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‘Bharat Mata’ of RSS Is Not “Bharteey”

‘Bharat Mata’ of RSS Is Not Our Democratic-Secular India… Hindutva flag-bearers betrayed glorious freedom struggle

The Hindutva camp led by RSS despite its anti-national, anti-egalitarian and de-humanized world view and ideological commitments survives and thrives due to idiotic and devoid of common sense statements of characters like the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi. RSS knows it very well that Hindutva flag-bearers betrayed glorious freedom struggle against the British rule and its credentials about loyalty to a democratic-secular Indian polity are highly questionable. They keep on trying to raise issues like singing of Vande Mataram song which RSS or Hindu Maha Sabha led by Hindutva icon, Savarkar never sang against the British rule. Recently Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief has come out with another issue to remain a contender for nationalist tag.

Asaduddin Owaisi, true to his and AIMIM’s historic role in keeping Hindutva organization like RSS/Shiv Sena in news and help them in their polarizing game instead of challenging their credentials about loyalty to our democratic-secular polity in a speech at Latur, Maharashtra, reacted by declaring, “he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat”, prompting Shiv Sena and other Hindutva organizations to tell him on Monday that he should go to Pakistan.

Though he raised a pertinent question that “nowhere in the Constitution it says that one should say: Bharat Mata ki Jai” but instead of challenging the Hindutva credentials of commitment to a democratic-secular Indian polity, he had fallen into the Hindutva trap.

It is true that RSS inimical to present India has been adding more and more conditions for Indian nationality. It was not long ago that beef eating was made a condition for denying Indian nationality.

Owaisi’s genuine reaction should have been to demand proof from RSS about its loyalty towards a democratic-secular India but he chose to be as illogical as Bhagwat and, in fact, facilitated RSS in turning a debate between Hindutva and secular India into a Hindu vs. Muslim issue.

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