The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was founded in Nagpur on October 20, 1925 by Dr KB Hedgewar. Dr Hedgewar, and later on its present Sar Sangh Chalak, Guru MS Golwalkar, always looked upon the princely state as the happy hunting ground for their work. The RSS began to cast its net in the States of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh some time in 1943-44.
There are three wings in the RSS. Among the students there is Vidyarthi Parishad. Through this organisation it prepares volunteers and workers for the Jana Sangh. In the political field, there is the Jana Sangh. Among workers the RSS organisation is the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh.
RSS foreign policy
In its foreign policy, the RSS is pro-American. The Organiser, the mouthpiece of the RSS, wrote in an editorial as early as 1950 that, “neutrality is neither the best nor even safest policy…We of Bharat with ancient liberal traditional would be more at home with democratic Anglo-American than with OGPU-ridden Russia.”
Non-Hindus in Hindustan
Some quotations from Guru Golwalkar about the RSS policy towards non-Hindus:
- “The non-Hindu people in Hindusthan must adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but those of the glorification of the Hindu race and culture…or may stay in the country wholly subordinate to the Hindu nation, claiming, deserving no privileges, far be any preferential treatment – not even citizen’s rights.”
- “We are witnessing a strange national phenomenon in our country today. The real and positive concept of Hindu Nationalism is being dubbed as communal, reactionary, narrow-minded, and so on and the unscientific, reactionary and harmful theory of territorial nationalism upheld by our present-day leader, is paraded as secular, progressive and broad-minded.”
Women’s rule disastrous
The policy of RSS towards women is conservative. The following appeared in Organiser on January 30, 1966: “I am Hindu enough to take it (rule of woman) for a most inauspicious sign of further disasters in store for us and I have read enough history to know that women’s reign, wherever they have occurred, have been stained with stupidities, crime enormities and perversions too disgusting to quote from original sources.”
Socialism not in our blood
According to RSS there are three enemies of India – non-Hindus, communists and those who talk of democratic socialism: “Socialism is not a product of this soil. It is not in our blood and tradition. It has absolutely nothing to do with traditions and ideal of thousands of years of our people here.” In Guru Golwalkar’s opinion equality is possible only at the level of the spirit and no other level.
Excerpts from Now, 6 February 1970