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Painting nationalism

BJP ,Modi are talking about nationalism.They feel so proud of Nationalism. BJP supporters are always shouting about nationality and national interest. They blame APP and others some  party are doing anti-national work. Well and good. and I like nationalism very much. But i feel disappointed when I see the activities done by BJP. Here are few examples and you can easily feel what type of nationality they like to follow.

1. BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who never misses an opportunity to attack Pakistan is now on a regular advertisement declaring, interestingly in Hindi, in a country that knows Urdu “Bharat ke Ujwal Bhavishye ke Liye Yogdaan De”. (Donate for the bright future of India). And under this are two lines in Englist stating Donate Now, Modi for PM Fund, donate.bjp.org.

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2.BJP talks of national security but Kargil war happened in their tenure due to the dereliction of the government.

3..Narendra Modi,.BJP is talking about Hindu Nationality. The  supporters of Modi feel very pleased to know it.But we feel and love our India. India is one and our nationality is only Indian. We ought to be all Indian nationalists.People who are talking about Hindu,Muslim ,Christian, Sikh Nationality were really anti-nationalism . Our constitution believe in secular democracy and we all should follow and respect our constitution. Plurality is our culture not divisive  policy.Hindu ,Islam, Christian are our religion but we all Indian.

4. BJP promised to delete article 370 from Indian constitution but they had not done the job when they were in union government.

5. BJP talks of patriotism but they are responsible for escorting and sending the two dreaded terrorists to Pakistan by not other person than BJP foreign minister Vaswant singh

6. BJP talks of national security but Kargil war and Coffin scam happened in their tenure due to the dereliction of the government.

7. UPA led BJP government  took Sanjhota Express to Pakistan and they  called Parvej Musharraf to Agra (India). BJP senior leader LK Advani has praised Jinna.

8.BJP are shouting against terrorism and it is very good. But the UPA  government’s achievements to the people and urged Pakistan  to do more to tackle terror.

9. BJP is talking about Kashmir issue but  they did nothing when they were in union government.

10.BJP always raised issue of black money but when they were in union government they never tried to bring black money stashed in foreign banks.

11. BJP never dare to try remove corruption ,criminal ,mafia and communal riots free India 

It seems that all are painting and just appeasement vote bank publicity nationalism. We can see same history in Congress. There are no different between BJP and Congress but they are working together hand in hand like twin brother.

 


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What are the importance of religion ?

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What are the importance of religion?
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1. Go to doctor if you feel sick.
2. Do work hard if you want earn money and success in life.
3. Go to police if you need help.
4. Go to lawyer if you need legal help.
5. Go to market if you want buy .
6.Take rest if you feel tired.
7. Go to school,college and university for education
8. Watch TV,movies ,serial for entertainment.
9. Join NGO if you like social work.
10. Join politics if you want to become a leader,minister and president
11. Go to bank if you need a loan
12. Use FB ,mobile,internet , email etc for share and communication.
13. Go to psychiatrist if you suffering from mental illness.
14.Go to your girl friends if you would like romantic love.
15.Read the books for knowledge.
16.Go to office for work.
17. Eat food if you feel hungry.
18. drink water if you feel thirsty .
19. Do exercises for fitness. 
20. Play the games for fitness, hobby or earn money.
21. Listen the music if you want enjoy.
22.Go to tour if you you feel boring. 
23. love friends,family,relatives for share and enjoy the sweet social life. 
etc 
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Think simple, be simple, do simple, do the right things, do not complicate your life , think positively , live peacefully, think reality,enjoy the best, best of luck. Thanks.
Do you find any importance of religion? What do you think?

 

 

 

 


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Nothing Indian about the RSS

Nothing Indian about the RSS
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Photo: Nothing Indian about the RSS
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By Sujata Anandan

Before Caravan put the tape recordings of its conversations with Swami Aseemanand into public domain, I had some doubts about his claims that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had authorised the bombings of Muslim targets in such cold-blooded fashion as described in the story, a journalistic coup of this century.

Not that I doubted the veracity of the story per se but I had not thought that any one, least of all people in the RSS who have pretensions to intellectualism and describe themselves as custodians of Hindu culture, could be so utterly stupid or even so ignorant of a civilisation that eschews violence and values every life, including that of birds and animals, as one’s own.

If they really knew their Hinduism, the RSS should have realised long ago why Adi Shankaracharya had to rise from Kerala and travel through the subcontinent to set up several ‘mutts’ across the country to unite Hindus again into a single fold. The Shankaracharya happened because Hindus in that century were in danger of exiting the fold and embracing Buddhism or Jainism which were essentially non-violent responses to the very violent Hindu society prevailing at that time.

But, now, if I had even an iota of doubt about the RSS’ intellectual capacities, it has vanished after reading the cold-blooded and chilling account of Swami Aseemanand and I do not quite know how to critique an organisation in whose shadow I have grown up. (During my school and college days in Nagpur. I regularly saw my teachers, who were its members, riding their Vespa scooters, in what even then I thought were rather odd khakhi shorts, to the nearby maidan for their daily morning routines).

RSS16Just before the 1999 elections, the RSS undertook an exercise to regain its diminishing relevance. It wanted to indoctrinate more and more people and went visiting various homes across the country with its message — and a garish poster out of either the Ramayana or the Mahabharata. It stuck these posters on people’s beautifully polished doors against the will of the house owners.

Even then the only ones who welcomed them, politely, were either Muslims or non-believers in the RSS ideology. I inveigled myself into one of these groups in Pune and noticed that it tried to draw as many children as possible into its early morning shakhas (which were little short of indoctrination camps) under the guise of ‘vyayam’ (exercises) with parents crying off with the excuse of having to send them to school or tuitions.

But I was more taken aback by the responses of people who should have been believers — families of RSS pracharaks — who did invite them in but then they tore the campaigners apart for their outdated ways. I still remember the granddaughter of a pracharak’s sister telling one of the RSS workers, “You want me to use soap made of gomutra (cow’s urine)? You do not care that it might take my skin off and contribute to all sorts of dermatological problems?

Go to the adivasi areas where you might have more success but don’t tell me how to live my private life!’’ And she walked out of the house leaving everybody gaping open-mouthed. In a fast globalising India, the RSS wanted to sell her their desi carbolic to replace the skin-softening creamy soaps she used — even in something as material as this they were hopelessly behind times.

There were others less rude who still pointed out that in the 75 years or more of its existence the RSS had not evolved from its positions of the pre-Independence era — including continuing with a ridiculous uniform, unlike other garment anywhere in the world, inspired by the angrez’s need to let in some air in the hot and dusty India, a salute by Hitler’s Brown Shirts and a philosophy by Benito Mussolini.

There is nothing Indian about any of those RSS basics. No wonder then that they said, “We want something more from the RSS. Something that is more Indian without being completely outdated.’’

But the only ‘modern’ thing the RSS seems to have learnt since then is how to make bombs (and with no great finesse either) — this time inspired by the Islamic jihadis. And that, too, is as un-Indian as it can get.

(Courtesy: Hindustan Times)
By Sujata Anandan

Before Caravan put the tape recordings of its conversations with Swami Aseemanand into public domain, I had some doubts about his claims that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had authorised the bombings of Muslim targets in such cold-blooded fashion as described in the story, a journalistic coup of this century.

Not that I doubted the veracity of the story per se but I had not thought that any one, least of all people in the RSS who have pretensions to intellectualism and describe themselves as custodians of Hindu culture, could be so utterly stupid or even so ignorant of a civilisation that eschews violence and values every life, including that of birds and animals, as one’s own.

If they really knew their Hinduism, the RSS should have realised long ago why Adi Shankaracharya had to rise from Kerala and travel through the subcontinent to set up several ‘mutts’ across the country to unite Hindus again into a single fold. The Shankaracharya happened because Hindus in that century were in danger of exiting the fold and embracing Buddhism or Jainism which were essentially non-violent responses to the very violent Hindu society prevailing at that time.

But, now, if I had even an iota of doubt about the RSS’ intellectual capacities, it has vanished after reading the cold-blooded and chilling account of Swami Aseemanand and I do not quite know how to critique an organisation in whose shadow I have grown up. (During my school and college days in Nagpur. I regularly saw my teachers, who were its members, riding their Vespa scooters, in what even then I thought were rather odd khakhi shorts, to the nearby maidan for their daily morning routines).

RSS16Just before the 1999 elections, the RSS undertook an exercise to regain its diminishing relevance. It wanted to indoctrinate more and more people and went visiting various homes across the country with its message — and a garish poster out of either the Ramayana or the Mahabharata. It stuck these posters on people’s beautifully polished doors against the will of the house owners.

Even then the only ones who welcomed them, politely, were either Muslims or non-believers in the RSS ideology. I inveigled myself into one of these groups in Pune and noticed that it tried to draw as many children as possible into its early morning shakhas (which were little short of indoctrination camps) under the guise of ‘vyayam’ (exercises) with parents crying off with the excuse of having to send them to school or tuitions.

But I was more taken aback by the responses of people who should have been believers — families of RSS pracharaks — who did invite them in but then they tore the campaigners apart for their outdated ways. I still remember the granddaughter of a pracharak’s sister telling one of the RSS workers, “You want me to use soap made of gomutra (cow’s urine)? You do not care that it might take my skin off and contribute to all sorts of dermatological problems?

Go to the adivasi areas where you might have more success but don’t tell me how to live my private life!’’ And she walked out of the house leaving everybody gaping open-mouthed. In a fast globalising India, the RSS wanted to sell her their desi carbolic to replace the skin-softening creamy soaps she used — even in something as material as this they were hopelessly behind times.

There were others less rude who still pointed out that in the 75 years or more of its existence the RSS had not evolved from its positions of the pre-Independence era — including continuing with a ridiculous uniform, unlike other garment anywhere in the world, inspired by the angrez’s need to let in some air in the hot and dusty India, a salute by Hitler’s Brown Shirts and a philosophy by Benito Mussolini.

There is nothing Indian about any of those RSS basics. No wonder then that they said, “We want something more from the RSS. Something that is more Indian without being completely outdated.’’

But the only ‘modern’ thing the RSS seems to have learnt since then is how to make bombs (and with no great finesse either) — this time inspired by the Islamic jihadis. And that, too, is as un-Indian as it can get.

(Courtesy: Hindustan Times)

 

By Sujata Anandan

Before Caravan put the tape recordings of its conversations with Swami Aseemanand into public domain, I had some doubts about his claims that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had authorised the bombings of Muslim targets in such cold-blooded fashion as described in the story, a journalistic coup of this century.

Not that I doubted the veracity of the story per se but I had not thought that any one, least of all people in the RSS who have pretensions to intellectualism and describe themselves as custodians of Hindu culture, could be so utterly stupid or even so ignorant of a civilisation that eschews violence and values every life, including that of birds and animals, as one’s own.

If they really knew their Hinduism, the RSS should have realised long ago why Adi Shankaracharya had to rise from Kerala and travel through the subcontinent to set up several ‘mutts’ across the country to unite Hindus again into a single fold. The Shankaracharya happened because Hindus in that century were in danger of exiting the fold and embracing Buddhism or Jainism which were essentially non-violent responses to the very violent Hindu society prevailing at that time.

But, now, if I had even an iota of doubt about the RSS’ intellectual capacities, it has vanished after reading the cold-blooded and chilling account of Swami Aseemanand and I do not quite know how to critique an organisation in whose shadow I have grown up. (During my school and college days in Nagpur. I regularly saw my teachers, who were its members, riding their Vespa scooters, in what even then I thought were rather odd khakhi shorts, to the nearby maidan for their daily morning routines).

RSS16Just before the 1999 elections, the RSS undertook an exercise to regain its diminishing relevance. It wanted to indoctrinate more and more people and went visiting various homes across the country with its message — and a garish poster out of either the Ramayana or the Mahabharata. It stuck these posters on people’s beautifully polished doors against the will of the house owners.

Even then the only ones who welcomed them, politely, were either Muslims or non-believers in the RSS ideology. I inveigled myself into one of these groups in Pune and noticed that it tried to draw as many children as possible into its early morning shakhas (which were little short of indoctrination camps) under the guise of ‘vyayam’ (exercises) with parents crying off with the excuse of having to send them to school or tuitions.

But I was more taken aback by the responses of people who should have been believers — families of RSS pracharaks — who did invite them in but then they tore the campaigners apart for their outdated ways. I still remember the granddaughter of a pracharak’s sister telling one of the RSS workers, “You want me to use soap made of gomutra (cow’s urine)? You do not care that it might take my skin off and contribute to all sorts of dermatological problems?

Go to the adivasi areas where you might have more success but don’t tell me how to live my private life!’’ And she walked out of the house leaving everybody gaping open-mouthed. In a fast globalising India, the RSS wanted to sell her their desi carbolic to replace the skin-softening creamy soaps she used — even in something as material as this they were hopelessly behind times.

There were others less rude who still pointed out that in the 75 years or more of its existence the RSS had not evolved from its positions of the pre-Independence era — including continuing with a ridiculous uniform, unlike other garment anywhere in the world, inspired by the angrez’s need to let in some air in the hot and dusty India, a salute by Hitler’s Brown Shirts and a philosophy by Benito Mussolini.

There is nothing Indian about any of those RSS basics. No wonder then that they said, “We want something more from the RSS. Something that is more Indian without being completely outdated.’’

But the only ‘modern’ thing the RSS seems to have learnt since then is how to make bombs (and with no great finesse either) — this time inspired by the Islamic jihadis. And that, too, is as un-Indian as it can get.

(Courtesy: Hindustan Times)

 


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Valentine’s day terror

Is it not religious madness ?What do you think ?What is your opinion Modi ji ?
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Photo: Is it not religious madness ?What do you think ?What is your opinion Modi ji ?
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Ahmedabad: Bajrang Dal men throw tomatoes on couples celebrating Valentine's Day
The activists of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday threw rotten tomatoes at couples celebrating Valentine's Day on the banks of Sabarmati River. Couples were seen running to save themselves when a large group of Bajrang Dal workers suddenly thronged the place and started throwing tomatoes at them. Some of them tried to escape in their vehicles while others ran for cover.
The activists burnt Valentine's Day cards on the same venue.
Ahmedabad: Bajrang Dal men throw tomatoes on couples celebrating Valentine’s Day
The activists of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) onFriday threw rotten tomatoes at couples celebrating Valentine’s Day on the banks of Sabarmati River. Couples were seen running to save themselves when a large group of Bajrang Dal workers suddenly thronged the place and started throwing tomatoes at them. Some of them tried to escape in their vehicles while others ran for cover.
The activists burnt Valentine’s Day cards on the same venue.
 


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Attacks Against Minorities in India Increased Last Year

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Attacks Against Minorities in India Increased Last Year’
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By Lalit K Jha
Washngton: Attacks against India’s minority communities, particularly Muslims and Christians, have increased in the past one year, US lawmakers were told today.
During this period, the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) received reports that communal violence andattacks against religious minorities increased in India despite its status as a pluralistic, secular democracy, USCIRF Commissioner Elliott Abrams told lawmakers.
“NGOs and religious leaders, including from the Muslim, Christian and Sikh communities, attribute the increase to India’s upcoming 2014 general election and politicians’ use of religiously divisive language, and they fear that incidents will become even more frequent as the general election nears and immediately thereafter,” Abrams said during a Congressional hearing.
He said Christian NGOs and leaders had reported that Christians experience “more harassment and violence in states that have anti-conversion laws”. He added, “In addition, India’s record in investigating and prosecuting religiously motivated crimes remained mixed.”
Testifying before the Congressional committee, Tehmina Arora from Alliance Defending Freedom-India alleged that attacks have been reported across the country over the past five years, though primarily concentrated in states where the main opposition BJP has been in power and where groups associated with it are active.
“Violence is fuelled primarily by non-state actors who are guided by the Hindutva ideology, which sees India as a Hindu nation, where religious minorities are second-class citizens,” said Arora, who flew in from New Delhi for the hearing.
“India, in spite of its long tradition for religious tolerance, finds itself in the throes of religious fundamentalism and violence against religious minorities for the past few decades,” she said.
Reports by faith-based rights agencies showed that Christians had suffered about 150 violent attacks on an average in the past few years, Arora said.
These attacks include physical and sexual assaults, murder and desecration of places of worship and graveyards, she said.
(Courtesy: Outlook)
 


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The Caravan and a Pied Piper

Photo: The Caravan and a Pied Piper
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We live in interesting times. And they seem to be getting more interesting by the day as India hurtles towards a defining general election.

The ‘Caravan’ magazine cover story, sensational it as it is, should hardly come as a surprise to anyone. This is something that has been known to just about everyone in the know of things – the government of the day, intelligence agencies and even journalists.

The media is guilty of sitting on the story even when some publications like Tehelka had the courage to reveal the plot and key players a couple of years ago. What the ‘Caravan’ expose does is put the culpability for this breathtaking conspiracy where it belongs – right at the top of the Sangh juggernaut. But look at the amazing reaction it has generated from the media, which tells its own story about the taming of the once fiercely independent Indian media.

Imagine if, instead of Swami Aseemanand, a Muslim cleric had featured in the explosive ‘Caravan’ cover story and he had sung about a grand conspiracy to wreak havoc across the country by attacking sensitive targets. Imagine for a moment if instead of the RSS, ‘Caravan’ had blown the lid off the role of the Jamaat-e-Islami or the Tableeghi Jamaat in spectacular terror attacks across India.

I shudder at the very thought of the swift, overwhelming chain of reaction such an eventuality would have set off – from the government, police and security agencies, media warriors and, above all, from our friends from the Hindutva brigade.

Many of those picked up after the Samjhauta, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer shrine and Malegaon attacks got a foretaste of such infinite possibilities. No one knows how many lives and families were wrecked by the witch hunt, which did not stop even after the arrest of Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya and others.

The Caravan journalist Leena Gita Reghunath, who spent two years interviewing Aseemanand and working on the story of a lifetime, writes: “Aseemanad’s description of the plot in which he was involved became increasingly detailed. In our third and fourth interviews, he told me that his terrorist acts were sanctioned by the highest levels of the RSS – all the way up to Mohan Bhagwat, the current RSS chief, who was the organisation’s general secretary at the time. Aseemanand told me that Bhagwat said of the violence, ‘it’s very important that it be done. But you should not link it to the Sangh…’

“Aseemanand told me about a meeting that allegedly took place, in July 2005. In a tent pitched by a river several kilometres away from the temple, Bhagwat and Kumar met with Aseemanand and his accomplice Sunil Joshi. Joshi informed Bhagwat of a plan to bomb several Muslim targets around India.

“According to Aseemanand, both RSS leaders approved, and Bhagwat told him, ‘You can work on this with Sunil. We will not be involved but if you are doing this, you can consider us to be with you…’”

Does that leave any room for doubt? Yet the RSS, BJP and their cohorts remain as defiant as ever. ‘Nonsense…lies…fabrication…conspiracy!’ They shouted and outshouted everyone in television debates with the usually rancorous hosts treating them with utmost veneration as if they were quizzing them about some minor domestic discord.

Swami Aseemanand2The fact that the ‘Caravan’ interview was conducted over a period of two years inside the Ambala jail, where Naturam Godse was hanged for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi, and the magazine has produced recorded transcripts running into nine hours and 26 minutes to back its report seemed to make no difference.

In tactics now familiar and used repeatedly and successfully, they have reduced the whole debate about something that involves national security to the fine academic point about the ‘legality’ of such an interview taking place inside the prison. A clever former Mumbai police commissioner cited the jail manual that does not allow such interviews and meetings without the express permission of jail authorities!

The issues raised by Aseemanand’s damning disclosures have not made it to the ongoing national electoral debate either despite the fact that he also directly implicates the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in his shenanigans. He talks of Modi’s blessings in his anti-Christian violence in Gujarat’s Dangs region that coincided with the post-Godhra pogrom of 2002.

What is most disturbing about this whole business is not Aseemanand’s confession – predictably disowned since – or the fact that the RSS may get away with murder all over again. What should be a cause of concern to everyone who cares for India and its wellbeing and democratic, plural character is the fact that the mindset that created men like Aseemanand no longer represents a tiny, lunatic fringe. It has been mainstreamed and may soon take over the reins of the great republic.

The terror attacks that Aseemanand and his group unleashed and the number of lives that they claimed, serious as they were, are a mere footnote to the larger threat that these forces pose to the nation’s future and security.

I know that if in less than hundred days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes charge in Delhi it wouldn’t be the end of the world or the Idea of India as we know it. This nation, with its fiercely secular and liberal constitution, robust democratic institutions and tolerance of its people is too strong for that.

However, given the ideological baggage and the not-so-secret agenda of the Parivar and men who groomed the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate all these years for the top job, it takes no extraordinary imagination to see where the country is eventually headed.

As Dr Aslam Abdullah argues, India will remain a republic committed to secularism, pluralism and democracy but under the new dispensation, the definitions of these ideals themselves would change.

We have seen how Gujarat, billed as Hindutva’s ideological and political laboratory, has been transformed under the Dear Leader. A similar fate awaits the nation unless the rest of the political spectrum, which remains hopelessly divided and directionless, and the reasonable, sensible majority of the country wakes up to the perils that lie ahead.

After sleeping all this while, the Left and regional parties have suddenly woken up to alliance possibilities, two month before the critical election. Is it any wonder then they invite nothing but derision and accusations of political opportunism? As for the Congress, it appears to be in total meltdown.

That is not surprising given the grievous injuries it has inflicted on itself in the past couple of years. If the series of corruption scams, inept response to various crises and uninspiring leadership crippled and bled the governing party and the UPA, its failure to confront Modi all these years is directly and squarely responsible for the predicament staring us in the face. The Congress has just sat there in the face of gathering threat, immobile and frozen like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

But the royal thrashing that the grand old party is all set to receive, as is being foretold by most opinion surveys, is the least of my concerns. The Congress may merely lose power. What the nation has at stake is much more serious and profound. As in the legend of Hamelin, we all seem to be struck by a spell and are marching like children, eyes and ears wide shut, behind our own Pied Piper towards an unknown end.

The Caravan and a Pied Piper
******************************************
We live in interesting times. And they seem to be getting more interesting by the day as India hurtles towards a defining general election.

The ‘Caravan’ magazine cover story, sensational it as it is, should hardly come as a surprise to anyone. This is something that has been known to just about everyone in the know of things – the government of the day, intelligence agencies and even journalists.

The media is guilty of sitting on the story even when some publications like Tehelka had the courage to reveal the plot and key players a couple of years ago. What the ‘Caravan’ expose does is put the culpability for this breathtaking conspiracy where it belongs – right at the top of the Sangh juggernaut. But look at the amazing reaction it has generated from the media, which tells its own story about the taming of the once fiercely independent Indian media.

Imagine if, instead of Swami Aseemanand, a Muslim cleric had featured in the explosive ‘Caravan’ cover story and he had sung about a grand conspiracy to wreak havoc across the country by attacking sensitive targets. Imagine for a moment if instead of the RSS, ‘Caravan’ had blown the lid off the role of the Jamaat-e-Islami or the Tableeghi Jamaat in spectacular terror attacks across India.

I shudder at the very thought of the swift, overwhelming chain of reaction such an eventuality would have set off – from the government, police and security agencies, media warriors and, above all, from our friends from the Hindutva brigade.

Many of those picked up after the Samjhauta, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer shrine and Malegaon attacks got a foretaste of such infinite possibilities. No one knows how many lives and families were wrecked by the witch hunt, which did not stop even after the arrest of Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya and others.

The Caravan journalist Leena Gita Reghunath, who spent two years interviewing Aseemanand and working on the story of a lifetime, writes: “Aseemanad’s description of the plot in which he was involved became increasingly detailed. In our third and fourth interviews, he told me that his terrorist acts were sanctioned by the highest levels of the RSS – all the way up to Mohan Bhagwat, the current RSS chief, who was the organisation’s general secretary at the time. Aseemanand told me that Bhagwat said of the violence, ‘it’s very important that it be done. But you should not link it to the Sangh…’

“Aseemanand told me about a meeting that allegedly took place, in July 2005. In a tent pitched by a river several kilometres away from the temple, Bhagwat and Kumar met with Aseemanand and his accomplice Sunil Joshi. Joshi informed Bhagwat of a plan to bomb several Muslim targets around India.

“According to Aseemanand, both RSS leaders approved, and Bhagwat told him, ‘You can work on this with Sunil. We will not be involved but if you are doing this, you can consider us to be with you…’”

Does that leave any room for doubt? Yet the RSS, BJP and their cohorts remain as defiant as ever. ‘Nonsense…lies…fabrication…conspiracy!’ They shouted and outshouted everyone in television debates with the usually rancorous hosts treating them with utmost veneration as if they were quizzing them about some minor domestic discord.

Swami Aseemanand2The fact that the ‘Caravan’ interview was conducted over a period of two years inside the Ambala jail, where Naturam Godse was hanged for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi, and the magazine has produced recorded transcripts running into nine hours and 26 minutes to back its report seemed to make no difference.

In tactics now familiar and used repeatedly and successfully, they have reduced the whole debate about something that involves national security to the fine academic point about the ‘legality’ of such an interview taking place inside the prison. A clever former Mumbai police commissioner cited the jail manual that does not allow such interviews and meetings without the express permission of jail authorities!

The issues raised by Aseemanand’s damning disclosures have not made it to the ongoing national electoral debate either despite the fact that he also directly implicates the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in his shenanigans. He talks of Modi’s blessings in his anti-Christian violence in Gujarat’s Dangs region that coincided with the post-Godhra pogrom of 2002.

What is most disturbing about this whole business is not Aseemanand’s confession – predictably disowned since – or the fact that the RSS may get away with murder all over again. What should be a cause of concern to everyone who cares for India and its wellbeing and democratic, plural character is the fact that the mindset that created men like Aseemanand no longer represents a tiny, lunatic fringe. It has been mainstreamed and may soon take over the reins of the great republic.

The terror attacks that Aseemanand and his group unleashed and the number of lives that they claimed, serious as they were, are a mere footnote to the larger threat that these forces pose to the nation’s future and security.

I know that if in less than hundred days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes charge in Delhi it wouldn’t be the end of the world or the Idea of India as we know it. This nation, with its fiercely secular and liberal constitution, robust democratic institutions and tolerance of its people is too strong for that.

However, given the ideological baggage and the not-so-secret agenda of the Parivar and men who groomed the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate all these years for the top job, it takes no extraordinary imagination to see where the country is eventually headed.

As Dr Aslam Abdullah argues, India will remain a republic committed to secularism, pluralism and democracy but under the new dispensation, the definitions of these ideals themselves would change.

We have seen how Gujarat, billed as Hindutva’s ideological and political laboratory, has been transformed under the Dear Leader. A similar fate awaits the nation unless the rest of the political spectrum, which remains hopelessly divided and directionless, and the reasonable, sensible majority of the country wakes up to the perils that lie ahead.

After sleeping all this while, the Left and regional parties have suddenly woken up to alliance possibilities, two month before the critical election. Is it any wonder then they invite nothing but derision and accusations of political opportunism? As for the Congress, it appears to be in total meltdown.

That is not surprising given the grievous injuries it has inflicted on itself in the past couple of years. If the series of corruption scams, inept response to various crises and uninspiring leadership crippled and bled the governing party and the UPA, its failure to confront Modi all these years is directly and squarely responsible for the predicament staring us in the face. The Congress has just sat there in the face of gathering threat, immobile and frozen like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

But the royal thrashing that the grand old party is all set to receive, as is being foretold by most opinion surveys, is the least of my concerns. The Congress may merely lose power. What the nation has at stake is much more serious and profound. As in the legend of Hamelin, we all seem to be struck by a spell and are marching like children, eyes and ears wide shut, behind our own Pied Piper towards an unknown end.