Monday, June 13, 2005

the lie that is the RSS

For the uninitiated, the RSS stands for the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh. This is an organisation that is supposedly 'dedicated' for the welfare of the Hindu religion and hence by their own implication, the Indian nation.
The RSS in its website claims that it is a movement for national reconstruction totally fostered by the people with no parallel elsewhere in the world or in India. This is the first and the basic flaw of the RSS, thinking that it has no equals in the world and its the best school of thought in the world. By these 'airy' words, they have displayed their ignorance of many more people's movements like the Russian revolution, the French revolution and the communist revolution in China which were I should say, a far more integrated effort as compared to the India Freedom Struggle which had its share of infighting like the RSS-Congress feud. Oh and thats not all, there is some excess high funda shit which I reproduce below:
There could be only one explanation for the continuing march of the Sangh from strength to strength: the emotive response of the millions to the vision of Bharat's national glory, based on the noblest values constituting the cultural and spiritual legacy of the land and collectively called 'Dharma', comprising faith in the oneness of the human race, the underlying unity of all religious traditions, the basic divinity of the human being, complemen-tarity and inter-relatedness of all forms of creation both animate and in-animate, and the primacy of spiritual experience.

Totally contradictory to what these guys are following I should say. The RSS also claims that idealism should have been a founding principle of themodern Indian state. i say, this is rubbish. Rubbish because by idealism the RSS means its idealism which it claims as the idealism of the nation. A totally Hitlerisque quotation. In a modern society, religion should play a role only in individual development. Outside a person's house, nay, outside a person's body and mind the concept of religion should die a quiet death. The RSS website further goes on to create a fear psychosis by claiming that religious conversion is a major threat blah blah. My take on this is, if you are so worried about conversion, where were you when the poor and the destitute needed social help? its natural that i take a liking to the beliefs and views of a person who helps me when i am in penury because of my present situation. Remember RSS dudes it was the same discontent that led to the growth of many religions. So, please dont make such a big issue in the name of conversion. If you can help people, do so in the name of society not religion. YOu will be surprised to see that the benefits will add up to ur religion finally.
The most blatant lie of the RSS is the concept of 'Akhand Bharat'. They claim that they wanted independence of an undivided India. All bullshit considering that their founding theme was a separate nation for Hindus and Muslims. Infact this theory was propogated by these self styled custodians of Hinduism a long time before Jinnah even started thinking about such issues.
The website goes on to list its achievements in the periods of the partition, 1961 liberation of Goa, 1962 war with China, 1965 and 1971 war with Pakistan etc. It seems remarkable that an organisation with such a proclaimed illustrious background should have sunk into such depths that it has sunk to today.
There is again a lot of cacophony about their mission. read about it

I could go on and on about the various claims that these guys make. Unfotunately I do not have the luxury of time. If I have to coin a word that describes the RSS today then it is 'CONFUSED'.

In conclusion I just have to say that the RSS is just one of the evils plaguing the modern day Indian society. there are others too like VHP, babbar Khalsa, SIMI and allied organisations. If we are to progress as a nation, we need to outlaw religion in the public sphere just as smoking is. Religion is a dangerous weapon, it can be used to mould young minds, mobilise people and launch violent attacks. Whatever one's religion may be, in the interest of the nation, one should disrobe oneself of the religious cloak and proclaim one's identity as an Indian. We have many issues challenging us which are worthy of our attention such as winning an olympic medal, winning prominent sporting events, making a mark on the world economically, militarily and politically. We cant afford to waste time on dumb concepts like religious fervour. A society built on the basis of religion is just an aberration. Whoever is willing to acept this, I just say to you 'You rock dude!' ..........................