A few madrassa students have been beaten up in New Delhi for not saying, under threat of violence, ‘Bharat mata ki jai’. This slogan, and the notion of this being the new benchmark of the Hindutva goons in India, is another manifestation of the Sanghi idea of perpetually seeking new issues to browbeat Muslims, as part of the larger RSS plan of turning Muslims into second class citizens. This was bound to happen, with the BJP and a person like Modi in charge. Ideologues of the BJP, as it was gaining ascendancy after the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992, would claim the party merely drew inspiration from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and was not its political tool. But what is clear now and what needs to be stressed, and realised, is that RSS has taken over India. It is ruling India, directly. This Hindutva organisation has always thought long-term, and in gaining power in Delhi it has fulfilled one of its aims.
The ‘Sangh Parivar’ has always sought to achieve multiple objectives via various arms, while each arm ostensibly operates independently. So, for example, the RSS ‘guides’, the VHP maintains Hindutva demands like building a Ram temple, and the Bajrang Dal works as storm troopers on the streets, whenever needed.
The Nazi analogy (storm troopers) is not an invention. The RSS was founded for a specific purpose, a purpose that led its founding fathers to idolise Hitler and his extermination of the Jews: MS Golwalkar, in his books ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ and ‘We, or our Nationhood Defined’, says that what Hitler did was “a good lesson for us in Hindusthan (sic) to learn and profit by”. The RSS’ idea of Muslims and minorities, as defined by him, is that the “non-Hindu people of Hindustan must either adopt Hindu culture and languages…(and revere) the Hindu religion…Or may stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment — not even citizens’ rights”. The gradual marginalisation, ghettoisation and demonisation of Indian Muslims, thus, is no historical/political accident. Neither is the latest case of Muslims being beaten up, if not killed on suspicion of ‘eating beef’, a stray incident.