RSS strongly condemned Tushar Gandhi’s remarks
NEW DELHI/BANGALORE, January 30: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sanngh (RSS) strongly condemned the uncharitable remarks made by Tushar Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson about the organization ‘celebrating the Mahatma’s assassination’.
While the entire nation today was busy paying tributes to the martyrs on Martyrs’ Day today, Tushar Gandhi tweeted claiming ‘RSS was celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination’.
Taking strong exception to these utterly false propaganda RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Dr Manmohan Vaidya said in a statement issued today “Tushar Gandhi’s remarks are unacceptable, We condemn them. These remarks are false propaganda tantamount to tarnish the image of the RSS. Vandaniya Mahatma Gandhi wrote “Satya ke Prayog” while his grandson Tushar is spreading lies by making such remarks. He is propagating “Asatya ke Prayog”. The RSS always respected Mahatma Gandhi, his life and thoughts and concepts. Tushar’s remarks about RSS are nothing but spreading falsehood”.
Dr Vaidya quoted a telegram sent to Pt. Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Mahatma’s son Devdas Gandhi by the second RSS Sarsanghchalak the late M S Golwalkar alias Sri Guruji on January 30, 1948. The telegram said:
“30 January 1948
Shocked at the news of cruel fatal attack and tragic loss of greatest personality. Country's loss unbounded in these critical times. God help shoulder responsibilities grown heavier and fulfill the void caused by the loss of incomparable unifier.
-M. S. Golwalkar”
Earlier this morning, Tushar Gandhi tweeted as “Nationwide the RSS was celebrating Bapu’s murder by distributing ‘Mithai’ even before AIR made announcement.”
VSK Analysis: This not the first time that the allegation ‘RSS was behind Mahatma Gandhiji’s assassination’ was leveled against the organization. All such claims proved false and baseless. Even from the time of Pt. Nehru, RSS was victim for such slander and false propaganda. Following Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination in 1948, RSS was banned by the then Nehru government. Many prominent leaders of the RSS were arrested as the RSS was banned on 4 February 1948.
A Commission of Inquiry into the conspiracy to murder of Mahatma Gandhi was set up and its report was published by Ministry of Home Affairs in the year 1970. Accordingly Justice Kapur Commission noted the following:
…RSS as such were not responsible for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, meaning thereby that one could not name the organization as such as being responsible for that most diabolical crime, the murder of the apostle of peace. It has not been proved that they (the accused) were members of the RSS… —Kapur Commission Report.
RSS Leaders were acquitted of the conspiracy charge by the Supreme Court of India and following an intervention by the Court, the then Government of India agreed to lift the ban with condition that the RSS adopted a formal constitution. The second Sarsanghachalak, M S Golwalkar drafted the constitution for the RSS which he sent to the government in March 1949. In July of the same year, after many negotiations over the constitution and its acceptance, the ban on RSS was lifted.
In 1934, during Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to RSS Camp accompanied by Mahadev Desai and Mirabehn at Wardha, he was surprised by the discipline and the absence of untouchability in RSS and commented: “When I visited the RSS Camp, I was very much surprised by your discipline and absence of untouchability.” He personally inquired from the Swayamsevaks about their castes and found that they were living and eating together in the camp without bothering to know their castes”.
On 15 January 2000, a daily, The Statesman, carried a story about the RSS by A G Noorani, which depicted the RSS as the killer of Gandhi. Subsequently the Delhi unit of the RSS filed a criminal case of defamation against author of the article A G Noorani along with the cartoonist and the Managing Director of the publishing house. When two of the accused did not respond to the Court summons, non-bailable warrants were issued in their name by the Court. On 25th February 2002, Noorani wrote an unconditional apology to the court in which he regretted writing the defamatory article against the RSS. On 3rd March 2002, ‘The Statesman’ also published an apology regretting the publication of the said article.
The Statesman said: “We had described the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh as “the organisation that killed Gandhi”. This was incorrect, and unsupported by both facts and the record. We express regrets for the publication and apologize unconditionally for the anguish and mental torture caused to members of the organization”.
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