I fully agree that “independent India’s first terrorist crime was the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse, a man driven by the ideology of Hindutva” (“Think before you talk,” Jan. 23). However vehemently, angrily and aggressively the RSS shouts down its opponents, the fact remains that the BJP is the inheritor of a legacy that claimed the Mahatma’s life. India has also seen its hand in the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the Gujarat carnage. Also, it is the BJP that gave a religious colour to terrorism by coining the phrase ‘Islamic terrorism.’
The contributions of the Hindu culture to the world are dharma, yoga, dhyana, ahimsa, vegetarianism and satyagraha. Indians have moderated world’s worst negative forces and brought equilibrium on and off. The RSS is known for its patriotism and love for India’s culture. It should not be seen as encouraging acts of terror, whatever the reason, forgetting our legacy.