Monday, July 30, 2012

“Passing away of activists like Bal Apte leaves a vacuum”: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

MUMBAI July 29:  RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat lamented that the society did not have enough icons to inspire people through their conduct and way of life.
Speaking at a meeting to mourn the demise of BJP vice president Bal Apte, Bhagwat said not many activists are left in public life who inculcate confidence among their followers by leading from the front and laying down examples of their own life to be emulated by others.

Mohan Bhagwat, RSS Chief
“Considering the phase we are passing through in public life, passing away of activists like Bal Apte leaves a vacuum in individual and public lives,” he said. Activists like Apte reach pinnacle of success but never leave their followers, Bhagwat said.

“Grow in stature but also encourage others to grow….These are qualities of an ideal organisation man and such qualities are not taught in text books,” the RSS chief said, adding Apte conducted his public life by remaining within the discipline of his allotted work in the organisation.
Apte (73) passed away at a city hospital on July 17 after a brief illness.

Bala Apte
(Inputs from TNIE)

Assam Violence: Seva Bharati’s relief activity Update

Following are some key details provided by Seva Bharati in Guwahati on their relief activities and conditions prevailing there.

Present Activities and condition:
  • Seva Bharathi has set up 3 base camps for medical relief exercise.
  • 2 in Kokrajhar and 1 in Gossaigaon.
  • They have pressed 2 ambulances and two teams of doctors and helpers at these camps
  • Medicines are being given at these camps for contagious and water borne diseases.
  • Relief materials which are of immediate importance are being provided in these camps now.
  • Mosquito coils, bread, biscuits, bed sheets were distributed.
  • They expect that people will stay in relief camps for at least 20 days to a month as many areas are still under grip of violence
  • Curfew has been lifted only in few parts of Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon where violence has abated.
  • There are other areas and districts where violence is still happening and curfew is still in vogue. (Seva activities cannot reach them now)
Next Activities:
  • Victims at camps are in need of books, cloths and also food. Relief clothing provided now are used clothes. New cloths need to be provided soon.
  • Huge finance is required and any amount is small. Not yet calculated the exact amount required as Seva bharathi is using its relief fund now. So any amount of donation will help immensely.
  • Funds credited directly to Seva Bharati, Guwahati account will be of immense help.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Assault against the RSS for 45 years, CPI(M) leaders facing murder charges: PK Sukumaran

by PK Sukumaran in ORGANISER

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) who unleashed unprovoked and cruel attacks on the RSS workers in Kerala are now paying heavily for its misdeeds. The party which has been considered as a political monolith in the State is now on the verge of collapse as a sizeable number of party workers and sympathisers leave it every day. The voice of dissent against the autocratic and arrogant style of functioning of some of the State leaders, especially that of Pinarayi Vijayan, the State secretary is coming from VS Achuthanandan, the octogenarian ex-Chief Minister and the present Opposition leader in State Assembly.

The brutal attacks on RSS had begun nearly 45 years back. The only reason for this was the intolerant mindset of the party cadres not to allow the RSS ideology in Kannoor District as they considered the area as their own pocket. When attempts were made to start RSS shakha in some parts of Kannoor district in early sixties the communists sharpened their weapons and because of that every attempt had been failed. But anyhow when some shakhas were started, there were attacks from the CPI(M) cadres. After the party split in 1964, the Left faction i.e., CPI(M) made systematic attempts to thwart the spread of nationalist Hindu ideology. When the work of Bharatiya Jana Sangh started in Thalassery, which was considered as a strong citadel of CPI(M), they started open assaults on the BJS and the RSS workers.

The immediate provocation for the CPI(M) was unexpected support received by the BJS candidates in the local municipal elections. Infuriated CPI(M) cadres brutally murdered Vadikkal Ramakrishnan, a mukhya shikshak of locak RSS shakha while he was returning to his house. It was a revenge, because he was an ordinary worker having allegiance to the Marxist youth wing and he left the party owing to differences with the labour wing of the party. This was the first murder of an RSS worker by the CPI(M) in Kerala.

A noted RSS activist, Sharon,belongs to Manaloor area of Thrissur in Kerala was allegedly killed by CPM supporters. He was brutally attacked yesterday Jan 19, 2012 night and admitted to an hospital. But injury was so severe, he was succumbed to death

Not only that but many swayamsevaks were targeted and many got injuries and many houses were burnt. The sole aim of the Leftists was to annihilate those who left their fold and check further exodus by threatening in every way. The leaders of that party openly declared on many occasions that they wouldn’t allow the RSS philosophy to flourish there. It is to be noted that in the murder case Pinarayi Vijayan was the first accused, but he was acquitted because he got all the help from the then EMS Government.
What was the crime committed by Ramakrishnan? Though an ordinary member of the usual working class, he was attached to the nationalist thoughts and took that thoughts to every nook and corner of Thalassery and its suburbs amongst the youth. It is to be remembered that through the murder of Ramakrishnan the CPI(M) tried to send a strong message that no body should dare to question the domination of the party.

Manoj C C, prominent BMS and BJP leader died in the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, Kerala following a brutal attack by a gang of 15 suspected CPI(M) activists. The attack took place inside his house in Payolli. Manoj was 38 years old. Hindu organizations had alleged that CPI(M) has played a significant role in the murder. (Feb-2012)

After Emergency the political climate of Kerala had under gone a sea change and the common people who opposed the dictatorship of Indira Gandhi had opposed the treachery of Communists also. The CPI (Rightist) whole heartedly supported the Emergency while Leftists did nothing against it. At the same time, the bold and planned efforts done by the RSS and its front organisations throughout India attracted the imagination of the people and it reflected in Kerala also. Youths came close to the RSS ideology and there was an upsurge in starting new shakhas everywhere, so also the opposition from CPI(M).

The tiger who had tasted human body could not lie idle. So, starting from Kannoor there were murderous calls to the other parts of the State. In September 1977 CPI(M) attacked a Sangh shakha and killed the mukhya shikshak, Pannunda Chandran, a college student. He was the son of a Marxist party worker in Pinarayi Panchayat, the birth place of CPI(M) party State secretary.

Murderers continued their attacks and more RSS workers lost their lives. In the year of 1979 they murdered three, in 1980 nine, and in 1981 six. There was a chain of gruesome killings in which 21 youth fell prey to the Marxist daggers in Kannoor district itself. The leadership of CPI(M) took this district as an experimental area to see that threatening and finishing of the opponents would work or not. The result showed success, because nobody except the RSS raised a dissent or protest voice. At the same time CPI(M) had the privilege of having power in their hands. Truth and justice were far away as cases were registered by the police on the whims and fancies of CPI(M) leaders. So, punishment of the culprits was a distant reality and ultimately law and order became a causality.

Once while frequent clashes and one sided attacks were on the rise, Shri P Parameswaran, senior RSS pracharak appealed to Shri EMS Namboodiripad to take the fight from physical clash to ideological level, his reply was that both would go on simultaneously! People could see the irresponsibility and true intention of the party. It was then considered by everybody that Marxist blood thirsty cadres did not want peace and tolerance, but only suppression of other ideologies the result of which in 1981-82 period nearly 15 RSS workers had to lay down their lives outside Kannoor. On June 13 a former Marxist worker and his wife were murdered in a village in Alapuzha district in the broad day light. The only fault from their part was that they were attached to the RSS ideology and their two daughters became workers of Rashtra Sevika Samiti. Within two days of that incident two swayamsevaks were murdered by Marxist goonda gang while there were some rituals and festivals going on in a village temple. In the next month RSS taluk karyavah Viswambharan fell prey to CPM hidden attack with knife.

After murders in Aplapuzha district the CPI(M) unleashed attacks in Tripayar, a coastal village in Trissoor district. There the house of an RSS worker was burnt and two prominent workers were butchered. The planned attack on five RSS workers and gruesome murder of three of them at Murukkumpuzha on August 17 had shocked the whole State.

RSS always builds its organisational base with Peace. On Feb 14-2012, RSS Sarasanghaclak Mohan Bhagwat in Kerala Pravas, visited major religious institutes namely Mata Amrutanandamayi Mutt and Sivagiri Mutt at Varkala near here, founded by saint-reformer Sree Narayana Guru. But CPI(M) hates RSS for unjustified reasons.

In 1996 three ABVP students of Parumala Pampa College were attacked in their classroom. When they ran outside to save themselves and jumped into Pampa river they were forced to drown, because they could not raise their heads owing to heavy pelting of stones by the SFI – DYFI gangs. Some ladies who were washing cloths tried to rescue the boys but they were also threatened to hold back. In 2002 two brothers were murdered as a retaliation against quitting of the party along with ten of their friends. Marxist leadership went on the annihilation tactics to upper levels and the result was the murder of Pannayanoor Chandran, the district secretary of the BJP. He was murdered in front of his father and wife.

He was a rising star of BJP in that area. He secured more than 13,000 votes in the Assembly elections just before the incident. Another shocking tragedy was the unexpected murder of KT Jayakrishnan a school teacher while he was teaching in his classroom in Mokeri UP School. The brutal murder by the Marxist ‘Kapaaliks’ shocked severely the small children in front whom the cruelty was done. Jayakrishnan was a dedicated worker of the RSS and State vice president of the BJP. In 2002 a woman, who was returning after taking part in the funeral of an RSS worker Uthaman, also fell prey to the Marxist knife in Kannoor.

In short each and every village of Kerala has to say at least one tragic story of Marxist attack on RSS and its sympathisers. It has to be noted that other ideologists were also not spared by the Marxists. But the Marxist devils preferred the blood and flesh of RSS more. Total number of RSS workers who scarified their precious lives comes to nearly about 200.

The annihilation game plan by the Marxists is still going on but with a difference. The unscrupulous cadres of that party raised their knife and sword against their own comrades who maintain some difference with official groups. In Vatakara a prominent dissident leader TP Chandresekharan was cut into pieces on the night of May 4, 2012. Since 4-5 years there was a strong group who had differences with the official section and they formed a parallel faction called Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP). This group is slowly and gradually increasing its strength.

Immediate effect of the present crack in CPI(M) monolith was reflected in the resignation of Selvaraj, the Neyyattinkara MLA who won the recently held byelection on UDF ticket. Former CM VS Achuthanandan is now spearheading the voice of dissent but the Pinarayi faction is not in a position to touch him because it may result in the vertical split of the party. As, one who knows the history of CPI(M)’s arrogance and Stalinist style of working have the strong feeling that this party has to change a lot otherwise it would collapse.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

‘JK Interlocutor report is anti-national’: RSS leader V Nagaraj at Bangalore

Bangalore July 6: “The report on Jammu and Kashmir by the Interlocutors is purely anti-national. The facts and suggestions mentioned in report are totally against the national interest, hence  citizens has to oppose this report, said RSS top Functionary V Nagaraj at Bangalore, today.

RSS Kshetreeya Boudhik Pramukh V Nagaraj speaks at Protest against JK Interlocutors Report at Bangalore July-6-2012 (1)

V Nagaraj, RSS Kshethreeya Boudhik Pramukh, was addressing the massive protest gathering against the report submitted by the Interlocutors   on Jammu and Kashmir in front of Town Hall Bangalore on Friday.

“The report is purely fabricated. The intention of the report is subjected for a wide debate. It has referred Pak Occupied Kashmir as Pak Administered Kashmir, showing a clear ani-India view. Throughout the report, the points mentioned are favouring partition and separatism. It directly echoes the sentimets of the separatists. Dileep Padgaonkar who lead this 3 membered interlocutots team is not better to be called as ‘Paid’-Gaonkar . Kashmir will remain the integral part of India”, said V Nagaraj

Criticising the interlocutors, V Nagaraj added “In fact when it was revealed that two of the three interlocutors had participated in Anti-Bharat seminars upon the invitation accorded to them by ISI agent Dr.Ghulam Muhammad Fai, questions were raised on the intentions of the interlocutors group”.
“The interlocutors report is a bundle of contradictions and a part of the international conspiracy to separate Jammu-Kashmir from the rest of nation. Any kind of debate is not possible on this anti-national document.This report should be rejected in its totality and it is absolutely necessary to directly challenge this trend” , V Nagaraj said.

Adding on, he said “The previous session of the parliament ended only some time ago. If the government was really keen on a debate on the recommendations of the interlocutors, it could have presented it in the parliament”

Sri Pranesh Nagari, President, Kashmiri Hindu Association, Karnataka was presiding over the function. Sri Ullas, Co-convenor, Hindu Jagarana Vedike, Karnataka delivered the key note address.

A delegation lead by RSS Pranth Karyavah N Tippeswamy submitted a Memorandum to the President of India through Governor of Karnataka, Hamsaraj Bharadwaj at Rajbhavavn Bangalore requesting to squash the JK interlocutor report.

Nearly 2000 citizens participated in the protest event organised by Jammu Kashmir Ulisi Horata Samiti, Bangalore Unit.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Emergency time : Sangh’s contribution in restoring democracy

Indira Gandhi declared emergency through the President, Mr. Fakruddin Ali Ahmed on 25th June 1975 which ran for almost two years till May 1977. Many of us know that this Emergency costed Indira Gandhi her next elections. But, how did it happen? How was RSS a catalyst in the big movement that threw Indira Gandhi out?
In this blog, a few details on what led to Emergency and what was RSS’ role in it, are captured.
What led to Emergency?

During 1970 mid-terms polls were called for and Indira Gandhi won the elections with thumping victory. Over the several years after that, the power vested in the hands of Indira Gandhi gave her over-confidence which built arrogance in her about people’s trust in her. She slowly started ruling the nation autocratically.

In March 1973, in his last bouddhik – “vijay hi vijay”, P.P Sri Guruji had clearly predicted that Dictatorial leadership is imminent on the nation.

During 1971 and 1972, first in Gujarat and then in Bihar, students led movements against corruption. This movement later attracted support from all political parties. Jai Prakash Narayan led this movement across. This built a massive public opinion against corruption, and as a result in 1973, Congress lost elections in Gujarat.

Meanwhile, Raj Narain went to Allahabad High Court alleging that Indira Gandhi won the election unconstitutionally and hence her election should be annulled. The court gave a verdict in favor of Raj Narain.

This verdict gave energy to the opposition in demanding resignation of Indira Gandhi as the Prime Minister. All political parties led several agitations demanding Indira Gandhi’s ouster.

Feeling Insecure and being arrogant, Indira Gandhi recommended to the then President, Mr. Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, to declare emergency. Thus came emergency on June 25th 1975, even though there was no external threat to the country from any neighbors from invasion, nor any internal disturbances to the constitutional government.

What is Emergency?

Constitution provides powers to declare Emergency during the times when there are either external security threats or internal disturbances leading to lawless situations.

1. MISA (Maintenance of Internal SecurityAct) was used by the Government in arresting all major opposition Leaders, in the name of pre-empting any potential commotions. It also banned organizations like RSS, Jammat e-Islam, the naxaliste based CPI(ML). Even though RSS did not pose any threat to the Government, it banned RSS the second time (the first time being after Gandhi-ji’s assassination in 1948.)

2. Government also enforced censorship on newspaper content. So, any publication in news papers would be censored by the Government. If any publication manages to publish any content which is not liked by the Government, it would ban the organization.

What did Sangh do?

1. Sangha took a resolve to focus on restoring democracy than working towards lifting the ban on RSS.

2. Since newspapers were censored and public were not aware of the ruthless emergency affairs, Sangha planned to distribute the same news across the country through alternate media of informal printing and distribution of pamphlets.

3. Alternate Media:
Within the first one month, Sangha identified a network of anonymous people who would form the infrastructure of passing information/news of any undemocratic events in any part of India. News would go from villages to Delhi and from Delhi back to various villages. For example, Sri dwArakAchAry would send news to Delhi. Since printing is traceable and the printing house could be confiscated by the Government, Sangha took to cyclostyling  of the content.

Swayamsevaks would take the cyclostyled documents and distribute them anonymously to houses, public reading rooms etc. Based on the response of reception by individuals and houses, Swayamsevaks would continue/repeat distribution there.

This continued for about 8 to 10 months. This built confidence in the society to slowly come out in public and join the movement.

4. Satyagraha:
Sangha planned for satyAgraha from 14th November 1975 to sankrAnti of 1976 with only four demands:

  1. Remove Emergency and restore democracy
  2. Lift Censorship on Media house publications
  3. Release arrested leaders and lastly
  4. Lift ban on RSS

In the beginning, except RSS and Akali dal in Punjab, not many used to participate in the Satyagraha. Several Swayamsevaks would come out and participate in satyagraha to build confidence in the society to fight emergency and also to bring awareness of what is going on in the country. For example, ringing all the bells in the temple and continuously ringing bicycle bells while riding them, for no reason, but to attract attention of the people.

Government used another law called ‘Defense of Indian Rules (DIR)’ and arrested several Swayamsevaks. For example, Sri. umAmaheSwara Rao from Visakhapatnam was arrested as part of this DIR. One magistrate however ruled out this arrest and freed the arrested. Other magistrates also attempted in taking this as precedence and denying arrest of Swayamsevaks.

5. As part of this Satyagraha, several locally popular leaders were encouraged and invited to speak in public places, to eradicate fear in the minds of people so that the society can come out and join the movement.

Sri Chilukuru Subrahmanya Sastry also came in public in defiance, only to get arrested. He utilized this opportunity in daily bringing together all the Swayamsevaks in the jail and give them bouddhiks to boost their confidence and keep up their self confidence, since they don’t know how long would they be in the jails. Excepting sharIrik activities, it used to be like a sangha SikshA varga.

Literature was exchanged between sangha and communist parties as well.

Senior adhikaris and karyakartas in jails did their best in keeping lively atmosphere in jails, by singing songs, bhajans etc.

Any anti-public atrocities conducted by police were immediately documented and shared with the public through the pamphlets.

6. Swayamsevaks outside would go collecting nominal funds, in the amounts of five rupees atleast, from common people like Govt employees, to be able to support the families of those who were arrested. Swayamsevaks, outside the jail, raised funds and do activities that would:

  1. help run the movement
  2. boost the morale of those arrested
  3. raise funds to support the families of those arrested
  4. exchange communication between the arrested and their families.

One of the kAryakartAs from Godavarikhani of Karimnagar district was arrested when he was distributing these pamphlets. He was tortured by the police in trying to find out the source and authors of the pamphlets. He didn’t give even one name. In all, they have lit 200 candles on his back making him lie down. He still kept the secret. Once, when he went to the bathroom, secretly some photographs of his back were taken and published again in the pamphlets.

7. Kerala DIG once told Indira Gandhi on Dec 31st 1975 that it was tough to arrest RSS workers as the RSS offices were deserted and Swayamsevak homes were RSS offices and that it is tough to go after so many families.

8. Dr. Subrahmanian Swamy formed Friends of India Society (FOIS) and toured countries like UK, USA and lectured to Indian public and others about the horrible state of affairs of the Indian Government and the society to build the public opinion against Indira Gandhi to pressurize her to lift Emergency.
9. Meanwhile, Sanjay Gandhi went on a massive movement of conducting vasectomy operations  in the name of family planning on a large scale. This drew obvious displeasure and antipathy in the pubic towards Sanjay Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Congress in general.

10. P.P Balasaheb-ji expressed that because of emergency, sangh work expanded beyond imagination. For example, sangh work was prevalent in about 350 villages before emergency, while after emergency, we have reach from 6 to 8 thousand villages to almost 10 thousand villages in Andhra Pradesh state itself.

How did it restore?

Intelligence reports to Indira Gandhi stated that it might be a good time to go for general elections as all the leaders were in jails. Indira Gandhi called for elections in May 1977. Only few leaders were released and several were still in the jail. Several leaders have filed their nominations while in Jail as well.

The Government tried to entice RSS adhikaris that it would lift ban on RSS if they stop supporting Janata Party. RSS had it clear in their minds that they are fighting for restoring democracy in the nation than for their personal, organizational benefit. In 1948, it fought for lifting the ban imposed on it wrongly alleging it for Gandhiji’s assassination. But it didn’t gain much public support. But during emergency, it fought only for the nation and public, hence it garnered support from all parties and corners of the society.

There was a mass sentiment in the public against Congress during the emergency period. All the political parties realized that  they should come together as one and fight elections. As expected communist parties didn’t join, but Jana Sangh, socialist party and others have come together and formed Janata Party. Youth on their own have come on the roads and would right graffiti against corruption, Congress and Indira Gandhi. Janata Party won elections under the leadership of Morarjee Desai, even though they won only one seat (Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy) in  Andhra Pradesh.

After losing elections, Indira Gandhi herself lifted Emergency and ban on RSS.

There are some accusations on P.P Balasaheb-ji that he offered in writing to the Government about surrendering. There was no such communication. The letters written in formal, courteous and respectful to the Prime Minister was misconstrued by the communists and the media as soft sided with the Government, which is absolutely wrong.

To summarize, following were the contributions by RSS during emergency :

  1. Several Swayamsevaks sacrificed their careers and life and went to jails (over lakhs of Swayamsevaks went to jail as part of the satyAgraha movement)
  2. Provided alternate media to the society in sharing the news of importance
  3. Provided moral support to those who were arrested by keeping constant exchange of communication between those arrested and their families
  4. Raised funds to support the families of those arrested
  5. Restored confidence in the society to come into foray in defiance, through speeches of several people and the distribution of pamphlets
  6. Brought together several political parties and groups to fight the corruption and the government.

On June 25, 2012 it was 37 years since the Emergency was imposed. History is to be studied to learn lessons from it to not repeat such mistakes and to keep up the great contributions of the past and go to param vaibhavam state.