38. Ajit Singh
This is with reference to the pamphlet “Time For Stock Taking: A Swayamsevak Speaks” published by Voice of India. Myself and many others who read it are appalled to learn that R.S.S. leaders have floated a “Sarva Panth Samãdar Manch” which includes, in the definition of panth, religions other than the Sanatan Dharma sects, such as Islam and Christianity, whose fundamentalist and regimented beliefs are diametrically opposed to the spiritual democracy of Hindu Dharma. It is all the more shocking for a person like me who has been a devoted Swayamsevak since 1943 and has boldly faced the adverse situations even at the risk of my job etc. during the Emergency. Departure from the basic principles of the Sangh has come as a bolt from the blue.
I joined the R.S.S. in 1943 after thoroughly studying the book “We or Our Nationhood Defined” by Swargiya Guruji Shri M.S. Golwalkar, wherein he has defined Dharma to be an essential constituent of a nation. It has been ingrained in our psychology through the R.S.S. teaching that “Hindustan (undivided) belongs to Hindus even if a single Hindu is there”.
The distinction between “liberal Muslims” and “fundamentalist Muslims” is imaginary. One has to believe in the Quran and the Hadis without any question or reasoning, otherwise one is a kafir to be condemned to death and consigned to hellfire in perpetuity. As per tenets of Islam, there can be no friendship and coexistence with kafirs (except for strategic reasons). This is what the teachings of the Quran and the Hadis and the life of the prophet Mohammed contain. The prayer call (azan) given from all mosques on loud speakers five times a day is, in fact, a repeated announcement of war to be unleashed on other religions. In his prayer (namaz) five times a day, every Muslim vows not to have relations with the non-Muslims and prays for perpetration of atrocities on them.
The Hindu Samaj has been looking forward to the R.S.S. for inspiration and guidance to steer the Samaj out of its difficulties and to prepare it for facing and defeating the adverse and hostile forces. For secularism and the spirit of co-existence to be meaningful, genuine and a matter of principle rather than a matter of expedient policy and tactics, it is essential to have interaction and free debate with these religions. To achieve this purpose, it is imperative to have a thorough knowledge of the teaching of the Quran and the Hadis, the life of prophet Mohammed, Islamic history since the inception of Islam throughout the globe, and the behavioural psychology of Muslims vis-à-vis non Muslims. Some of the contrasting features of Sanatan Dharma on the one hand and Islam on the other hand are as under:
service to the Hindu Samaj is to prepare it to defeat Islam which is bent
upon annihilating Sanatan Dharma. First step will be to identify the danger,
the enemy, his ideology, inspiration, strategy, history, and his behaviour
pattern. For this a vast literature is required. Hindu writers and intellectuals
should be honoured, supported and protected. It is heartening that Voice
of India is championing this cause. If this literature reaches every
Hindu, it will automatically infuse a spirit of sacrifice and unity in
the Samaj. The knowledge of a common danger is a great uniting force. Hindu
Samaj should blunt the aggressiveness of the bully through ideological
war so that he can be made to recoil, and becomes defensive and apologetic.
In my considered opinion, Hindu organisations should take up this cause.
writer is a retired Superintending Engineer from the Irrigation Department,
Rajasthan, and a Swayamsevak of the RSS since 1943. He lives in NOIDA near