Anna Hazare – What’s the truth about the man? Is not communalism equally important?

December 26, 2011 by  
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Anna HazareMumbai, December 26, 2011: Even as Mumbai, braces itself for the Anna fast and we loudly reiterate our committment to fight against corruption, one cannot ignore the news of Anna Hazare’s alleged involvement with the saffron brigade. Below are some stories published in order that you can take an informed decision.

* Anna Hazare was an ‘active RSS Pracharak,’ reveals media report
* From Babri demolition to supporting Anna Hazare: Changing strategies of RSS politics
* Congress links Anna with RSS

New Delhi, December 26, 2011:  Just two days before Ana Hazare’s three-day fast at the MMRDA Ground in Mumbai on December 27, startling facts have emerged in the media, which point towards Anna Hazare’s strong association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), something which Hazare and team Anna have been categorically denying till now. According to a report published in Hindi daily “Nai Duniya” Anna Hazare was an ‘RSS Pracharak’ who received his ‘Diksha’ from senior RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh in 1983 in Gonda.

According to this report, as a very close aid of senior RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh, Anna Hazare learnt and developed his worldview of village development because of his works on the issue while he was with RSS. It was this worldview, which he later replicated and experimented at Ralegan Siddhi.

RSS, on several occasions has acknowledged and accepted its open and tacit support of Hazare’s so called anti-corruption campaign. In fact, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had, at the organisation’s annual Dussehra rally in Nagpur in October 2011 said that its volunteers “are already active in all movements against corruption without craving for their own position and credit”.

According to this report, Hazare worked on several RSS projects, shoulder to shoulder with Deshmukh. He used to be the general secretary of one RSS affiliate group which was headed by Nanaji Deshmukh.

One old picture has also surfaced in the media, in which Anna Hazare is shown in company of the senior RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh. Deshmukh had praised Anna Hazare in several RSS meetings and it was on his insistence only that Anna is seen as a very respectable figure in RSS.

Interestingly till now Anna Hazare himself or his team haven’t commented or disputed the claims made in the report.

According to this Nai Dinuya report which goes in detail about Anna Hazare’s involvement in RSS activities Hazare was actively involved with several projects related to village development which were started by Nanaji Deshmukh. “Gram Wishva’ (Village World), an organization devoted to the development of village, was established with Hazare being a very active member of the group.

According to Ramprakash Gupta, who had attended meetings with Nanaji Deshmukh, in 1983 an important 3-days meeting of Gram Wishva was organized in which Anna Hazare actively participated in the meetings with Nanaji Deshmukh.

Even though Anna Hazare and his team have categorically denied his RSS connection in the past, the recent evidence of Anna Hazare’s links with RSS, is some thing which Anna Hazare and his team will find very hard to dispute.

This development has emboldened and provided the Congress and its allies with fresh evidence of Anna Hazare’s RSS links. Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has criticized Anna Hazare for hiding his RSS connection till now.

“And he denied any association with RSS! Now whom do we believe Facts with Picture and the claim of RSS or Anna? I am again proved right”, tweeted Singh.

Digvijaya Singh has in the past, accused Mr Hazare of being hand in gloves with the RSS. He had also alleged that Hazare’s fast against corruption at the Ramlila Maidan in August this year had the backing of the right-wing group with the latter’s members also participating in the event.

Political activist Shehzad Poonawalla, who has since the beginning doubted the purpose of the Anna campaign, said: “I had always maintained that the Anna movement is nothing but a Jansangh sponsored event. Their aim is simple – enforce mid term polls upon the country perhaps to dislodge ongoing investigations into saffron terror by the NIA.”

Poonawalla says that Sangh since the exposure of saffron terror has tried to scuttle the terror probes.

“The Jansangh has always been finding ways and means to scuttle the investigations of right wing terror by saffron groups and almost got an allergic attack when the Communal Violence Bill came into the public domain. Thereafter they have used Anna Hazare to deflect attention from issues like Modi’s culpability in 2002 riots, communal violence and food security bill,” alleges Poonawalla.

From Babri demolition to supporting Anna Hazare: Changing strategies of RSS politics

This December, Babri demolition act completed its 19years. On the occasion many a Muslim groups demanded the reconstruction of the masjid. This demand is just but is mired in many a complex legalities and is trapped in the politics in which there are many diverse players. One again needs to clarify that Hindutva is not a religion of Hindus.

Religion of Hindus is Hinduism. Hindutva is the politics of RSS; it is a politics with sectarian vision. This is the vision of affluent upper caste- elite aiming to abolish democracy. Hindutva aims to bring a nation in the name of Hindu religion where the upper crust of society can rule as per the norms prevalent in feudal society. The trick involved here is that these norms of feudal society, the birth based hierarchy, is presented as a glorious tradition and in given the modern language and form.

Demolition of Babri Masjid was a demolition of a national monument; it was also the beginning of a phase of politics where the communal undercurrents of Indian politics menacingly came to the surface. It was a signal for the violence against minorities at a higher pitch. It was a blatant insult of whatever Indian Constitution stands for. It was also the first major step for communal parties to come to occupy the seats of power in the Centre.

After the initial sacking of the BJP Governments in the states where it was ruling, the polarization caused by demolition and post demolition violence went to frightening level and the communal party, BJP, which was at the margins of political structure, came to the fore as the major opposition party. Its parent organization, the real controller of Hindutva politics, RSS, started becoming more respectable and the social thinking was further vitiated with the biases against minorities. In due course the other minority the Christians were also brought under the firing range of the communalists leading to the ghastly burning of Pastor Graham Stains and later scattered attacks on Christian missionaries working in Adivasi areas, leading to massive Kandhmal carnage were witnessed.

For the first time BJP, the party inherently committed to the anti democratic notion of Hindu Rashtra, grabbed the power at the Centre in 1996, when all other parties correctly refused to ally with it to share the spoils of power. But that changed soon enough and other political parties, obsessed with power opportunistically started sharing power with those accused of Babri demolition, those whose affiliates incited not only the demolition but also the violence against minorities in different guises.

The coming to power of BJP at centre opened the floodgates of the political space that goes with power, and the task of RSS progeny, VHP, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram got facilitated. The state apparatus, police bureaucracy got more communalized. The education was communalized more openly with a tinge of promoting faith based knowledge at the cost of the scientific temper and rational thought.

This also paved the way for further victories for BJP. The success of RSS propaganda is not merely that it targets the minorities; its bigger success is that it instils the fear in the mind of majority about the ‘threat’ of minority. There is a ripple effect of this process and then a section of ‘middle of the road elements’ also start turning over to support the Hindutva parties. Karnataka opened the floodgates of BJP for its entry into South. The political ideology of BJP and its group is gaining ascendance.

The Babri demolition led to multiple processes, denial of justice to victims of violence became structural, and the minorities started being relegated to second class citizenship. The demonization of minorities has by now gone to extreme levels. Christians are also being meted out the same treatment, particularly in Adivasi areas. This process of demonization of Muslim minorities later started being created around the issue related to terrorism.

US propaganda after the 9/11, in which US created monster of Al Qaeda was the central force, brought immense disrepute to Islam and Muslims. US media coined the word Islamic terrorism, and the politics for control over oil resources was taken to absurd ideological manipulation and a religion and a religious community were subjected to immense targeting. In India also the propaganda against Muslims was taken to much worse levels with the global phenomenon of terror, falsely and cleverly attributed to teachings of Islam and Muslims.

Now the RSS-BJP politics is entering the new phase. Having reached the acme of anti minority polarization, it has found the Anna Hazare movement as the new vehicle for its politics of undermining democratic institutions to bring in a parallel authoritarian structure where the Lok Pal plays the big brother. Though this sounds innocuous and is presented as a step to solve the problems, this is likely to create a new institution, beyond the control of democratic norms. Few people and groups who are calling the shots and asserting that they are ‘The People’, ‘Anna is above Parliament’, will rule through proxies of various types.

This Anna movement has polarized the social layers according to those who look at either identity issues (Ram Temple) or symptomatic issues (Corruption) as the major issues while undermining the problems of dalits, minorities and other deprived sections of society. Identity issues or issues focused around symptoms, which are meant to preserve the status quo of political dynamics, and that’s what politics in the name of religion is all about. That’s what Christian fundamentalism, Islamic fundamentalism or Hindutva, wants.

Now since Ram Temple appeal is fading away, those for social-political ‘status quo’ have jumped to the bandwagon of Anti-corruption. This is a shrewd move. Marginalized sections do feel left out from such ‘I am Anna’, ‘We are the People’ type of assertions, the message is that only the ‘shining India’ will have the say in the shaping of the nation, while the deprived India, will be permanently on the margins.

In a sense the RSS-Hindutva politics is constantly changing its strategies to communalize, polarize the society and to distract social attention from core issues. While initially the Rath Yatras and communal violence have played their role in polarizing the nation along religious lines, now the social issue, corruption, is being used to further strengthen the hold of politics aimed at retaining social inequalities

– ram puniyani

Congress links Anna with RSS

New Delhi: In a fresh political offensive against Anna Hazare, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh accused the crusader of being associated with the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The BJP retorted, saying the Congress has “lost its mind”.

“And he denied any association with RSS! Now whom do we believe Facts with Picture and the claim of RSS or Anna? I am again proved right”, Singh tweeted, referring to Hazare’s photograph with RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh in a Hindi daily.

Hazare worked under the leadership of Deshmukh, it reported. “He (Nanaji) was an RSS activist and at a later date renounced politics and took up social work. The point I want to make is why does Anna Hazare not accept it,” Singh told reporters later.

Another Congress leader, Rashid Alvi, also attacked Anna Hazare, who is set to go on a three-day fast in Mumbai Dec 27-29. “Anna should come clean on his links with the RSS. Which ideology does Anna follow, is it his personal decision? But there should be some honesty about it; people have the right to know what your ideology is. People must know,” Rashid Alvi told reporters here.

The BJP strongly reacted to the Congress statements. “The Congress has lost its mind. And it is because of their frustration that they are talking rubbish and asking inane questions which need not be answered,” BJP’s Prakash Javadekar told reporters Sunday.

Meanwhile, Team Anna Member Arvind Kejriwal supported Hazare saying that he is an “agent” of the country. “It is not a battle for Lokpal it’s a battle of people. They keep saying that that Ann is RSS agent or BJP agent. Anna is agent of this country. They keep levelling baseless charges against him because they have nothing against him. ”

Kiran Bedi, another Team Anna member, tweeted: “Does sharing of the dais make one each other’s agent. Next time should one sit alone? When two persons share a dais do they become each others agents?”

– tcn

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