# Programmes for Golwalkar centenary year to be discussed
# Organisational election process to start in September
NEW DELHI: A meeting of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh `prant pracharaks' is scheduled to take place in Pune from July 17 to 20. The meet will be attended by `pracharaks' (propagandists) working in its different affiliates, including the Bharatiya Janata Party.
All the `pracharaks' in the BJP — Sanjay Joshi, general secretary in-charge of the organisation, and `sangathan mantris' (general secretaries) in the States — will be attending. Several other `pracharak' leaders of the party will also participate.
Although on the agenda will be a discussion of programmes for the Golwalkar centenary year, RSS sources do not rule out the possibility of recent unsavoury happenings in the party coming up in discussions on the sidelines. An informal report is expected to be presented by Mr. Joshi.
The RSS has maintained a discreet silence on the events involving the slain BJP general secretary, Pramod Mahajan's son, Rahul, who was hospitalised for alleged substance abuse, and aide Bibek Moitra, who died allegedly from an overdose of heroin.
The party's organisational election process will begin around September to be completed by November, it has already been officially announced. It is expected that the RSS will be consulted on the important positions of party presidents at the State level.
At its recent national executive committee meeting here nine days back, the BJP had altered its party constitution to strengthen the positions of the RSS `pracharaks' working in the political field and create more posts in key positions to be filled up by `pracharaks.'
Informally, the process of identification of `pracharaks' who are to be sent to work with the BJP — in addition to those already there — is expected to begin at the Pune meeting.
The RSS was founded in 1925 by the Maratha Brahmin Keshav Baliram Hegdewar on the Aryan Vaishnava Holy day of Vijaya Dashami (the 10th day of the moon) when the Aryan invaders destroyed the Dravidian culture.
RSS militia is organised around local cells or `shakas’ where often weapons are distributed to its hardcore members, who are drilled in a vigorous program of harsh discipline. RSS converted some hindu temples in its supervision as repositories of its weapons as well as centers of dissemination of its racist ideology of Aryan or 'Hindutva' supremacy. Mostly, RSS cadre graduate to the BJP, India's main opposition party.
An American research centre has placed this ultra-nationalist Rashtrya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) on its terrorist list. The East Virginia-based Terrorism Research Center (TRC) is closely connected to the American government and many of its directors and researchers have closely worked with US administrations and have taken part in research and planning for the US administration.
In the list of terrorist organizations in India, the TRC has placed RSS under no. 21. Here is the link as it appeared on 9 September 2004 on the group’s website under the caption “Known Terrorist Groups Operating in India”:
'''VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad)'''
The council was established on August 29, 1964 in Bombay, Maharastra with a political objective of establishing the supremacy of Hinduism all over the world. It obtains funds and recruits from Sangh Parivar sympathisers all across the globe, especially from the US, UK and Canada and has grown to become the main fund-raising agency of Hindutva Fascism. The council was instrumental in the demolition of the Muslim shrine in Oudh, the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya and has organised several massacres of Muslims and Christians. It is in the forefront in the call for a Hindu Rashtra, a Hindu State ethnically cleansed of its non-Aryan populations.
'''Bajrang Dal''' ( Party of Hanuman.)
The militant wing of the VHP, it was formed "to counter `Sikh militancy’ " during the Sikh Genocide of 1983-84 Created with the objective of the eradication of Sikhs which it has termed "Muslims in disguise". Bajrang Dal cadres fought alongside with other Sangh Parivar forces during the communal riots against Sikh community . Recruits carry a " knife-like trident to be slung across the shoulder – an answer to the Sikh kirpan ".Later it has subsequently expanded its targets to include Muslims and Christians as well.
This front comprises students of Hindu religious schools (vidyalayas). It has expanded its base by infiltration into `secular’ universities and later to National Media. Its higher-ranking cadres are well-trained with weaponry usage; they often organise communal campus disturbances against Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. Most of its members graduate to become hardcore RSS and VHP militants.
== Judicial findings against RSS ==
"The RSS adopts a militant and aggressive attitude and sets itself up as the champion of what it considers to be the rights of Hindus against minorities. It has taken upon itself to teach the minorities their place and if they are not willing to learn their place to teach them a lesson. The RSS methodology for provoking communal violence is: a) rousing communal feelings in the majority community by the propaganda that Christians are not loyal citizens of this country; b) deepening the fear in the majority community by a clever propaganda that the population of the minorities is increasing and that of the Hindus is decreasing; c) infiltrating into the administration and inducing the members of the civil and police services by adopting and developing communal attitudes;
d) training young people of the majority community in the use of weapons like daggers, swords and spears; e) spreading rumours to widen the communal cleavage and deepen communal feelings by giving a communal colour to any trivial incident."
> Report of the Justice Venugopal Commission on the Kanyakumari riots of 1982 between Hindus and Christians
"Even after it became apparent that the leaders of the Shiv Sena were active in stoking the fire of the communal riots, the police dragged their feet on the facile and exaggerated assumption that if such leaders were arrested the communal situation would further flare up, or to put it in the words of then Chief Minister, Sudhakarrao Naik, "Bombay would burn"; not that Bombay did not even burn otherwise." –
>Report of the Justice B.N. Srikrishna Commission on the Mumbai riots of 1992-1993.
"The organisation responsible for bringing communal tension in Bhiwandi to a pitch is the Rashtriya Utsav Mandal. The majority of the leaders and workers of the Rashtriya Utsav Mandal belonged to the Jan Sangh (the predecessor of the BJP) or were pro-Jan Sangh and the rest, apart from a few exceptions, belonged to the Shiv Sena."
>Report of the Justice D.P. Madon Commission on the Bhiwandi, Jalgaon and Mahad of 1970
"Here was not only a failure of intelligence and culpable failure to suppress the outbreak of violence but (also) deliberate attempts to suppress the truth from the Commission, especially the active participation in the riots of some RSS and Jana Sangh leaders."
>Report of the Justice Jagmohan Reddy Commission on the Ahmedabad riots of 1969
"The dispute on the route of the procession became sharp and agitated reactions from a group of persons calling themselves the Sanyukt Bajrang Bali Akhara Samiti who systematically distributed pamphlets to heighten communal feelings and had organisational links with the RSS. A call for the defiance of the authority and the administration when it refused permission for one of the routes led to a violent mob protesting and raising anti-Muslim slogans and thereafter an incendiary leaflet doing the rounds of Jamshedpur that is nothing short of an attempt to rouse the sentiments of Hindus to a high pitch and to distort events and show some actions as attacks on Hindus that appear to be part of a design. A survey had already established that all policemen, havaldars, home guards etc. were at heart ready to give support to them (Hindu communalist organisations)."
>Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Communal Disturbances at Jamshedpur, April 1979''
"In Tellicherry the Hindus and Muslims were living as brothers for centuries. The ‘Mopla riots’ did not affect the cordial relationship that existed between the two communities in Tellicherry. It was only after the RSS and the Jana Sangh set up their units and began activities in Tellicherry that there came a change in the situation. Their anti-Muslim propaganda, its reaction on the Muslims who rallied round their communal organisation, the Muslim League which championed their cause, and the communal tension that followed prepared the background for their disturbances….That is what the rioters who attacked the house of Muhammad asked him to do. "If you want to save your life you should go round the house three times repeating the words, ‘Rama, Rama’. Muhammad did that. But you cannot expect the 70 million Muslims of India to do that as a condition for maintaining communal harmony in the country. This attitude of the of the RSS can only help to compel the Muslims to take shelter under their own communal organisation."
> Report of the Justice Joseph Vithyathil Commission on the Tellicherry riots, 1971''