By: V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.
April 15, 2006
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Omar Khayyam in his "Rubaiyat" wrote: "A hair perhaps divides the
False and True". Truth exists. Only lies are invented. I am aware of the
fact that it is very difficult and even impossible to discover concrete
truth. And yet it is very easy to uncover patent falsehood. Irrationally
held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. It is falsehood
alone which needs the support of Government. Truth can stand by itself.
Lies are as communicative as fleas; and truth is as difficult to lay hold
upon as air. These thoughts came to my mind when I was studying about the
criminal acts of Nehru Government let loose against Sri Guruji Golwalkar
and the R S S during the period from January 30, 1948 till July 1949.
Nehru Government believed in the theory that a mischief-stirring falsehood
is preferable to a peace-mingling untruth. The history of India and more
particularly the political record of the congress party after independence
are sown thick with evidence that a patent truth is not hard to kill and
that a lie continuously told can be immortal.
In this birth centenary year of Sri Guruji Golwalkar, we have to take note
of the calculated policy of the Government of Jawaharlal Nehru after
independence to crush the R S S and particularly Sri Guruji at any cost.
Nehru failed in his disgraceful attempt and Sri Guruji succeeded
magnificently not only in preserving the R S S but also in developing it
into a mighty organization covering all parts of India.
Soon after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948, a
wicked canard was propagated by Pundit Nehru and the Congress Party to the
effect that Sri Guruji and the R S S was responsible for the murder of
Mahatma Gandhi. In the second week of February, 1948 itself (within 10
days of the assassination) Sardar Patel made it clear to Nehru that
neither the R S S nor Sri Guruji was in any way connected with Gandhiji"s
assassination. Sardar Patel knew that the Assassin was not only not a R S
S member but had, in fact, opposed R.S.S. for eight years for its "lukewarmness".
But this fact did not matter with a Government which was only out to make
sordid politics out of Gandhiji"s blood. On February 3 1948, Sri Guruji
was arrested under Sec. 302 and 120B of IPC on the charge of having
conspired to murder Mahatma Gandhi. The R.S.S. was also banned
immediately. Simultaneously, hundreds were arrested on the same charge
reading: "You are a member of R S S, a communal organization responsible
for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi".
Within three days of arresting Sri Guruji on this charge, Government of
India withdrew the charge but detained him illegally till August 1948. Now
the whole world knows that all the actions taken against R.S.S. and Sri
Guruji from February 1948 till July 1949 were politically motivated,
unfounded, illegal and unconstitutional. Indira Gandhi made yet another
attempt to crush the R S S in 1976 and failed miserably. Narasimha Rao
tried it again taking the legal route in an illegal manner in 1991 and
kissed the dust. Now the leading congressmen including Sonia Gandhi have
consigned Narasimha Rao to the political dust bin of history in a planned
manner is another story. The most comical part of the story is that Arjun
Singh who is physically unfit to do his normal day"s work seems to show
tremendous gusto and enthusiasm in his endeavours to spread stories of
falsehood about the R S S
Recently I was going through the records and archives of this period. A
solid fact which has been hidden from public view by the Nehru Government
in 1947 and later by all congress Governments relates to the plot which
was hatched by the Muslim League to bump off the entire congress
leadership on 10th September 1947 in New Delhi. The planned Muslim "coup"
was unsuccessful because of the timely information given by Sri Guruji
through his R S S volunteers to Sardar Patel about the attempted Muslim
"coup". The Muslim coup was foiled on account of the sharp vigilance
displayed by the R S S. Even at that time, there were many right-thinking,
non-partisan people who duly recognised and admired the stellar role
played by the R S S. One of the most notable among them was Bharat Ratna
Dr. Bhagwan Das, a profound thinker and philosopher and the revered father
of Sri Sriprakasha, Ex-High Commissioner for Pakistan and later Governor
of Tamilnadu. Dr. Bhagwan Das declared in his article in the "Organiser"
on October 16, 1948:
"I have been reliably informed that a number of youths of the RSS were
able to inform Sardar Patel and Nehruji in the very nick of time of the
(Muslim) Leaguers" intended "coup" on September 10, 1947, whereby they had
planned to assassinate all Members of Government and all Hindu officials
and thousands of Hindu citizens on that day and plant the flag of
"Pakistan" on the Red Fort and then seize all Hind. If these high-spirited
and self-sacrificing boys had not given the very timely information to
Nehruji and Patelji, there would have been no Government of India today,
the whole country would have changed its name into Pakistan, tens of
millions of Hindus would have been slaughtered and all the rest converted
to Islam or reduced to stark slavery....Well, what is the net result of
all this long story? Simply this: that our Government should utilise, and
not sterilise, the patriotic energies of the lakhs of RSS youths."
And yet Nehru Government was guilty of infidelity to Sri Guruji and R S S
immediately after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948.
Sri Guruji wrote to Sardar Patel on February 1, 1948: "Let us shoulder the
responsibility that has fallen upon us by the untimely passing away of
that great unifier, keeping alive the sacred memories of that soul who had
tied diverse natures in a single bond and was leading them all on a single
path. And let us, with the right feelings, restrained tone and fraternal
love, conserve our strength and cement the national life with everlasting
oneness". Just after sending this letter, Sri Guruji was arrested on the
false charge of conspiracy to murder Mahatma Gandhi.
The disgraceful anti-national and treacherous role played by the Communist
Party of India during the days of Quit India Movement in 1942 is now a
proven fact of history. Immediately after the murder of Mahatma Gandhi,
the same Communist Party of India (CPI) started launching a tirade against
the R.S.S. holding them responsible for the assassination of Mahatma
Gandhi. K.M. Munshi, Union Congress Minister, wrote in "Organiser" on
October 4, 1949: "CPI is the enemy of Indian Nationalism, tied to the
chariot wheel of USSR; R S S is fanatically Nationalist, worshipping
Bharath Mata with high powered emotion, looking to ancient India alone for
inspiration. CPI seeks to undermine the foundation of well-ordered life in
order to bring about an upheaval; R.S.S. builds up the foundation of an
unyielding discipline to take over, should the Nationalist Movement fall
before the CPI. To CPI, Lenin, Stalin and USSR are the Father, Son and
Holy Ghost; to R S S India is the Divine Mother, at whose altar
self-immolation is bliss. What is USSR to CPI, ancient Bharath is to R S S
The Church of CPI is materialism; the Church of R S S is Dharma buttressed
with ancient traditions".
Continuously during the last 50 years, the maligners of RSS have believed
in the notorious Goebbels doctrine: "Repeat a lie hundred times, and it
becomes truth". However, that "doctrine" has been totally belied in this
case. The people, except a few gullibles, have long since opened their
eyes to the truth and refused to be led into the trap laid by the Congress
Party, first under Nehru and later under Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and
What do we learn from the daring life and deeds of Sri Guruji Golwalkar?
He seems to give us this message: We should not forget the fact that it is
from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is
shaped. Each time a courageous man stands up for an ideal or acts to
improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth
a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different
centres of energy and daring those ripples often build a current which can
sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression, prejudice and resistance.
What one should have is courage "moral courage, the courage of one"s
convictions, the courage to see things through. Our world is in constant
conspiracy against the brave. It is the age-old struggle" the roar of the
crowd on one side and the voice of our conscience on the other.
V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.
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