Mumbai: In a sharp attack against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, Prakash Ambedkar, chief of the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM), alleged that Bhagwat did not follow Indian Constitution, but instead followed the ideology of Golwalkar Guruji (M S Golwakar, the second sarsanghachalak of the RSS).
He raised questions over the RSS as an organisation and asked why the organisation had not been registered and did not pay income tax. Ambedkar further claimed the RSS supported the Aryan theory, and considered Hindus to be the most superior and preached genocide of people from other religions if they were not ready to leave the country.
Bhagwat recently delivered a three-day lecture series at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, during which he asserted the RSS is the ‘most democratic’ organisation and not dictatorial. He insisted that it neither imposed its ideology nor did it remote-control its various affiliates and rejected the claim that it controls the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Ambedkar, the grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, architect of the Indian Constitution, while addressing the media on Thursday said Bhagwat was trying to pretend he and his organisation have changed. “We condemn the new theory of Mohan Bhagwat. The RSS does not follow the Constitution of India. The RSS does not follow any law of the nation. The RSS only follows the ideology of Golwalkar Guruji,” he declared.
“RSS is intending to go back to the Hindu national theory, which is based on the Aryan race theory of Hitler which was against minorities (non-Hindus),” alleged Ambedkar. While condemning the RSS’s Hindu national theory, the Dalit leader cautioned people should beware of the RSS stand while casting their vote.
“Mohan Bhagwat’s latest speech reiterated Golwalkar Guruji’s theory, mentioned in his book, ‘We, Or Our Nationhood Defined’, published in 1939. This is the same theory they intend to adopt if the BJP comes into power after the 2019 Lok Sabha poll,” alleged Ambedkar.
He claimed the book is circulated in Sangh camps and at the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Centre during seminars. “The book has stated Hinduism is the national religion and other religions should be accepted as secondary. Hindus should decide how long people belonging to other religions can live in this country. If they will not leave the country, there should be genocide, these are the lessons in the said book,” claimed Ambedkar.
Further elaborating on the theory, he said, “All other religions should scrap their culture, language and religion and should accept Hinduism as the national religion. This is what Bhagwat was trying to convey.” He claimed these books were the gospel of the Sangh. (In Christianity, the gospel, or the Good News, is the news of the coming of the Kingdom of God).
According to Ambedkar, a pact was signed between Golwalkar Guruji and Sardar Patel on July 26, 1949, through which RSS had agreed to follow the Constitution, the tricolour and the national anthem. “However, leaders including Pranab Mukherjee, who had recently shared the RSS dais with Bhagwat, have to clarify whether the RSS had accepted these conditions with their heart?” Ambedkar asked. He claimed ahead of polls, the RSS fears people will not vote for the BJP on the Ram mandir agenda and hence, it was an attempt by Bhagwat to avoid backlash against Sangh workers.