groups and is communal, fascist, etc.
They believe by nature, RSS is opposed to democratic values and wants to convert India into a Hindu Rashtra.
Some of them had even approached the High Court seeking their interference and to order RTMNU to withdraw this topic from the syllabus because the RSS is not a registered organisation!
Congress and other secular parties too had expressed their displeasure over the inclusion of RSS and its role in the nation-building at the graduate level syllabus.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan was leading the attack by questioning the RSS’ role in the 1942 Quit India movement and suggested the university authorities to teach the students about how the RSS opposed the 1942 movement and later the national flag and the constitution, if they were to teach the role of RSS.
Similar views and opinions were also expressed by former Union Minister Kapil Sibal, leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and NSUI and other organisations.
Their main point of argument was the alleged non-participation of RSS in the freedom movement in general and in 1942 Quit India movement in particular; the three bans imposed on the organisation in 1948, 1975 and 1992 respectively.
How can such an organisation have a role in nation-building, was the focus of their criticism?
(In the previous articles in this same series we have debunked all those myths on RSS) The Vice Chancellor and the Board of Studies (BoS) of RTMNU also stood by the decision they had taken on the inclusion of this particular topic.
The topic was included in the syllabus for MA and it is only included at the graduation level from year 2019.
Other universities like Mumbai, Delhi and Burdwan in West Bengal do have chapters on RSS’ role in nation-building. Even the Gondwana University, which was part of the RTMNU until recently, has included a chapter on RSS in its post-graduation syllabus.
What makes RSS so special to be included as a study topic?
Today, the RSS has grown into a global organisation that has thousands of branches, millions of swayamsevkas and lakhs of multi-faceted service activities all singularly aimed at making Bharat a strong, vibrant and developed nation as a world leader(Vishwaguru).
What was interesting in this whole episode of controversy is that those opposed RSS In The syllabus kept absolutely quiet about the chapter on the Congress Sewa Dal founder Dr NS Hardikar.
RSS is probably the only organisation in the world that is more popular than its founder.
Dr Hedgewar died in 1940 handing over the baton of Sarsanghachalak to Shri MS Golwalkar alias ‘Sri Guruji’ who continued till his death in 1973.
In Golwalkar’s long innings of over three decades, the Sangh witnessed major upheavals in its forward journey including the 1942 Quit India Movement, the Partition of the motherland and Independence of India in 1947, the Gandhi murder and subsequent ban on RSS, and so on.
The Sangh swayamsevaks did not lag behind and participated whole-heartedly in the freedom movement.
The Ashti-Chimur rebellion in Vidarbha, uprooting of Delhi-Muzaffarnagar railway line, can be cited as examples of this participation.
Krantisinh Nana Patil of ‘Patri Sarkar’ movement was sheltered by RSS Sanghachalak of Aundh Pandit SD Satvalekar.
Sane Guruji, who always hated the RSS, was given safe shelter by Pune Sanghachalak Bhausaheb Deshmukh.
In Delhi, Jai Prakash Narain and Aruna Asaf Ali were provided shelter at Delhi and Punjab Sanghachalak Lala Hansraj Gupta’s house.
During the 1947, Sangh swayamsevaks risked their lives to bring back lakhs of Hindus in Bharat safely. They played a key role in saving Delhi from the attack of Muslim League. Bharat Ratna Dr Bhagwan Das had narrated this valiant role of the RSS swayamsevaks in his writing of October 16, 1948. (Refer to Martyrs of Kotli and other articles in the series).
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has a massive contribution towards Human Resource Development:
The number of youngsters joining this organisation is increasing each passing day. The reason behind these are many. Youth Who have recognised the flaws in the Congress Communist ideology is directly getting influenced by Sangh. Persistent attack on everything that is Bharathiya and Hindu is driving youth from realising the importance of getting back to the ‘roots’.
And RSS has incorporated that system of human resources development, through which it has trained lakhs of ‘swayamsevaks’ to serve the society in whatever way they can. These committed, dedicated and devoted ‘swayamsevaks’ today conduct 1.75 lakh service projects throughout the length and breadth of the country and even in the remote, inaccessible areas of the north-east region.
Answers were always sought from Sangh for many questions hurled upon them! But it kept silent and kept the ‘Kayaka’ going on.
If a simple question is posed as,
Where does the Congress party stands in comparison to the work ‘Sangh’ is doing? Do they run a single service project to name for the neglected, the downtrodden, and the depressed sections of the society?
What answer we may get?????!!!!
There are so many schools of thoughts around us and each one has its merits and demerits.
For purely academic purpose, should we not study all such different ideologies, thought-processes and philosophies to enrich our level of information and level of knowledge? Why should we prevent the inquisitiveness and quest for learning new ideologies/philosophies? Why not open our mind to knowledge in this age of information technology?
Our ancestors proclaimed loud and clear that “let noble thoughts come to us from all directions”. And here by opposing a certain ideology/philosophy, we are acting exactly opposite to that noble proclamation.
Blaming RSS without ever trying to read or even familiarize oneself of it’s true ideology.
The ideology of RSS is very simple and Crystal clear
It is all-inclusive.
Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat just had made a very clear announcement of this inclusiveness when he said that the idea of Hindutva is incomplete without the non-Hindus.
Then why does RSS face so much of opposition:
In our country, there are two basic schools of thought.
- The one that believes that the national life of this country began on August 15, 1947, when India became free of British slavery. This school represents the Congress, the socialists, the secularists, the progressives, and so on.
- The other school believes that this is an ancient nation, a continuous cultural tradition, woven attractively by people speaking different languages, wearing diverse clothes, having different food habits, and so on.
But there has been an underlying flow of unity in this diversity that is uninterrupted through the ages making this the most ancient nation of the world.
The RSS belongs to this category and how can anyone term this belief wrong?
One may agree or not with this view, but that does not mean one should outrightly discard this ideology.
And what is the history of those who claim to be secular, progressive, modern, open-minded?
The Congress Party tried to ‘crush’ the RSS during Pt Nehru’s days by banning it under the false pretext of Gandhi murder in 1948, again in 1975 during the tenure of Indira ‘Priyadarshini’ who declared internal Emergency and put thousands of RSS workers behind the bars just to save her political power, and again in 1992 after the fall of the disputed structure at Ayodhya.
- It was the same Congress again that created a phobia and fear psychosis among the Muslims and Christians by spreading falsehoods about the RSS.
- It was the same Congress that in collusion with the Communists tried every opportunity to destroy the RSS.
- It was the same Congress that raised the bogey of Hindu terror to malign and defame the age-old Hindu tradition of tolerance and acceptance of different opinions and thoughts.
RSS founder Dr Hedgewar used to say: “There are many colleges of arts but there is no college of hearts. The Sangh will be a college of hearts”.
No matter what, RSS will continue to achieve newer heights with its dedication. Towards the nation and society.
Dr Sindhu Prashanth