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RSS and the PM

Beading Sumanta Banerjee’s evaluation of Vajpayee’s rule (‘The Mask Slips Again’, December 16-22), I was reminded of famous Danish scientist Neils Bohr’s saying, “we are all actors and spectators of this great drama of existence: Man is his own mystery”. Neils Bohr was rewriting Shakespeare. Vajpayee being a poet and philosopher, looks wonderful in his new role of a diplomat-statesman and an undisputed leader of the masses. But Sumanta Banerjee’s Sangh parivar-bashing will have very few takers even from his own ilk. The Sangh parivar’s penetration in every walk of life should motivate researchers like him to fathom the genesis of the inspiration received by lakhs of right thinking citizens. There are turning points in world history when obsolete philosophies are replaced by long-term sustainable thinking. Unfortunately for Sumanta Banerjee ‘Hindu chintan’ is gaining ground because it is in keeping with natural law. Vajpayee’s effort to establish value-based politics and consensus governance is being welcomed by his former critics at home and abroad.

About the RSS’s view on Ram janmabhoomi, The Times of India, (January 2, 2001) carried a detailed interview by Rajesh Ramchandran of RSS chief K S Sudarshan captioned ‘Song of Sudarshan’. The song reverberates in the media’s ears with good result. Sumanta Banerjee’s understanding of the RSS is superficial. If as he says RSS’s objective is to establish majoritarian Hindu hegemony it could not have taken 50 years for Vajpayee to become prime minister. After three bans on its activities the RSS is growing at home and abroad. How can one explain its increasing appeal except by accepting its in-built sustaining power? The RSS is engaged in at least 25,000 service centres besides its regular ‘shakhas’ through a dedicated cadre. The RSS is not dependent on the mercy of a political power much less on a particular prime minister to grow although there is a symbiotic relationship between ‘swayamsevaks’ and the organisation. Notwithstanding, the country needs a stable government. Sonia was given a chance to become prime minister but she could not garner enough support. Jyoti Basu’s party now repents his refusal to become one when opportunity came forward. The fact of the matter is that BJP’s opposition is woefully divided due to infighting. No amount of cliches and selected epithets used by Sumanta Banerjee to discribe RSS in a bad light will reflect ground realities. Sumanta was a minister in King Dashrath’s kingdom before Ram was sent to exile. The 21st century’s Banerjee is exhibiting one-upmanship in his new ‘avatar’ by denying Hindus a grand temple at Rama’s birthplace.

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