Much water has flowed under the bridge since 1949 (“The forgotten promise of 1949,” Oct. 8). The situation in 1948, following Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, warranted the banning of the RSS. But today, the situation is different. What is wrong in a Hindu outfit espousing the cause of Hindus? So many Muslim outfits function openly, supporting the so-called secular parties.
Most, if not all, people involved in the reprehensible act of 1948 are dead. We cannot continue to be prisoners of 1948. Over a period of 60 years, things have changed. The present day Congress is not the original Indian National Congress. Had Sardar Patel been alive today, even he would have welcomed the RSS’ decision of nominating Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in the present circumstances.
The Congress of 1949 is different from the Congress of 2013. What was contemplated when secularism was incorporated in our Constitution has been abused and reduced to what we now call “vote bank” politics. As one broadly committed to Gandhi-Nehru ideals, I feel that in the changed circumstances, the RSS’ 1949 promise is forgettable.
Due to its involvement in politics, the RSS is getting isolated from not only the minorities but also educated Hindus. Its obsession with Hindutva and influential politics serves no purpose, particularly in a secular country where the BJP will sooner or later be forced to sever its connections with the Sangh. It is unfortunate that an organisation that was started with good ideals has turned into a parochial body.
Lakshmi Swathi Gandham,
Thanks to the Congress and its corruption ridden politics, the BJP has a good chance of winning the 2014 elections. This puts unlimited powers in the hands of the RSS leaders. I don’t know whom to vote for, a communal NDA or a corrupt UPA. I hope a third front will rise in the horizon.