affirmation, repetition and contagion. They spread lies and practice deceit as a matter of habit. Truth is whatever is convenient for serving their interests. More than anything else, it is the onslaught on the human mind that is the most dangerous feature of totalitarian politics - of any variety. The RSS in power will abolish truth completely. Modi’s lies are a foretaste.
RSS tradition of manufacturing facts to suit their ideology
Here is their hero V.D Savarkar's declaration on
A day after the Prime Minister alleged that the BJP is changing India's history and geography, a combative Narendra Modi today hit back accusing the Congress of altering the country's geography by allowing partition and history by neglecting our heroes and eulogising only the Nehru-Gandhi family. Mr Modi, who is the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, made a scathing attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after inaugurating a hospital in Kheda in Gujarat, which is run primarily by the minority community. "Mr Prime Minister, I am aware that it is not in your hands what you should say or not say. But the country wants to know who changed the geography of India? The village in which you were born was a part of Hindustan. Today it is not. Who changed the geography? Who broke this country into pieces?" Mr Modi said. (Dr Singh was born on September 26, 1932 in Gah, a remote village, now in Pakistan's Punjab province). Mr Modi charged the Congress with the "sin" of dividing India into two parts."You say we are changing the geography. Every so often China creates problems at our borders. It has captured hundreds of square kilometres of our territory. Who changed this geography? It was changed during Congress rule," Mr Modi said.
NB: It is very funny to hear Modi's pious talk about Mahatma Gandhi & Sardar Patel. It is sheer Nazi-style propaganda for Modi & the RSS to insist that Congress alone was responsible for partition (didn't that Congress include Sardar Patel & Rajendra Prasad?) and ignore the part played by the Muslim League & Hindu Mahasabha in poisoning the situation. Not to mention the role of British colonial policy. For more detailed readings on pre-partition politics (of all colours) - click the links below:
The law of killing: a brief history of Indian fascism;
Marzia Casolari: Hindutva's Foreign Tie-up in the 1930s;
Rajendra Prasad, India Divided
Venkat Dhulipala, Rallying the Qaum; & Debating Pakistan in Late Colonial North India
The presentation of one-sided sound-bytes about 1947 for scoring political points is highly irresponsible. As we have seen, the so-called Muslim nation was also partitioned, in 1971, & is barely able to keep itself together even today. It is arguable that 'Muslim nationalism' was most destructive precisely for the Muslims of the sub-continent. The world at large and South Asia in particular have witnessed terrible crimes committed in the name of communally-defined nationalism. Yet the Hindutva fanatics insist that 'Hindu Rashtra' is a viable politics. Democratic-minded Indians should realise that Hindu Rashtra (which Patel called "that mad idea") and Akhand Hindustan are mutually incompatible concepts - if you want the one, you cannot have the other. For those who sympathise with the RSS, I believe they would be doing the country a favour by asking them to genuinely adhere to non-violence, and commit themselves to truthful, rather than clever speech. DS
This is what the GOI wrote in its ban order of Feb 2, 1948 (Patel was Home Minister): "The objectionable and harmful activities of the Sangh have, however, continued unabated and the cult of violence sponsored and inspired by the activities of the Sangh has claimed many victims. The latest and most precious to fall was Gandhiji himself.." Read the full text here:
RSS Declared Unlawful: Text of GOI communique February 4, 1948
Some more facts on Savarkar's conduct and ideas - citations below are from:
This was stoutly resisted and the BJP was forced to withdraw. http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl1706/17060310.htm
See: RSS statement seeks distance from Nitin Gadkari
http://dilipsimeon.blogspot.in/2013/10/archival-document-of-cpi-from-1947.html At that time they demanded their men be placed in senior executive positions in the
In 2000 Vajpayee (in support of Modi’s predecessor Keshubhai Patel) said the RSS was not political – in order to formally enable Gujarat RSS cadre to enter the ranks of the state administration.
In 2013, as their involvement in politics has become crystal clear, they assert that ‘no promise was ever made to the government in 1949 ahead of lifting of the ban on it that it will never enter politics..’ (M.G. Vaidya, in http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-11-02/news/43611466_1_sangh-m-g-vaidya-pm-candidate)
Early bloomers: RSS tradition of manufacturing facts to suit their ideology
The Assassination of Gandhi
Hindutva's Foreign Tie-up in the 1930s
Shamsul Islam: Narendra Modi On Sardar Patel: Putting Goebbels To Shame