Prejudice, not pride: What the sangh parivar stands for – By Ramachandra Guha
In his book, Mahatma Gandhi: The Last Phase, Gandhi’s last secretary, Pyarelal, writes that the partition of India in 1947 and the horrific violence that accompanied it “provided a fruitful soil for Hindu chauvinism. Its most serious manifestation was infiltration of the Hindu middle class and even the Government services by the R.S.S. [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh]….
Pyarelal then outlined for his readers what this organization of Hindu chauvinists stood for, and what its aims were. Thus he wrote: “The R.S.S. was a communalist, para-military, Fascist organisation… Their declared object was to set up Hindu Raj. They had adopted the slogan, ‘Muslims clear out of India.’…
The RSS and the BJP seek to achieve dominance over the political process, over the institutions of the State, over civil society…. This desire to control every aspect of life in the country, whether political, social, institutional or ideological, perfectly fits the textbook definition of ‘totalitarian’. Meanwhile, their continuing efforts to stigmatize and demonize Muslims clearly demonstrate their ‘communal’ mindset.