RSS/BJP rulers of India have finally woken up against violence! You are grossly mistaken if you believe that they are seeking forgiveness for large scale killing/raping/maiming/robbing people of the minorities specially Muslims and Christians in 1992-93 (nation-wide carnage of Muslims before and after demolition of a mosque at Ayodhya), 1998 (wide-spread violence against Christians in Gujarat), 2002 (carnage of Muslims in Gujarat) and Kandhmal, Orissa violence of 2007-08 (cleansing of Christians in the area). The RSS/BJP rulers have not expressed intention of discarding or checking the present spate of violence against minorities in the name of cow, love-jihad, ghar wapsi (forcible conversion of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism) and allegiance to Hindutva.
There has been no respite in violence against Dalits too. In fact, in last three years incident of violence against Dalits has galloped by around 300%. The Casteist, criminal and patriarchal elements are having free run in inflicting violence against women. The same is the fate of peasantry, working class, students and intellectuals. Never in the history of India's independence, were these classes subjected to such brutal denigration and repression in the name of Bharat Mata.
But it is Kerala only where violence is running amok perpetrated by the CPM government of the State against RSS/BJP cadres which has been labelled as 'red terror'. The rulers flying the banner of Hindutva have declared war against Kerala government by launching a strident Jan Raksha Yatra. It is not that only CPM government is under attack. The whole of the Kerala society, its ethos and culture is under attack. The national leadership of RSS/BJP has descended on Kerala to fight Left, to be specific, CPM. The UP chief minister Mahant Yogi Adityanath who has many criminal cases pending against him in UP courts is the leading commander of the Hindutva juggernaut. According to Adityanath the Left has turned the state into a factory of "jihadi terrorism" which should be matter of serious concern for India as a whole. To quote him: "In the guise of secularism, CPM has turned Kerala into hub of jihadi terror. It must be rejected for which we have come here to create public consciousness".
No proofs are offered in support of the serious allegations against Kerala and its people. Even the home ministry of India which is under the charge of Adityanath's Hindutva co-traveller, Rajnath Singh and other national intelligence agencies like NIA, CBI and IB under him have not prepared any such dossier. If this was so CPM government would have been dismissed long ago by Modi government. But denigration of Kerala publicly continues. In any other country the person/s making such wild allegations would have been hauled up by courts and deposited in safe custody of jails.
Despite this smoke-screen the Hindutva leadership is unable to hide its real design. Adityanath as newly surcharged Hindutva icon spilled the beans. He declared that in Kerala "the red will turn saffron soon". This would be done by converting Kerala into a "Sanatan Hindu Rashtra". The Left would be cleansed as Adi Shankaracharya did in the 8th century by cleansing opponents. According to Adityanath "When the country's religion and culture was threatened by foreign invaders, Shankaracharya launched the movement for the protection of the Hindu religion. Today, time has come to replicate the Shankaracharya movement and Hindu culture must be protected and preserved in Kerala".
By foreign invaders Adityanath must have meant Buddhism and Jainism (as that period there were no Muslim or Christian 'invader') and what Shankaracharya army did to these religions has been chronicled by the two prominent saints of Hinduism. According to Dayanand Sarswati, founder of Arya Samaj "For ten years he (Adi Shankaracharya) toured all over the country, refuted Jainism and advocated the Vedic religion. All the broken images that are now-a-days dug out of the earth were broken in the time of Shankar, whilst those that are found whole here and there under the ground had been buried by the Jainis for fear of their being broken (by those who had renounced Jainism)." [i]
Swami Vivekananda while describing cleansing of Buddhism from India wrote: "T he temple of Jaganath is an old Buddhistic temple. We took this and others over and re-Hinduised them. We shall have to do many things like that yet." [ii]
It is surprising that Hindutva bandwagon does not organize anti-beef yatra in Kerala where beef is a secular diet. It does not launch any movement for banning cow-slaughter in the State. It only shows its hypocrisy. The issue of Islamic jehad and Left having a foreign ideology are being used as RSS feels that after Gujarat it is Kerala which could be the laboratory of Hindutva as it has substantial presence of minorities.
It should not surprise anybody that RSS basically representing the hegemonic Brahamanism of the North India historically hated Keralite Hindus and treated them as belonging to inferior race. MS Golwalkar, the RSS Supremo was invited to address the students of the School of Social Science of Gujarat University on December 17, 1960. In this address, while underlying his firm belief in the Race Theory, he touched upon the issue of cross-breeding of human beings in the Indian Hindu society in history. He said:
"Today experiments in cross-breeding are made only on animals. But the courage to make such experiments on human beings is not shown even by the so-called modern scientist of today. If some human cross-breeding is seen today it is the result not of scientific experiments but of carnal lust. Now let us see the experiments our ancestors made in this sphere. In an effort to better the human species through cross-breeding the Namboodri Brahamanas of the North were settled in Kerala and a rule was laid down that the eldest son of a Namboodri family could marry only the daughter of Vaishya, Kshatriya or Shudra communities of Kerala. Another still more courageous rule was that the first off-spring of a married woman of any class must be fathered by a Namboodri Brahman and then she could beget children by her husband. Today this experiment will be called adultery but it was not so, as it was limited to the first child.” [iii]
The above statement of Golwalkar is highly worrying in many respects. Firstly, it proves that Golwalkar believed that India had a superior Race or breed and also an inferior Race which needed to be improved through cross-breeding. Secondly, a more worrying aspect was his belief that Brahmans of the North (India) and specially Namboodri Brahamans, belonged to a superior Race. Due to this quality, Namboodri Brahamanas were sent from the North to Kerala to improve the breed of inferior Hindus there. Interestingly, this was being argued by a person who claimed to uphold the unity of Hindus world over. Thirdly, Golwalkar as a male chauvinist believed that a Namboodri Brahman male belonging to a superior Race from the North only could improve the inferior human Race from South. For him wombs of Kerala’s Hindu women enjoyed no sanctity and were simply objects of improving breed through intercourse with Namboodri Brahamanas who in no way were related to them. Thus, Golwalkar was, in fact, confirming the allegation that in the past male dominated high caste society forced newly-wedded women of other castes to pass their first nights by sleeping with superior caste males.
It is surprising that despite holding such ideas which openly denigrated Hindu women and society of Kerala RSS has been able to create pockets of influence in Kerala. The organization which shamelessly denigrated Hindus of Kerala is presenting itself as saviour of Hindus of Kerala.
There is no doubt that some parts of Kerala are in the grip of horrible political violence and CPM is also indulging in violence. The data on killings clearly shows that in last four decades if around 20 Hindutva cadres have lost their lives, the number of the Left cadres killed is more than 50, almost all, of them belonging to poor families.
In fact, it was not long ago that Golwalkar, the most prominent ideologue of the RSS who has been described as 'Guru of Hate' in an essay titled 'Internal Threats' identified three sections of the Indians as 'Internal Threats' who needed to be neutralized. Muslims, Christians and Communists were declared to be 'Internal Threats' number ONE, TWO and THREE respectively. [iv] Muslims and Christians have been perennial targets of Hindutva storm troopers and it is the turn of the Communists now. The political violence in parts of Kerala is not an aberration but part of Hindutva strategy of hegemony over those parts of India where 'other' kind of Hindus reside. The Left, instead of falling into the Hindutva game-plan of tit for tat must concentrate on organizing all sections of Kerala population against the anti-national plan of the "Sanatan Hindu rashtra" where Casteism, racism, inequality and Manu Code will thrive.
(Published on 09th October 2017, Volume XXIX, Issue 41)
[i] Swami Dayanand Sarswati, Satyarth Prakash, p. 347.
[ii] Swami Vivekananda, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, vol 3, Advaita Ashram, Calcutta, p. 264.