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The Times of India, Bangalore, on June 17, 2007 put out a report on the “politically neglected” Karnataka Brahmins, who form just 3%, giving them ideas so that they could also like UP form some “caste combination” to come to power.
The reporters met some Brahmin politicians to goad them to action but found the response too discouraging. To their utter shock they found these Brahmins not only a micro-minority caste but also the most hated lot and trusted by no other castes.
So much so the 3% Brahmins, ignored by everybody else, have finally beelined to BJP and made it their home.
Caste composition
There are 42 lakh Brahmins in Karnataka, of which 15 lakh are in Bangalore, according to H.N. Hiriyannaswamy of Akhila Karnataka Brahmana Mahasabha (AKMS).
Smartha Brahmins have 12 subcastes.
Madhwa Brahmins 4 subcastes and 14 mutts.
Srivaishnava Brahmins 5 subcastes.
Brahmins in India as a whole have 65 subcastes. (Source: website of AKBM)
How to deceive people: The Times even published a cartoon giving ideas to their jatwalas about capturing political power: make all other non-Brahmin castes fight each other. As they get busy fighting, you quickly climb to the top of ladder. This is the good old time-tested Brahminical trick of divide and rule. And it is still working in their favour in many parts of the country.
But there is one point which the Times journalists did not answer. Day in day out, these Brahmin journalists ridicule the politicians, call them corrupt, manufacture all sorts of stories to malign them to make them the most hated lot. Why then they want the Brahmins to get into the same “political class”?
Hate-Muslim campaign not working: They are trying through their toilet papers (English dailies are read by not even 4% of the country’s population) to make us hate the politicians. But the reality is despite their best efforts to weaken the legislature, boost the judiciary, media, IT, financial sector, educational institutions etc., they find to their utter shock that the hated political power is the ultimate power. SC/ST/BCs and Muslim/Christian/Sikhs — 85% who constitute the Bahujans —alone have the strength of numbers. And the Brahmins being mere 3% can never gain political power. Their good old game of instigating “Hindus” against Muslims has stopped working. They are deeply worried and this worry has made them think of the UP formula of “caste combination”.
The Brahmins being a cunning clan also know the UP formula is confined only to UP where the Brahmin percentage is as high as 15. It can’t be extended to any other state. (DV Edit June 1, 2007: “Dalits alone can protect Brahmin life & property: Lessons of UP election”).
Why shudra castes are hated: What is puzzling is a caste which claims itself to be the country’s “most intelligent”, is not intelligent enough to understand that the Bahujan (85%) concept not only does not include the Brahmin but it also keeps out not merely the Brahmin but also the Kshatriya, Vaishya and the landed shudra castes like Karnataka’s Lingayats and Vokkaligas who are much more hated than the Brahmins.
Brahmins are not the only hated jati. In UP, the Dalits consider Yadavas as oppressors. In different parts of India different jatis are oppressors.
The Brahmana Jati Party (BJP) in Karnataka is loaded with Lingayats. BJP’s top leader is a Lingayat, presently Dy. CM in the JD(S)-BJP coalition govt. They also form the largest chunk of MPs from Karnataka.
Lingayats and Vokkaligas are the state’s landed (shudra) gentry and all landlord communities are oppressive all over the country. Marathas (MS), Jats (Punjab), Nairs (Kerala), Reddis and Khammas (AP), Mudaliar and Goundars (TN), Rajputs, Patels (Gujarat). It is this class of landed gentry — despite pushed to the despised fourth -grade place in the Brahminical caste hierarchy — that has gone closer to the Brahmins instead of remaining nearer to the Bahujans.
In other words the Enemy No.1 of the Bahujans is the shudra landed castes — and not so much the Brahmins.
We had cleared this point while writing on Mayawati victory in UP (DV Edit June 1, 2007). The Yadavas of UP despite being part of the Bahujan Samaj tormented the Dalits so much that they readily agreed to join the Brahmins.
Does it not become clear that the Bahujans have nothing against Brahmins. In the caste pyramid, the Brahmins are at the top and the Untouchable Dalits are at the bottom. The two have no chance to meet like the North Pole and South Pole. How then can there be any Dalit hostility against Brahmins?
Why the “brainy Brahmins” go on saying that Dr. Ambedkar suffered from intense anti-Brahmin mania and DV is generating Brahmin hatred (DV Edit July 16, 2005: “In defence of Brahmins”).
Babasaheb Ambedkar had many Brahmin friends, many Brahmins joined him while he embraced Budhism in a mass conversion.
Truth never admitted: The “brainy Brahmins” may know the truth but they will not admit this truth. This is the problem with them.
All these are facts of history. And yet the “brainy Brahmins” have not read this history. And that is why they are losing on all fronts and have now become the target of all-round attack. Thousands of them are fleeing India itself and settling with their White Western racial family.
The problem with the Brahmin is any amount of study, experience, travel or long stay in a foreign country will not change his mental make-up which is a genetic characteristic. The hate mail from Brahmins we get daily after seeing our website come mostly from very young Brahmins. Not the oldies. Some of them say they are working as nuclear scientists in USA. But whether he is a scientist, a philosopher or Harward professor he is first a Brahmin. This is also the case with the Jew. After all the “Jews of India” are their brothers.
The Times headline for their conspiratorial story is “Caste calculations”. Fine. But there is a problem here. When we talk about our caste, the Brahmin is the first to pounce and warn us not to talk of caste. They hate caste-based reservation and insist “merit” alone shall be the criterion (Merit, My Foot, DSA-2006, Rs30). We have received hundreds of emails and letters warning us not to talk of caste. The Brahmin hates any talk of caste because he knows any discussion on caste promotes caste consciousness.
Caste as a nation: That is why he always likes to talk on “casteless society” even as he continues to strengthen his caste.
When we wrote our book, Caste — A Nation Within the Nation (Books for Change, Bangalore, 2004-3rd print) and the publishers sent the book for review they simply threw it to waste paper basket. Not a single paper in India reviewed it. They did not publish even the PTI report from London announcing our book getting the prestigious international LISA award in London (2005). Such is the Brahmin hatred for caste. But the same Brahminical Times has now made a story on “caste calculations” for its Sunday edition so that the Brahmins of Karnataka could hatch a UP- type conspiracy to come to power.
In other words the Brahmins will like “caste” and love “caste” if the caste helps their jati to gain power. As they are not getting political power because of their numerical minority they are provoking their readers to hate caste and hate everything with caste.
Manuwadi marxists: Their own Manuwadi marxist parties in Bengal and Kerala have suppressed the entire Bahujans by destroying their caste consciousness. In Calcutta, the two political leaders hating each other suddenly embraced each when they found the Dalit-Muslim unity growing because of SEZ agitation. (DV July 1, 2007 p.8: “Jyoti Basu-Mamata unity to scuttle Dalit-Muslim unity” ?).
Despite all these Brahminical tricks to kill caste and destroy our caste consciousness through their Manuwadi marxism on one side and Hindu terrorist party bid for “Hindu unity” on the other, caste is in tact and growing. Nay. The Bahujans of India have never forgotten their caste because that constitutes their ethnic roots. You destroy the roots, the tree falls and dies.
Now that the country’s largest circulated English daily — though going totally mad in its monkey business — has admitted that caste has a big role to play by asking its principal Brahmin readership to go back to caste, it must continue to apply the same yardstick, the same principle, when it comes to all other castes.
Treachery: India’s two greatest critics on Brahmins are the Budha and Babasaheb Ambedkar. The first eradicated Brahminism and caused the “golden period of Indian history” which the Brahmins destroyed and brought India back to darkness. The only other person who could equal the Budha was Babasaheb Ambedkar, “independent” India’s tallest titan. This is history.
Both these historical personalities have written thousands of pages on the crimes of Brahmins without ever hating an individual Brahmin. Many Brahmins were admitted to Budha’s Dhamma. So also Babasaheb.
Almost all the revolutionaries of India have written against Brahmins (V.T. Rajshekar, Brahminism, DSA-2001). We have nothing more to add to this long list of Brahminical treacheries given by all these great people. We are only repeating what they have said hundred and one times. Yet not an iota of the Brahmin behaviour has changed since the Budha first wrote about their treachery.
Law of contradictions: The Times telling the Brahmin to resort to “caste calculations” to come to power is not new. Brahmins have been applying the “law of contradictions” (write to DV for a copy of the book by Mao Tse-Tung, Rs. 40) to play one caste against the other in every part of India to see that their illegally usurped properties and privileges are not lost when Babasaheb’s constitution brought parliamentary democracy throwing the Brahmins into dog house. Earlier, they launched the “freedom movement” against the British so that they could take over from the British. But Babasaheb’s constitution struck the first nail on the Brahminical coffin. Different state govts. passed into the hands of non-Brahmins. Since about eight years, even the Union Govt. is going out of their hands because caste and region -based parties have ousted all “national” (read Brahmin) parties like the Congress, BJP, CPI-CPM etc.
The coming parliamentary election will see the final death of all “national” parties and the Govt. of India will be capured by caste and regional parties. This is the DV prediction.
Foreign elements in India: Naturally, Brahmins are seriously worried. We pity their plight. But if they need our sympathy, they must stop playing all their heinous game, start behaving like normal human beings and assure the Bahujans that despite their alien origin they would live within India like all other people and be one with them. Brahmins are not the only foreign elements in India. There are many others. But the Bahujans have no trouble with the other alien elements except the Brahmins.
This is just an advice. Millions before us have given the same advice. Periyar E.V. Ramaswamy knew that such an advice will never be accepted as the loyalty of the Brahmin is to his caste and not to his country. Their talk of Hindutva and Hinduism is to do business but practice Brahminism.
Who killed Gandhi: In the light of such serious contradictions in the very psyche of the Brahmin, we can only say the future of Bhoodevatas will be extremely precarious.
A set of people who killed their own “Father of Nation” — one who did so much for them to drive out the British and instal their own man in Delhi— what can be said about them? We have exhausted all words trying to put sanity into their heads but they are declining to be sane and straight.
History is not on their side. They know it. And we also know it. The war that began with the Budha and continued with Babasaheb Ambedkar is going on. It will not end until one side emerges victorious. We also know that it will be a prolonged war. All the Brahminical diversionary talk of 10% growth rate and “India shining” business will not make the Bahujans forget their caste and target their centuries-old oppressors.

Am not politically too much aware to really judge if equating RSS with SIMI is justifiable. But, there is no doubt RSS, VHP, Bajrang dal, Shiv sena are all extremists groups and have more than once contributed to unnecessary and despicable communal and social tension in the country.

If only these political parties had the guts to demand apology from their own allies to the country whenever they did  something wrong. It’s easy to dance on the opposition’s head!!

by Dronacharya

RSS-BJP are planning riots post Sept 24 2010 Judgement. They know their case is based on lies and deception. Taiyyari poori kar lee hai. 8 lakh RSS Senas + Bajrangis + Shiv Sainiks + Bombs + Gas cylinders + Jeeps + Acid bombs etc. etc. etc. RSS-mobs in Khaki Chaddis will rape and kill (with impunity); while RSS workers in Khaki Trousers (Police / BSF / RAF / CRPF) look the other way round. A few thousand Muslims will die. A Commission of Enquiry would be formed., that will take 15-20 years to present its report., which will eventually be filed., without any conviction against anyone. The perpetrators of mob vilence will graduate to become MLAs and MPs in the coming years.

Jama Masjid Attack : RSS/VHP/BJP/Bajrang Dal terrorists are planting bombs thru-out India. Wearing green kurtas and skull caps (Muslim Costume); they are doing this dirty job. It is rumoured that Indian Mujahideen is a manufactured creation of Intelligence Agencies & RSS. This is psychological warfare unleashed on the poor muslims of india. [Read S.M. Mushrif’s book : “Who Killed Karkare]. Indian Muslims have a 3 issue agenda: (1) survival (2) bread-and-butter (3) avenues for growth (education+jobs). They do not have a 4th item on their agenda.

Shaheed Hemant Karkare gave his life, yet India as a nation is not sensitised to the fact that 90% of all terrorist activity inside India is managed by RSS-BJP.

RSS Strageties : Based on the past experience of 63 yrs ! (1) RSS workers throw beef in a temple., or garland Gandhi’s statue with beef botis + bones (2) RSS workers throw pork in a mosque (3) Playing music at the time of prayers deliberately (4) Using abusive langauge on the loudspeaker – hate speech at its worst ! The swords, stones, bombs, jeeps, and the mobs are ready ! Riots are planned MONTHS in advance… and are NOT spontaneous ! Armed with computerised print-outs., RSS mobs rape and kill with impunity.

Police Tumhare Saath Hai – is the unwritten Law. The whole Indian Police / CRPF / BSF is Vanzara-ised. Honest policemen like Hemant Karkare are a “rarity”… hence eliminated !

CWC Opening: 28 Sept 2010.
Babri Masjid Title Suit : 24 Sept 2010.
Obama’s Visit : Nov 2010. (Just a little before President Bill Clinton landed., Indian Intelligence Agencies along with RSS killed around 50 innocent Hindus. To present India as a victim… an aggreived party. Clinton was extremely sharp. He understood the trap., and the fact that this was an intelligence operation designed to garner “sympathy”).
Bihar Assembly Elections … Before any US Dignitary’s visit… there is a blast… so that the “victimhood” and “sympathy” can be encashed.

All pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Digvijay Singh is absolutely correct when he predicts that RSS’s deafening silence is the lull before the storm. RSS-Mafia and BJP Senas (Pvt. Army of goons) are planning riots against Indian Muslims ! This is the silence before the storm !!!

RSS will not rest until it turns India into a Hindu-Afghanistan.


By Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadvi,

P. Chidambaram’s saffron terrorism remark angered BJP, RSS and their followers. BJP has objection at association of terrorism to particular organization. BJP, which has a long history of blaming whole Muslim community and calling Muslim areas as epicenter of ISI and terrorism, is now objecting at the term.

There are two things that should be clear to everyone: One, associating terrorism to particular community; and second, terrorism of Hindutva.

Common Muslims, Ulema and other Muslim leaders have been demanding for long that terrorism should not be linked to a particular community, or religion. Their repeated demand remained unheeded. Nobody was ready to address their pain and agitations. Everyone was seeing them as liars and cheaters. BJP and its followers were working to add more fuel in it. The result finally ended with the arrest of hundreds of Muslim boys.

Most of them have been acquitted of the terror charges. However, a large number of Muslim boys are still languishing in jails and no one knows when their pain will end and when they will be freed.

As for existence of terrorists in Muslim community, it has been proven many times that Muslim youths are implicated in false terror cases. Acquittal of most of them by the courts in various states where they were arrested is a big evidence of their innocence. The latest example comes from Gujarat where nine people were acquitted by a local court.

Unfortunately, while mere arrest of innocent Muslim youths in terror cases was seen as a matter of security of the country, cases of Hindutva Terrorist carrying out bomb blasts, making bombs and placing it in Muslim areas in the garb of Muslim identity were not taken as a security issue by the police or state and central government. It is seen just an incident that happens everywhere.

The term of terrorism was used with different colors – Islamic terrorism, jihadists and Jihadism– when it was being associated with Muslims. BJP, its allied functionaries and their followers in Media, security agencies and in other government run-offices were busy in blaming Islam and Muslim community for every single, big and small incident related to terrorism without checking the facts and following the clues. It was their great work. No one can deny their role in maligning Muslim community.

BJP’s hue and cry over P Chidambaram‘s statement on saffron terrorism is an effort to cover their terrorism. If today terrorism has no color except black, as Congress clarified with vote bank politics in mind, then why it was silent when Islam and whole Muslim community were being blamed for the menace.

Today, when the term of saffron terrorism or Hindu terrorism is being used, BJP disrupts Parliament. It used immoral ways to express their objection at associating terrorism to Hindutva groups. News channels offices were vandalized. At last, it tried to play its old and very important card saying that it is the insult of Hindu nation.

Modi, who has lost moral right to stay as chief minister of Gujarat where a large number of Indian citizens, most of them Muslims, were killed in riots or encountered later and where the Indian constitution was being paralyzed and where all doors of justice had been closed on Muslims and where a majority of Muslim youths were put into jail, says that Prime Minister should apologize for saffron terror remark. He forgets that his hand is colored with the blood of innocent Muslims.

Members of Bajrang Dal openly brandish weapons, but without any repercussions. [Photo Jammu News Agency]

As for associating the term terrorism to any community, Muslims’ views are very clear from the first day: This term should not be linked to any particular community or religion. There are no differences among Muslims on this in and outside of India.

The second thing is terrorism of Hindutva. Can BJP deny its role in damaging India’s communal harmony? Can BJP deny that various Hindutva groups as an organization or as an individual are involved in bomb blasts? Can BJP deny that those activists and workers who were killed during making bombs were associated with Sangh?

BJP and its leaders are themselves accused in Babri Masjid demolition case and in so many cases of communal violence.

The gravity of the heinous terror attacks carried out by Hindutva activists can be gauged with the fact that they not only targeted Muslim religious places but also used Muslim’s identity and leaved at the site of the attacks, proofs that could indicate to Muslim’s involvement.

Spreading hatred, creating gulf between communities, brainwashing uneducated Hindu youths and inciting them against particular community are very old and common tactics of the game they play.

Challenging court orders, raping constitutions, defying court orders, stopping police and administration form doing their jobs and using religious sentiments to achieve their hateful aim – they do all brazenly.

Their aim, objectives and task are very destructive. Their emergence and supporting them in their destructive role is very harmful to India’s security and its integrity.

Former BJP leader Rithambara with Malegaon bomb accused Pragya Thakur.

No doubt that their network is very strong and their hand is very long. Their political, social and religious groups are active in every corner to check what is happening there and how they can protect themselves from the grip of law. Their work is very old. Their communal minded people are very strong.

Indian security agencies have not been able to prove Muslim’s role in any bomb blast. Acquittal of Muslim boys by the court of charges of terror and waging war against India is a biggest proof.

The failure of Police and security enforcers in proving their charges shows clearly that their mind was set only against Muslims.

BJP banned SIMI when it was leading NDA government at center. The Court once acquitted this organization of the charges leveled against it. There are a large number of cases, in which Muslims came out clean but precious and most important moments of their life were ruined by BJP’s communal politics.

Saffron organizations, on the other hand, have been involved in violence from the first day and now they are involved in making bombs and executing bomb blasts. They used retired Indian army officers and personals for their destructive projects.

Fair investigation of some terrorist attacks confirms the role of Hindutva brigades while other attacks are in need to be investigated honestly not as a matter of Hindus and Muslims but for the sake of India’s integrity and its security.

At last, the important question is: Are Indian citizens ready to accept Hindutva terrorism and their communal project? Can India survive with existence of such destructive objectives? Is protection of Hindutva more important than India’s security?

How long saffron organizations will get free hand to bring bad name to the country? Today or tomorrow it will come into discussion and every Indian will be forced to think on that point.


Hindutva Terrorist Chief Pravin Togadia

Frustrated by the dilution of hardcore Hindutva ideology, fringe groups in the Sangh Parivar turn to militancy.


Pravin Togadia, The Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s international general secretary. Hard-line Hindutva positions of leaders like him have encouraged the adventurism of those like Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Shrikant Purohit.

THE recent revelations about Hindutva terror strikes in various parts of the country have added a new dimension to the political and organisationalcrisis faced currently by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)-led Sangh Parivar.

A senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader with a penchant for flaunting Marxian terminology in his individual interactions described the situation as follows: “For the past five years or so the RSS has tried to develop concrete organisational mechanisms to fight revisionism in the ranks of different Sangh Parivar organisations, particularly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But the revelations in these so-called Hindutva terror cases do indicate that the Sangh Parivar as a whole needs to keep a watch on sectarian tendencies too in a section of the rank and file. That has indeed added to the burden of our tasks in the short, medium and long term.”

The VHP leader’s assessment is at variance with the official statements of the Sangh Parivar leadership on the Hindutva terror cases ranging from the Malegaon blasts of 2006 to the Goa blasts of 2009. Leaders of the various outfits of the Hindutva combine, including RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat and BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad, have maintained that the Sangh Parivar has nothing do with any of the terror attacks. Both Bhagwatand Prasad went to the extent of stating that Congress governments at the Centre and in many States had falsely implicated Sangh Parivar activists in these cases as part of a “deliberate and malicious political ploy”to equate Hindutva organisations with jehadi outfits.

This difference in the public postures of the RSS and BJP top brass with the privately expressed assessment of the Sangh Parivar leadership comesas no surprise to observers of the Sangh Parivar’s political and organisational methods. The art of multi-speak is built into the very structure of the Sangh Parivar. The different outfits and their leadership have practised thisas an effective tool in their political and organisational strategy since the mid-1980s, the period when the Ram Janmabhoomi agitation in Ayodhya peaked.

The strategy was put to telling use during the lead-up to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992, when the then BJP government of Kalyan Singh in Uttar Pradesh promised to protect the structure and then feigned helplessness as armed kar sevaks of the Sangh Parivar demolished the masjid. The so-called extremist wings of the Sangh Parivar,such as the VHP, then claimed victory in the demolition while some BJP leaders, including Lal Krishna Advani, maintained that they were saddened by it.

Divergent opinions

Themulti-speak has generally been nuanced and orchestrated, but there have been occasions when the expression of divergent opinions has gone out of its structured parameters. Such “straying” has happened even on the question ofsectarian influences within the Hindutva combine. One striking example of this can be found in the letter written by B.L. Sharma alias Prem to Advani in 1997, when he resigned as the BJP’s Lok Sabha member from East Delhi. Sharma accused the BJP of forsaking the core principles of the Sangh Parivar and seeking power through unacceptable compromises, even with pro-Islamic elements. Sharma went on to visualise deliverance to the Hindu community through an insurrection in the armed forces.

Similarly, the VHP’s current international general secretary, Pravin Togadia, made bold in 2001 to criticise the internal security policies of then BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre. In the wake of the attack on Parliament House in December 2001, Togadia announced at a VHP conclave in Mathura that the organisation would form groups of vigilantes across the country to keeptabs on suspiciousactivities and people on the lines of the civil society vigilantism Israel practises with the active collaboration of Mossad, its intelligence agency.

Sharma’s proposal of “army intervention” or Togadia’s Mossad-style civil society vigilantism was never formally followed up by the Sangh Parivar. However, these ideas find expression in the activities of the Hindutva terror groups. Investigations by national and State-level agencies into the activities of organisations such asAbhinav Bharat, the Rashtriya Jagran Manch and Sanatan Sanstha reveal that former or serving army officers, fascinated by the ideology of Hindutva, have played a major part in rearing and organising these outfits.


RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat. He maintains that the Sangh Parivar has nothing to do with any of the terror attacks.

The organisations and their leaders, such as Major Ramesh Upadhyay (retd), Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit and Swami Dayanand Pandey,have also tried to promote civil society vigilantism as propagated by Togadia. Investigation records show that they actually cultivated international organisations with Israeli and other connections.

A key piece of evidence in this regard came through the recordings in Swami Dayanand Pandey’s laptop. The recordings revealed not only the planning that went into the 2008 Malegaon blasts but also the fact that Abhinav Bharat’s leadership was in talks with groups based in Nepal and Israel to achieve the goal of establishing a “pure” Hindu Rashtra.

Obviously, none of this was sanctioned formally by the Sangh Parivar or its leadership. But the fact remains that these groups were inspired by and were literally following some of the ideas raised by some senior Sangh Parivar leaders.

The VHP leader who admitted to the presence of “sectarian tendencies” came up with some reasoning too. In his view, a number of“revisionist” ideological aberrations had contributed greatly to the rise of these tendencies. Hence, the Sangh Parivar’s primary battle in this regard should be against the root cause, he opined. For many VHP leaders, all the problems that have come to afflict the Sangh Parivar, especially the BJP, arose during the six-year stint in power from 1998 to 2004.

The VHP leader said these years andthe run-up to them marked a phase of compromises on issues relating to ideology and political practice, such as the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, and advocacy of a uniform civil code.

He explained: “All these compromises were made as part of tactical electoral adjustments to win over allies, who were expected to be convinced about the Sangh Parivar’spositions over a period of time. Not only did nothing of that sort happen,but our cadre witnessed a substantial reduction in the moral and political authority of our leaders along with the toning down of Hindutva slogans. Many Sangh Parivar functionaries became attuned to the privileges and trappings of power. This departure from core Sangh Parivar values, in terms of both politics and organisational discipline, must have angered some of the rank and file and contributed to the strengthening of sectarian tendencies in them. That is why we want to keep the fight against the root cause at the centre of all political and organisational revival initiatives.”


Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur with then BJP president Rajnath Singh (extreme right), Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (left) and others when they met to condole the death of Laxman Singh Gaud, a member of the State Assembly, in a car accident in February 2008.

In fact, the VHP has consistently highlighted the issue of corruption within other organisations, especially the BJP, in the Hindutva combine.. VHP leaders such as Togadia have been openly critical of even Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is widely considered to be an aggressive Hindutva leader on account of the 2002 genocide against Muslims in the State. Modi is rated by Togadia and his supporters as a person who has compromised with industrialists and big business houses.

Leaders such as Togadia and Ashok Singhal have stated repeatedly that the political philosophy of Hindutva is aimed at helping the “conventionally meek Hindu community to overcome this meekness and match it with the aggression of minority communities like Muslims”. Togadia holds the view that “when leaders of Hindutva organisations give up this historical position, we have no option but to oppose it”. Clearly, the hard-line Hindutva positions of leaders like Togadia, too, have encouraged the adventurism of those like Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Shrikant Purohit.

“Tasks ahead”

Significantly, in 2004, a document aimed at correcting ideological aberrations was formulated under the direction of the RSS and presented at the Mumbai national executive of the BJP, held from June 22 to June 24, 2004. That 42-page document, titled “Tasks Ahead: Immediate and Long-Term”, claimed to have formulated “the main tasks before the party in fulfilment of its resolve to re-energise itself in a comprehensive manner, in order to be able to successfully deal with both the immediate and long-term challenges before the party”. The thrust of this document, too, was on correcting the so-called revisionist tendencies. There was no mention at all of possible extremist or sectarian deviations from the Hindutva cadre and leadership.

The document stated:“Quantitative expansion brings in its wake qualitative deficiencies, which, if unchecked and uncorrected, can hinder further growth and even cause decline. However, an organisation that is aware of its purpose of existence and continually reminds itself of the goal for which it was founded never fails to study these shortcomings and to overcome them by applying necessary correctives. During the period of the party’s phenomenal growth since the late 1980s many shortcomings have surfaced in the organisation. These are inconsistent with our party’s ideals and objectives, with our distinctive ideology, and also with our guiding organisational principles and canons.”

The document went on to state that there had been “an erosion of commitment” to the principles of collective leadership, cooperation and commitment at various levels of the party. “Individualism, lack of consultation and coordination, and absence of camaraderie are taking root, diluting the effectiveness of the party’s activities.” It also said that there was a “rapidly gathering impression that acts of indiscipline will be condoned and that even serious cases of anti-party activities will be overlooked” and that this“has done immense damage to the health of our organisation”.

The document pointed out that promoting individual commitments within the party at the cost of larger political and ideological interests had become widespread and that this had encouraged negative tendencies such as sycophancy, nepotism and corruption.


Former BJP Presidents Rajnath Singh and L.K. Advani. “Rajnath Singh’s elevation [as president in 2005, replacing Advani] was seen as one of the most important rectification initiatives in the post-2004 period, but nothing came of it,” says a senior RSS leader.

According to a senior RSS leader from Uttar Pradesh, Rajnath Singh was asked to take over as BJP president from Advani in 2005 with the clear brief that he would implement the tasks listed in the document, and he was removed from the post in 2009 as he had failed to carry them out. “In fact, Rajnath Singh’s elevation was seen as one of the most important rectification initiatives in the post-2004 period, but nothing came of it,” said the Lucknow-based senior RSS leader.

Obviously, the current BJP president,Nitin Gadkari, too, has a brief from the RSS to carry out these tasks. While there is a general consensus within the higher echelons of the Sangh Parivar that it is too early to make an overall assessment of Gadkari’s performance, there is also the view that his stint so far – since December 2009 – has not been very inspiring in terms of correcting political and organisational deficiencies.

Gadkari’sdependence on established power and pressure groups in the organisational hierarchy to take decisions has been criticised widely within the Sangh Parivar. Still,he has the backing of the RSS leadership at this point of time, essentially on account of the argument that he needs more time to set things in order.

However, thewidespread impression within the rank and file of various Sangh Parivar organisations and among serious observers of the Parivar is that even top leaders of the RSS, including sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, will not be able to give Gadkari too long a rope.

“The context created by the revelations about the so-called Hindutva terror attacks and the extremist tendencies they signify underscore this impression,” said Lucknow-based political analyst Indra Bhushan Singh.

He is of the view that the present context makes it imperative for Gadkari to act fast, at least to create the impression that he is taking steps to advance the interests of the saffron party politically and organisationally. This would essentially involve an assertion of Hindutva in one way or the other.

In actual terms, says Indra Bhushan Singh, this will be directed more against the so-called revisionist tendencies, highlighted both by the VHP leader and in the 2004 document, and less against the so-called sectarian tendencies, which in a way are only a continuation of the original thrust of Hindutva politics.


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The home ministry is “aware” of the presence of Hindu terror outfits and is looking into such cases. The Centre has written to the Madhya Pradesh government to transfer the probe involving one long-time former RSS pracharak, Sunil Joshi, who was recently murdered, to the CBI. Joshi is alleged to have planted bombs in 2007 at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad and the Ajmer Sharif dargah.

Joshi, who was sacked from the RSS for his radical views, was associated with Abhinav Bharat, an outfit accused of involvement in terror activities. Governm-ent sources said the home ministry is keeping a tab on cases involving extremist Hindu outfits. “The MP government had completed its investigation but we are awaiting the response of the state government to hand over the case to CBI,” an official said.
Meanwhile, as the BJP and the Sangh were trying to prepare their line of defence on the issue of Hindu terror, the Congress on Friday demanded a thorough probe into the RSS terror links. The Congress also asked the BJP to clarify its stand on the issue. AICC spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said, “We call upon the RSS to come clean regarding all links of its senior leaders with terror. We also call on the BJP to make its stand clear on the terror links of the leaders of the RSS.” She said her party was shocked to see media reports alleging RSS terror links.
“While the entire nation is engaged in a crusade against terrorism, what has come to light through such reports is the involvement of senior leaders of the RSS, the parent body of the BJP, with terror groups,” Ms Natarajan said.



Hindu Terror Master

NEW DELHI — For the first time in this Hindu-majority nation of 1.1 billion people, the police have announced the arrest of people who are accused of being part of a Hindu terrorist cell.
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Members of a right-wing Hindu group, Bajrang Dal, offering prayers last month in Agra, India.

Pragya Singh Thakur, shown in 2007, has been arrested in a September bombing.

Police officials in western Maharashtra State said they had arrested the nine suspects and charged them with murder and conspiracy in connection with the bombing in September of a Muslim-majority area in Malegaon, a small city. Six people, all Muslims, died in the explosion, which was among a string of terrorist attacks in Indian cities in recent months.

Blame for several of these attacks has been placed on radical Islamist groups; one group, calling itself Indian Mujahedeen, claimed responsibility for several attacks. But the arrests of the Hindu suspects in the Malegaon bombing raised the possibility of another source of terrorism, involving a radical Hindu fringe.

“This is a very dangerous trend,” said Ajit Doval, former chief of India’s Intelligence Bureau, who added that it could undercut efforts to bolster pluralism in India.

Those arrested by the police antiterrorism squad in Maharashtra over the past two weeks included a Hindu nun with links to the principal opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and an army colonel, who is suspected of having provided ammunition and training to the bombers.

The Indian Army has long viewed itself as being free of ideological or political bias, so the arrest of an army officer was deeply troubling to the military. “I can tell you that we are taking it seriously,” said the defense minister, A. K. Antony.

The arrests reinforced growing suspicions over the last few years of a potential threat from Hindu extremists. In August, two members of a right-wing Hindu group called the Bajrang Dal were killed while assembling bombs in the northern industrial city of Kanpur. In 2006, two people who were thought to belong to the same group died under similar circumstances in a bomb-making workshop in Nanded.

Officials in the Central Bureau of Investigation told reporters in New Delhi on Saturday that investigators had established a link between the Nanded group and the Malegaon bombing.

Bal Thackeray, the leader of another Hindu hard-line group, the Shiv Sena, wrote in June in the group’s weekly magazine that Hindus should defend themselves from Islamist attacks by forming their own squads of suicide bombers.

“The threat of Islamic terror in India is rising,” Mr. Thackeray wrote, according to a translation from the Marathi language that was published in The Hindu, a national English-language daily. “It is time to counter the same with Hindu terror. Hindu suicide squads should be readied to ensure the existence of Hindu society and to protect the nation.”

Prosecutors said that investigators of the Malegaon bombing on Sept. 29 traced a motorcycle at the site of the explosion, apparently used to plant the bomb, to a Hindu nun named Pragya Singh Thakur, 37, who lives nearby in Gujarat State. While in college, Ms. Thakur was a member of the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, according to Vishnu Dutt Sharma, a senior leader of the student wing.

Mr. Sharma described Ms. Thakur as “aggressive in her speeches and work.” She was religious and studious, Mr. Sharma said, and did postgraduate work in history.

During a pilgrimage in 2007, Ms. Thakur renounced a worldly life and became a nun, or a sadhvi in Hindi, cutting her hair short and donning orange robes, the sacred color of Hinduism, according to a brother-in-law, Bhagwan Jha. After she became a nun, her name was changed to Purnachetnanand Giri, which means complete consciousness.

Ms. Thakur’s lawyer, Naveen Chomal, said she had done nothing wrong and that the police had arrested her only because her motorcycle was found at the site of the bombing. The police have said they also have taped telephone conversations in which Ms. Thakur wondered aloud why the Malegaon bombing had not inflicted a higher death toll.

Some people have begun to treat the suspects as heroic figures. Several Hindu organizations have rallied to Ms. Thakur’s side, contributing to a fund for her legal defense.

Her father, Chandrapal Singh Thakur, told The Times of India, a national daily newspaper: “If the government doesn’t act in time, common people will have to do something about their own safety. I pray that she succeeds in her endeavors.”

Mr. Thakur has placed a photograph of his daughter on the family altar. The Bharatiya Janata Party has issued statements defending Ms. Thakur.

Her arrest led police investigators to several other suspects, including Lt. Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit. At the time of his arrest, Colonel Purohit was posted with the Indian Army’s education corps, studying Chinese.

A prosecutor, Ajay Misar, said that Colonel Purohit had helped the bombers obtain money, arms and training. “He supplied six pistols and 196 cartridges to the other accused,” Mr. Misar said in a telephone interview.

Dinesh Aggarwal, an inspector in the antiterrorism squad, said the suspects were part of a larger conspiracy. “Their precise role will be known after the investigation is completed,” he said.

The terrorist bombings have become a major political issue, with state elections scheduled for later this month and a national election expected next spring.

The opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, initially distanced itself from Ms. Thakur, but acknowledged that she had been part of its student wing after photographs of her with prominent party leaders were published. Recently, the party has defended her. And the party’s chief minister of Gujarat State, Narendra Modi, accused the government of maligning the army’s image by arresting Colonel Purohit as a pre-election ploy.