‘Now dividing India on religion’
JAMMU: National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Sunday accused the RSS of colluding with British during India’s freedom struggle, supporting Indira Gandhi during emergency and now dividing the nation on communal lines.
“By promoting and playing communal politics, the RSS and its off-shoots including the BJP are hell bent to fragment India into bits and pieces”, Abdullah said while addressing NC Students Union at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here this morning.
He questioned the hyper-nationalistic posturing of the BJP, saying history stands testimony to the negative role the RSS played during India’s freedom movement when stalwarts were facing the wrath of British.
“The Sangh leaders played second fiddle to British and were against independence of India,” Abdullah said, adding that they wanted Britishers to stay put in the country and intrigued against the towering freedom fighters.
Abdullah referred to divisive politics of the BJP and decried the “attempts of sowing seeds of hatred and mistrust” among various communities for petty political gains. He said onus lies on youth of the country to sensitise the people against polarizing and communal politics of the BJP, RSS and its affiliated organizations. He said communal divide is against the idea of India and its ethos.
Abdullah also alleged that the RSS top brass had supported the 1975 emergency imposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He referred to the book of Rajesh Rao and said that even the RSS chief had wanted to meet Mrs Gandhi, which she declined for being seen close to the Sangh.
The history, he said, has unfortunately been distorted and the version the young minds are being fed is far from facts.
He also dwelt upon the circumstances leading to accession of Jammu and Kashmir with Indian domain, essentially on three subjects—defense, communication and foreign affairs—and referred to promises made by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in parliament and the UN. He said the people of the state are not asking anything beyond the promises made and National Conference is prepared to have positive discussions over autonomy.
“I had made it amply clear to Mr Arun Jaitley, when he was designated as representative of the NDA Government during Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee’s tenure to study the J&K Autonomy Report that either get convinced over the document or convince us as to what was wrong in the autonomy document that jeopradises the national interest”, Dr Farooq said in the backdrop of three subjects on which the accession was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh. He said the people of the state were not against the Maharaja but they had stood against the system across the country.