Subhash Gatade, Pharos Media, New Delhi, 2011, p.400, Rs.360
Nathuram Godse who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi was a member of an organisation called Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS). The RSS was always keen on establishing a Hindu Rashtra (nation) in India. It was not to be any Hindu nation, but a Hindu nation established on the basis of a constitution written by Manu about 2000 years ago. The RSS organ, Organiser, wrote in its editorial of the 30 Nov 1949 issue (a few days after the ratification of the Indian Constitution): “… in our Constitution there is no mention of the unique constitutional development in ancient Bharat. Manu’s Laws were written long before Lycurgus of Sparta or Solon of Persia. To this day his laws as enunciated in the Manusmriti excite the admiration of the world and elicit spontaneous obedience and conformity.” [quoted in Godse’s Children, p.19]
What the RSS wanted and still wants is a Hindu nation that upholds the ancient caste system, subordination of women, and elimination of ‘alien’ religions.
Subhash Gatade traces the history of the whole Sangh Parivar in his book, Godse’s Children.
RSS was quick to disown Nathuram Godse after Gandhi’s assassination. RSS and the whole Sangh Parivar are quick to disown any member who is caught in the act. The Sangh Parivar survives on hypocrisy and clandestine attacks. Gatade’s book successfully brings out this theme.
Hindu terrorism is a clandestine affair. It is quite different from Muslim terrorism or Maoist terrorism or any other terrorism in this regard. Hindu terrorism is hypocritical. It will never accept its attacks as other terrorist outfits do. It will disown its fighters if they are caught. It will even kill its fighters if they are caught. For example, Nagaraj Jambagi who triggered a bomb blast outside Hubli court(Karnataka) with the intention of implicating a Muslim youth was arrested. But he was killed in the jail when he threatened to expose his leaders. Jambagi was the PA of the Sri Ram Sene chief, Pradmod Muthalik. Muthalik was a former RSS member. RSS later denied links with Muthalik, when Tehelka exposed him as a venal fraud who was ready to “rent a riot” for a price.
Muthalik denies links with Jambagi. RSS denies links with Muthalik. Such denials are part and parcel of the Sangh Parivar operation. The whole Hindutva ideology is based on sheer hypocrisy. The Parivar believes in attacking, killing, and doing any nefarious activity as long as it is all done clandestinely. On the face of it, it should look somebody else’s act. The ulterior motive is simple: establish a Hindu nation by hook or by crook.
Most of the time, the Muslims in India become the victims. Gatade’s book shows how many of the attacks carried out by the Sangh Parivar were meant to be taken as attacks perpetrated by Muslim terrorists. Says Gatade, ‘… the Hindutva terrorist group was responsible for a series of bombings that were so far blamed on “Islamists,” like the Samjhauta Express (February 2007), the Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad (May 2007) and the attack on the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer (October 2007).’
Godse’s Children is an excellent compendium of a lot of historical facts from the contemporary India. L K Advani, Narendra Modi, Mohan Bhagwat, and other prominent figures of the Sangh Parivar turn out to be filthy villains in the book. Hence the book may not sell much in India, though it does deserve to be read by every Indian. In spite of the poor editing and poorer typography of the book.
Read A G Noorani’s review of the same book here.