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SRI RAM SWARUP - A FEARLESS INTELLECTUAL SEER OF MODERN HINDU INDIA

V SUNDARAM I.A.S

Sri Ram Swarup(1920-1998) Sri Ram Swarup (1920-1998) is perhaps the greatest Hindu intellectual of post-independent India. His most outstanding disciple was Sita Ram Goel, an 'Intellectual Kshatriya'. Theintellectual and emotional relationship that existed between them for more than five decades is a glorious chapter in the history of Hindu revival after 1947. The intellectual relationship between these two great men was similar to the spiritual relationship between Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda in the latter half of the 19th century and the Hindutva relationship between Dr Hedgewar and Sri Guruji Golwalkar in the 2nd quarter of the 20th century. Sita Ram Goel often used to acknowledge the fact that he came back to the fold of Hinduism from the concentration camp of communism only on account of the spiritual influence of Sri Ram Swarup.

Sita Ram Goel (Sishya) with Sri Ram Swarup (Guru) on the right Sri Ram Swarup was firmly of the view that the foremost task of an intellectual lay in his effort to break down the stereo-types and reductive categories which have a limiting and choking impact upon human thought and communication. As early as in 1949, in his book 'LET US FIGHT THE COMMUNIST MENACE', he challenged the orthodox communist party view that every intellectual must be a man or woman of the Left. After the II World War, all the worldly powers in all areas of life effectively co-opted the intelligentsia to an extraordinary and unprecedented degree. The results were disastrous. As Wilfred Owen puts it poetically: 'The scribes on all the people shove And bawl allegiance to the State'. Against this contemporary situation of intellectual serfdom, Sri Ram Swarup in the India of1949 functioned as a 'One Man Brigade' against communism in India and the Indian State which was getting into the vicious grip of Russian brand of communism under Stalin. Sri Ram Swarup felt that it was his principal intellectual duty to make an earnest search for relative independence from such pressures pointed out by Wilfred Owen. As a powerful political writer against communism, he tried to speak the truth to power. Sri Ram Swarup was born on October 12, 1920 in Sonipat in Haryana. His father was a private banker. Sri Ram Swarup (formerly Sri Ram Swarup Garg, his Gotra name and belonging to the Agrawal caste) took his degree in economics from Delhi University in 1941. Like others of his generation he too joined the Gandhian Movement during the Quit India Agitation of 1942. He acted as the over-ground contact (Post box) for the

underground rebels like Aruna Asaf Ali. He had to spend a week in custody when a letter bearing his name was found in the house of another activist, the future Homeopath Dr. Ram Singh Ratna. He worked as a clerk in the American Office in Delhi from 1942 to 1944. This office had been set up in the context of the Allied War Effort against Japan. He became very popular in several progressive circles in Delhi and New Delhi on account of his capacity for lively conversation and astringent wit. He was a great admirer of Aldus Huxley, Bertrand Russell and a literary imitator of George Bernard Shaw. He started an intellectual club called 'The Changers' Club' keeping in mind Karl Marx's dictum that philosophers have only interpreted the world instead of changing it. It was nothing more than an academic discussion forum for a dozen young intellectuals which included the future diplomat L.C. Jain, the future Planning Commission Member Raj Krishna, the future Times of India Editor Girilal Jain, and his intellectual protégé Sita Ram Goel. What is interesting to note is that at this time Sri Ram Swarup was a committed atheist and this was reflected in the motto which he inscribed in the Changers' Club manifesto in these words:'Butter is more important than God'. This club was disbanded in 1947 because most of the members were sucked into the vortex of real life. Sri Ram Swarup worked for Mahatma Gandhi's English disciple Mira Behn (nee Madeleine Slade) when she retired to Rishikesh after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi to edit her correspondence with Mahatma Gandhi which unfortunately was not completed. During this period Sri Ram Swarup engaged himself in exploring the relevance of Gandhism to real life problems, a subject which sustained his interest for a long time. As late as in 1977, he published the booklet called 'Gandhian Economics' as an alternative to the ideology which was rapidly gaining ground among the intelligentsia around him: 'Communism'. Around the time of independence in 1947, Sri Ram Swarup had developed strong opinions against 'communism'. He was forthright in his criticism of the Communist Party of India (CPI) when they defended the 'Partition Scheme' with politically manufactured socio-economic arguments. Sri Ram Swarup objected strongly by declaring that the Partition would only benefit the haves among the Muslims, not the have-nots. Thus he moved in a direction opposite to the ideological passion and trend of the day and time and became one of India's leading anticommunists. It was during this period he 'rescued' and 'saved' his friend Sita Ram Goel from the deathly trap of 'communist totalitarianism'.

These two books attracted attention in high places.A. This publishing house was part of their 'Society for the Defence of Freedom in Asia' (SDFA) about which I shall explain in greater detail below. The great benefactor who came to the rescue of Bharath Mata at that time by way of financial assistance for this great national cause was Hari Prasad Lohia. Birla and was initially led by Morarji Desai. Until its closing in December 1955. 'Russian Imperialism: How to Stop It?' (1950). 'Let us Fight the Communist Menace' (1949) and 'Russian Imperialism: How to Stop it?' (1950) were published by Prachi Prakasham. Sri Ram Swarup and Sita Ram Goel together.D. Dr. On account of strong differences with Minoo Masani. and on one occasion violently denounced in the Pravda and the Izvestia.S. Sri Ram Swarup's main books on communism are: 'Let us Fight the Communist Menace' (1949). This book was taken to the attention of Western anti-communists including some Congressmen in U. a think tank specifically devoted to monitoring communism.” It published some important studies. ananti-communist publishing house founded by Sri Ram Swarup and Sita Ram Goel in Calcutta which was then the Mecca of Indian Communism. In his 'Gandhism and Communism' Sri Ram Swarup stressed the need to raise the struggle against communism from a military to a moral and ideological level. In his landmark work called 'Decolonising the Hindu Mind' (2001). who later passed on the responsibility to Minoo Masani. Sardar Vallabhai Patel. It was sponsored by the family of G. the Centre was the main independent focus of ideological opposition to communism in the third world. took a decision to establish the 'Democratic Research Service' (DRS). which were acclaimed by leading anti-communists in the West and Taiwan. Some core ideas of Sri Ram Swarup were . Union Home Minister. 'Communism and Peasantry: Implications of Collectivist Agriculture for Asian Countries' (1954). established the 'Society for the Defence of Freedom in Asia' (SDFA) in 1950. which was formally launched in November 1950. Sri Ram Swarup resigned from the DRS to re-join Sita Ram Goel in Calcutta. and 'Foundations of Maoism' (1956). 'Gandhism and Communism' (1954).Sri Ram Swarup's first two books. It was as Secretary of the DRSthat Sri Ram Swarup prepared a 'History of the Communist Party of India' which was later published by Minoo Masani in his own name. Koenraad Elst writes emphatically: “The most authentic and effective Indian centre of fact-finding and consciousness-raising about the communist menace in Asia was undoubtedly the Society for the Defence of Freedom in Asia (SDFA).

Sri Ram Swarup was a rare intellectual who asserted his right to have his own space to walk around. Sri Ram Swarup wrote critics of communism and of the actual that is dismal performance of communist Governments. Sri Ram Swarup. In his approach to public affairs. to equitable distribution and to high morale which were being made by these communist Governments in Russia and China.” In every society we have a handful of unusual persons with an unusual sensitivity to the sacred and an uncommon reflective-ness about the nature of their universe. He showed that the 'sacrifices' which the people were being compelled to make had nothing to do with building a new society in which at some future date they would be heirs to milk and honey. the communist mafia of mass media. Sri Ram Swarup had the rare gift of exposition which turns popularization into an art. did not feel powerless in the face of an overwhelmingly powerful network of social authorities. anyone reading Sri Ram Swarup's critiques would characterise them as prophetic. In the 1950s when our intellectuals were singing paeans to Marxism and to Mao in particular. the space in which to stand and talk back to authority. etc which were competing with one another in crowding out the possibilities for achieving any decent change in post-independent India. Arun Shourie who had the good fortune of being a good friend of Sri Ram Swarup wrote this about his struggle against communism: “Sri Ram Swarup now in his seventies. as a fearless intellectual. so noxious was the intellectual climate in India that all he got was abuse and ostracism. that in fact they were fabrication. All his life he spoke up for the free mind which is the glory and torment of the modern world. is a scholar of the front rank. He showed that the claims to efficiency and productivity. His was the spirit . and the rules which govern their society. Sri Ram Swarup openly came out against the disgraceful public performance of Nehruvian intellectuals marked by strategic premeditated trimming.adopted by the Eisenhower administration in its agenda for the Geneva Conference in 1955. patriotic bluff and bluster and above all a self-dramatising and retrospective apostasy. But thirty years ago. the government and business corporations. In all his writings he declared that an unquestioning subservience to authority in today's world is one of the greatest threats to an active. intellectual life. Sri Ram Swarup often found exhilaration in danger and relished nothing better than a controversy. and moral. were wholly unsustainable. careful silence. Today.

Edward W Said. scouring alternative sources. catching the audience's attention. reviving forgotten (or abandoned) histories. self-irony is therefore more frequent than pomposity. intellectual life. But there is no dodging the inescapable reality that such representations by intellectuals will neither make them friends in high places nor win them official honours. Sri Ram Swarup viewed Gandhism as an alternative to communism. rather than in accommodation. through his life and writings as a fearless fighter for great public causes. When he and Sita Ram Goel were fighting together against the menace of communism in India after 1949.in opposition. It is a lonely condition. He often told his friends that the hardest aspect of being an intellectual is to represent what you profess through your work and interventions. beautifully describes the predicament of a committed and ardent intellectual in this context: “Witnessing a sorry state of affairs when one is not in power is by no means a monotonous. making a great deal of one's opportunities to speak. In a pamphlet written after the assassination of . As a young intellectual.” Sri Ram Swarup. the interest. It involves a sense of the dramatic and of the insurgent. monochromatic activity. the challenge of intellectual life was to be found in dissent against the status quo in India immediately after 1947 when the struggle on behalf of the under-represented and disadvantaged groups seemed so unfairly weighted against them. He was firmly of the view that the romance. being better at wit and debate than one's opponents. regional background and primeval loyalties. Sri Ram Swarup had the integrity and moral courage to proclaim that standards of truth about human misery and oppression should be upheld by fearless intellectuals regardless of their party affiliation. It involves what Foucault once called 'a relentless erudition'. an internationally known literary critic. yes. He was disgusted by the unquestioning subservience to authority in the India of his time and viewed it as the greatest of threats to an active. without hardening into an institution or a kind of automaton acting at the behest of a system or method. and moral. All his life he stood upright and talked back to authority. but it is always a better one than a gregarious tolerance for the way things are. And there is something fundamentally unsettling about intellectuals who have neither offices to protect nor territory to consolidate and guard. exhuming buried documents. gave a cubic content to the above words of Edward Said. directness more than hemming or hawing.

An instantaneous reaction from Arun Shourie fully exposed the unfounded prejudice of Syed Sahabuddin in the whole affair and a statement made by a group of intellectuals. Cultural Alienation and Some Problems Hinduism Faces (1987). he expressed the view that martyrdom was only befitting a man of Gandhiji's elemental greatness. When Sri Ram Swarup's Hindu View of Christianity and Islam was published in 1992. On Hinduism: Reviews and Reflections (published posthumously in 1999). . Sri Ram Swarup passed away peacefully during an afternoon nap on 26 December 1998 leaving to the world a splendid example of lonely and disinterested pursuit of truth and light. he never got married and he never did any business for commercial profit. Christianity. and Meditations: Gods. The Word as Revelation: Names of Gods (1980). Hindu-Sikh Relationship (1985). a Janata Dal Member of Parliament wrote a letter on 20 August 1993 to his co-religionist. Ramakrishna Mission in Search of a New Identity (1986). Syed Sahabuddin. Sri Ram Swarupturned to religious and philosophical issues after 1957. Woman in Islam (1994). SYED SAHABUDDIN'S VILE ATTEMPT TO GET SRI RAM SWARUP'S BOOK HINDU VIEW OF CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM BANNED BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA IN 1993 FAILED MISERABLY. Apart from contributing a large number of seminal articles on Hinduism. he also wrote a series of important books on comparative religion and philosophy. Sri Ram Swarup was an unassuming. Religions (published posthumously in 2000). quiet and reflective type of person. Hindu View of Christianity and Islam (1992). Islam and Christianity from several points of view to important newspapers like The Times of India. After a life of strenuous and unremitting intellectual labour. the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs (Late) P M Syeed. Understanding Islam Through Hadis (1983). Some of his main works are: Buddhism vis-a-vis Hinduism (1958). An Imperialist Ideology (1983). under the leadership of K S Lal against Syed Sahabuddin's proposal to impose a ban on that book also had the desired impact. The Indian Express.Gandhiji ' Mahatma Gandhi and his Assassin ' (1948). The Observer and Hindustan Times. The Hindu View of Education (1971). asking theGovernment of India to have the book examined from the point of view of banning it under the law of the land. Hinduism vis-a-vis Christianity and Islam (1982). After waging a relentless intellectual battle against communism and serfdom. He never sought a job.

Hinduism has become a dirty word and Hindus are being made to disown their identities. Hinduism as a whole and above all for things. He wrote in his Hindu View of Christianity and Islam: “If religious tolerance is a value. it is to confuse the nation's counsel. LIKEWISE. issues and ideals Hindu in character. Smaller identities and narrower loyalties. Their game is obvious. to weaken its will. This book is one of the first serious comparative studies of religion written from the Hindu viewpoint. are being mischievously thrown to the forefront by planned antisocial and anti-national policies. banning it would be a direct attack on the right of Hindu society to develop an intellectual response to ideological challenges. Any tolerance shown was an exception. they have carried fire and sword and oppressed and destroyed as far as it lay in their power. . to create a soft society so that its parts can be picked up one by one and the nation dismembered and destroyed to the total pseudo-secular satisfaction of all tall leaders in New Delhi! This seems to be the only po0litical agenda of the anti-Hindu and anti-National Sonia Congress Party and the UPA Government today.” SRI RAM SWARUP CLEARLY CONCLUDED THAT THE DESTRUCTIVE RECORD OF ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY THROUGH THE AGES HAS BEEN OUTDONE ONLY BY COMMUNISM. Such dangerous forces have acquired their own momentum. intolerance was the rule. Christianity as well as Islam lacks it badly. Hindu society. Hindu culture. SRI RAM SWARUP REJECTED THE PHILOSOPHY OF 'SARVA DHARMA SAMBHAVA' OFMAHATMA GANDHI ON THE GROUND THAT THE TOLERANT POLYTHEISTIC HINDUISM CAN NEVER BE EQUATED WITH BRUTAL MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS LIKE ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY. justification and vested interests. Wherever they have gone. Castes and creeds are becoming more prominent at the highest levels of governance.In their statement on that occasion these intellectuals declared as follows: “We strongly condemn all recent attempts in India and abroad to prevent free enquiry into the history and the doctrines of various religions. In particular we condemn the attempt by Syed Sahabuddin to make the Indian authorities impose a ban on the book Hindu View of Christianity and Islam by Sri Ram Swarup published by Voice of India. once an integral part of a larger Hindu milieu. They demolished and occupied the temples and shrines of others. casteQuota-loving' UPA government in New Delhi.” Sri Ram Swarup was a crusader for ' Sanathana Dharma '. power. New Delhi in 1992. Under the 'Islam-embracing. Hindu civilisation. Hindu-hating. Christianity-coveting.

RSS-baiting is. they deal with the larger configuration and deeper motivations of Indian politics. Sri Ram Swarup. Rather. Several forces at that time were uniting and conspiring together against Hinduism and national unity.In this terrible and desolate context for Hinduism and the Hindus of India today. in so far as it derives its ethos Hinduism.” Here is another brilliant observation from Sri Swarup‟s foreword: “There is the culture of SERVICE and the politics of POWER. observed as follows: “They are not „Election‟ Articles though they refer to elections. Sri Ram Swarup had the vision to understand and comment upon the long range implications of the configuration of these evil forces. at heart. I have to refer to 4 brilliant articles written by Sri Ram Swarup in August 1979. The titles of these 4 thought provoking articles were: (1) The Politics of Self-Alienation (2) The Dishonest Secularist (3) The RSS Bogey (4) The Embarassing Allies Janatha Government was in power and Charan Singh was the Prime Minister of India. Its arrogance has prevented it even from comprehending those values… This politics dresses itself in Left Phraseology. leading to the forging of a Grand Alliance between opportunistic. to the above 4 articles.” Ram also from even . The RSS. It is also from this source that a good deal of anti-RSS propaganda emanates. Hence the misunderstanding about the RSS. In his foreword. The slogan is raised by those who would like to use „Minorities‟ to foist a party or dynastic dictatorship over the majority. represents the former. This politics rejects the deeper values of the country and its culture. which has also given birth to its own brand of politics. which the latter finds difficult to appreciate. It uses the Phrases of „Secularism‟ and „Socialism‟ in order to serve its own ends. He was the first Political Scientist to point out as early as in August 1979 that voting in India was being done on communal and caste lines which gave Muslims a Balancing Role and which in turn made them the wooed community by all kinds of political parties. Indian thinking today is characterized by Self-Alienation. communal and caste-based politicians. Hindu-baiting.

who have any structure of beliefs. In Communists. They must know the nature of the danger the country is facing and the unholy alliance its enemies are forging. But after the passing away of Gandhiji on 30-January-1948. we also make no contribution to the pool of the world-good”. The elites --. so was Rajiv Gandhi. Therefore the people must be ideologically disarmed. and so is Dr . Similarly. In others it is more self-controlled.” What Sonia Gandhi and Karunanidhi have achieved together in theTELECOM SPECTRUM SCAM using the convenient handle of their page boys like Dr Manmohan Singh and A. they must lose their self-respect. any rallying point. their organic leadership and their identity. They distrust all those who have roots. their culture subverted. it becomes their necessary ideological prop which supports their aim of capturing power. Sri Ram Swarup stated that in many Hindu intellectuals and politicians. Nehru was such a model as Prime Minister. the old deathly disease of Self-Alienation again came into the forefront and showed itself in all its power and ramifications.was clearly foreseen by Sri Ram Swarup in these articles. in some it is expressed emotionally. They know that people who are ideologically and organizationally cohesive are not an easy prey to their ambitions. Its most undisguised incarnation is in the elitist and Leftist politics of the day. Raja --. Sri Ram Swarup attacked this approach in a powerful language charged with elemental power: “They fail to see that this is a sterile path in more than one sense and just by reproducing the West in ourselves. In his article titled „The Politics of Self Alienation‟. they must be atomized. the madness becomes a method and acquires a long-range aim. so was Indira Gandhi. their internal differences fanned so that they can be easily picked up. “the hatred of the religion in which they were born has acquired neurotic and even lunatic proportions.I am referring to the combined Himalayan Corruption of thisCRIMINAL coterie --. particularly amongst those who love their country and culture. who have self-esteem.Nehruvian Congress pseudosecularists and the Communists --.” The Self-Alienation of Indians in general and Hindus in particular was an important component of the intellectual ferment of the British days though it was kept in check by the pervading influence of Gandhiji. They would like to cast the country in the image of the West. more prudently expressed and more profitably directed --.As Sri Ram Swarup put it in his foreword: “I offer these articles in the hope of promoting a larger discussion. in others it takes on a more intellectual look.are enamoured of the West and they seek solutions of all the country’s problems in imported models.it is expressed with an eye to Muslim and Christian votes.

Smt Indira Gandhi. If our totally impotent. life-giving. by mischievously using the dark cover of „Emergency‟. lifeless. corrupt and stupidly smiling Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is able to declare. Their meaningful (mendacious and machinating and self-promoting) mission is my mission. was the originator of this malignant disease of Politics of Self-Alienation so eloquently described by Sri Ram Swarup above. phlegmatic. Our listless. was clearly foreseen by Sri Ram Swarup as early as in 1979. lustureless. I am calling today’s surrogate Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singhcorrupt only .I am referring to the „Secularism Missile‟ aimed at the Hindu throats --. in 1976 by declaring India to be a „Secular State‟. lifeenhancing Western models in this sense are Sonia Gandhi. she succeeded in poisoning the roots of the ancient Hindu culture. living. with authoritarian shamelessness on stilts. the greatest political criminal who adorned the highest seat of power in post-Independent India.” What is happening in this Sonia-Congress organized and Sonia Gandhi-manipulated Dark Age in which India and her helpless millions find themselves in a disastrous rut today. Smt Indira Gandhi. By sowing and promoting the virus of Self-Alienation amongst the Indians in general and Hindus in particular by using the might of the state. Rahul Gandhi and all the members of the Nehru-Gandhi Congress Dynasty. lethargic. I am referring to the 42nd Amendment that Smt Indira Gandhi brought into the Indian Constitution. directionless and national visionless Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has several times declared from the housetop: “Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are my live models (perhaps like the historic wax models created by Madame Tussaud!!!). their „self-less‟ benighted Be-Cause is my Because. and their transcendental (treacherous) vision is my vision. succeeded in shattering the identity and morale of Hindus and Hindu society in India. besotted victim and wife of Love Jihadi Feroze KHAN (name changed to Gandhi later).Manmohan Singh today. Dr Manmohan Singh’s live. that „Muslims of India will have the first charge on our National Resources‟. inefficient. it is only because of the fact that dastardly anti-Hindu Smt Indira Gandhi created the antiHindu virus--. The main aim of this Amendment was to use the helpless and unorganized Hindu millions as disposable fodder on the state organized bonfire programme (in final effect deliberately planned for the welfare of Muslims and Christians only and viciously intended as a pogrom for the Hindus as a whole) of „Minority Rights‟ CONCEIVED ONLY FOR PURPOSES OF MINORITY VOTE BANK POLITICS.by amendingthe Constitution in 1976.

The rules of the game do not change simply because the British have left.because he allows the Himalayan corruption of Union Communications Minister Spectacular ‘Spectrum‟ Raja to continue unchecked. “Secularism is not merely an agnostic or metaphysical idea or even a generous social impulse. 1. that they are hard to please. he concluded as follows in his article „The Politics of Self-Alienation‟: “Hinduism has the necessary depth. Ambitious politicians use it for vote-catching. perhaps. that they are getting unreasonable and even impossible. Hindu-Muslim unity is a desirable thing but it does not suit that breed of politicians who prosper on division. People have become to feel that the minorities are being pampered. involuntary responses and actions are controlled by the well-knownItalian Mafia operating from No: 10. „Divide and Rule‟ was no invention of the British. After pointing out all the perils and the dangers that were encircling Hinduism and Hindus of India. it is an indispensable policy of all who want to perpetuate a party or dynastic rule. Sri Ram Swarup made a frontal attack on the „Minority Politics‟ of State-Organized Secularism. WHICH IS NOT EASILY FOUND ELSEWHERE AND OF WHICH WE SHOULD BE PROUD AND WHICH WE SHOULD CULTIVATE. let me now turn to his article titled „The Dishonest Secularist‟. and trite. it is a hard-nosed election politics. In this seminal and prophetic article. it is a bid for Muslim and Christian votes. unhindered and unquestioned by any enforcement authority under his control. words within these brackets mine) intellectuals use it for giving themselves a progressive image. the surrogate Prime Minister abets it through his masterly inactivity and cold calculated silence!!! The levers of his. Janpath in New Delhi. catholicity.” 2.” Having touched upon Sri Ram Swarup‟s article on „The Politics of SelfAlienation‟. IT HAS ALSO A GOOD DEAL WHICH IS ALWAYS TRUE. dynamism to assimilate all that is good and true. If Raja commits the mega-crime. “Today secularism has become a profitable business. “The slogan of secularism has been so often cynically repeated that it has become hackneyed. aggressive minorities use it for self-aggrandizement. These have been adopted by the BROWN ELITE .” 3. I am giving a few excerpts from this article. It has attracted all kinds of shady characters. Sri Ram Swarup was a great visionary. it has become the first and last refuge of the scoundrels of all descriptions. communal (Communists included. Even more than patriotism.

Thus while the Hindu society is divided. THIS PHOBIA IS A VERITABLE CORNUCOPIA OF VOTES FOR WHICH THE OPPORTUNIST ELEMENTS ARE COMPETING. the caste-based . He also promised that “he would speak to Indiraji about this dangerous development and ensure that the Muslims remain Muslims”. they vote for caste candidates. “In his book „My eleven years with Fakhrudin Ali Ahmed‟. if one belongs to the right caste or can manipulate the caste factor successfully and also manage the minority votes on anti-Hindu slogan one is bound to succeed.” 6. This sent alarm into the hearts of secularists and nationalists. when the members of the Jamat-e-Islami were put in the same jail as the members of RSS. therefore they began to think better of their Hindu brothers. Maulavis belonging to the Jamat-e-Islami-e-Hind met the President (Fakhrudin Ali Ahmed) and reported to him about the growing rapport between the leaders of the two communities. “THERE IS A VESTED INTEREST OF MUSLIMS RETAINING THEIR HINDU PHOBIA OF THE HINDUS. Fazle Ahmed Rehmaney provides an interesting case which throws great light on the psychology of secularism. This „stunned‟ President Fakhrudin Ali Ahmed and he said that this carried “ominous future for Congressite Muslim leaders”. ON THE OTHERHAND.” HINDU CASTE BASED ORGANIZATIONS in British India were all essentially Hindu organizations rooted in Sanatana Dharma and being very proud of their Hindu identity and heritage. So.) 5. the former began to discover that the latter were no monsters as the latter were made to believe by „nationalist‟ propaganda. “The Hindu society is divided into castes. Mr.” 4. IT HAS BEEN IN THE GRIP OF A LEADERSHIP THAT HAS BEEN WORKING MERELY AS THE ELECTION AGENT OF THE RULING CLIQUE IN THE CONGRESS POLITICS. (Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel are playing the same sinister game of „Divide and Rule Anti-Hindu Secularism‟ today. In the dirty communal anti-Hindu electoral politics of today. It thinks in terms of castes. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY HAS THROWN UP NO WORTHWHILE LEADERSHIP WHICH IS INTERESTED INT EH LARGER QUESTION OF HINDUMUSLIM AMITY. During the Emergency days. Muslims vote enbloc. They have vested interest in keeping people divided and perpetuating their differences. it votes in terms of castes. Hindus do not vote for Hindu candidates. This gives them disproportionate representation on Indian Politics.they have left behind.

whether inside Kerala or outside. despite the known fact that Chattambi Swamigal was a great Hindu Rishi and Social reformer who fought against social evils of casteism and religious conversion. superiority complex towards other Hindu castes on the one hand and inferiority complex towards Christians and Muslims on the other. The classic instance of communal anti-Hindu politics relates to the NAIR SERVICE SOCIETY (NSS) in Kerala today. is known to start their meeting with the traditional Hindu invocations of Guru-Vandana and Vinayaka Stuti. social and spiritual message of SRI CHATTAMBI SWAMIKAL on the auspicious occasion of his 156th Jayanthi Celebrations at the . Finding themselves in the hopeless situation. The Ashram authorities had invited the widely respected Hindu Dharmacharini Mata Amritnandamayi for the Jayanthi Celebrations. by Communist paratroopers who are trying to wean away the Nair member-families from their Hindu roots under the guise of the debilitating and pernicious virus of „SECULARISM‟ consciously and continuously marketed by the Sonia Congress Party and the Communist Parties in Kerala. The General Secretary of the NSS P K Narayana Panicker showed supreme contempt for the essential and enduring Hindu cultural.organizations and political parties are trying to wean away people from their primordial Hindu roots. The Nair Karayogams have been infiltrated. consciously and deliberately. from their divisive and narrow-minded casteist point of view. The NSS is trying to reduce Nairs. to a bunch of pompous vainglorious casteists having simultaneously. Many of the members of the NSS could not tolerate a Hindu Dharmacharini like Mata Amritnandamayi who belongs to lower caste being invited and given prominence in the Jayanthi Celebrations. This. The case in point is the 156th Sri Chattambi Swami Jayanthi Celebrations at the Panmana Ashram in September 2009. The grim tragedy is that the NSS is functioning like a subordinate office of the Christian Church In Kerala. More particularly in Tamil Nadu and Kerala this seems to be the most serious political malady afflicting these two states. No Nair Karayogam (a unit of the Nair caste organizations). the Communist moles in the NSS of Kerala in general and its GENERAL SECRETARY Shri P K NARAYANA PANICKER. went into a depressed state sulking and they deliberately disassociated themselves from the Sri Chattambi Swami Jayanthi Celebrations. The Communist moles inside the caste-based organizations try their best to sabotage and prevent Hindu Unity and Hindu solidarity resting on caste consolidation. the erstwhile warrior-defenders of Sanatana Dharma in Kerala.

Guruji Golwalkar effectively demonstrated that his immortal soul-force was more powerful than the mortal temporal force of the state displayed by Pundit Nehru. “Today. 7. “But for Modern Secularists. under the leadership ofJayaprakash Narain rose in revolt and threw out Indira Gandhi and her Congress Party in the 1977 General Elections. very much like Nehru in 1948. Taking note of all this background. THE RSS WAS BANNED AND GURUJI GOLWALKAR. THE RSS CHIEF WAS IMPRISONED WITHOUT ANY TRIAL. she again imposed a ban on the RSS and imprisoned thousands of its Swayamsevaks without any trial. Pundit Nehru and his government shamelessly denied civil liberties to Guruji Golwalkar and the RSS Swayamsevaks for a period of more than 18 months after January 30. they would be more circumspect. This situation will continue as long as political parties find that they can spite the majority with impunity and get the minority votes into the bargain. IT SPECIALIZES IN USING THE MUSLIM STICKS FOR BEATING THE HINDUS. they walk hand-in-hand with this. IT REACHED ITS VIRULENT CLIMAX AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF MAHATMA GANDHI ON JANUARY 30 1948.PANMANA ASHRAM.” 8. When Indira Gandhi introduced the Emergency in 1975. there is a „majority‟ problem. The might of the Indian State was let loose by Nehru against Guruji Golwalkar and the RSS. Having wailed eloquently in his autobiography against the denial of civil liberties during the British Raj. The common people of India. In this repudiation. it will also lose its own raison .” The third article of Sri Ram Swarup titled „THE RSS BOGEY‟ is as hard hitting as the earlier 2 articles dealt with above. Muslim or Christian communalism is sacred and patriotic. So long as the RSS is identified with Hinduism in one form or another. there is no „minority‟ problem. It cannot hope to convince or please the enemies of Hinduism. This Current „Secular‟ slogan is nothing but another name for Hindu-baiting. In my view Sri P K NARAYANA PANICKER behaved like a jihadi Muslim towards a great Hindu saint. They have made common cause with this. Sri Ram Swarup wrote as follows on 25 August 1979: “It should be obvious to anybody that the most vicious anti-RSS propaganda is at heart anti-Hindu propaganda. sage and seer like Hindu Dharmacharini Mata Amritnandamayi. IT WAS NEHRU WHO STARTED THE RSS BAITING AFTER AUGUST 15. it would invite this attack. 1947. except by repudiating this identification and denying its inspiration. in India. 1948. But if they knew that their brand of politics also lost them at least as many votes of one community as it won them of other.

the Hindu society and Hindu culture. sustained. They now know that it is emanating from demented minds. the tenacious attack on Hinduism. Resist and fight back.and they are all working in concert to convert India into a non-Hindu nation of Islam and Christianity. selfalienation and even self-destruction deliberately let loose by Sonia Gandhi and her cohorts in the Congress Party and the other Islamist and casteist political parties.R Antulay and Christian mercenaries like A. continuity and unity. Oomen Chandy. In the same article Sri Ram Swarup also declared “But while the enemies of the RSS have worked themselves up to a frenzied point and have whipped up their tirade. “The attack on the RSS is dishonest. They know that before they can subvert India. from those who are interested in the dismemberment of the country. Ambika Soni --.” .” This kind of pan-Hindu organization working for bringing social cohesion and religious and political consolidation in the Hindu society does not suit the designs of the enemies of Hindu society. identity. from professional Hindu-baiters.” The RSS will have to overcome the forces of self-denigration. integrity. Those who want Hinduism to have no backbone and who want to disarm it ideologically are opposed to the work of the RSS. that the country's Balkanisation is not possible without prior fragmentation of the Hindu society. a name and nomenclature for India at its deepest and most cultural and spiritual. the will and the strength to survive. Hence. they must subvert Hinduism.” Renascent Hinduism will have to contend with the forces that are working round the clock for the destruction of Sanatana Dharma. interested. I would like to pay my tribute to Sri Ram Swarup by quoting his words which give a clear and clairvoyant message to all of us: “Those who are against India are even more opposed to Hinduism. A. Anthony. from agents of foreign powers.K. motivated. their need to unleash divisive caste politics.Islamic political marauders like Ahmed Patel.d‟etre. the propaganda itself is losing its appeal with the thinking people. from corrupt and opportunist politicians. from inveterate communalists putting on the mask of a progressive phraseology. Oscar Fernandez. The chief enemy of Sanatana Dharma today is the Italian Catholic woman imposter Sonia Gandhi and her chattels in the Congress Party --. Hinduism embodies India's civilizational dimension and gives it cohesion. vicious and virulent. It is spearheaded by those who have a deep animus against Hinduism especially that give it cohesiveness.

The world of scholarship is permanently indebted to my revered Guru Shri Jyothirmayananda Swamiji for making available to the world the 4 original unpublished articles of Shri Ram Swarup referred to above.SUNDARAM A public meeting was organized on 10 September 2006 by the Rajaji Centre for Public Affairs in Royapettah. Posted by Durgadevi at 5:49 PM 3 comments: Links to this post Monday. May 3. 2010 Paintings of Vande Mataram done in 1923 V. they would have been lost for ever. gave me a book titled Bandemataram Albumpublished in Cawnpore (Kanpur) in 1923 by Shiva Narayan Mishra Vaidya of Prakash Pustakalaya. Chennai to commemorate the centenary of the singing of the Vande Mataram song at a Special Session of the Indian National Congress at Benaras on 7 September 1905. This book contains rare and beautiful paintings by K.TEJENDRA KUMAR MITRA illustrating some of the gloriously symbolic Sanskrit words in the Vande Mataram song. my esteemed friend Dr Parthasarathy. I view it as a great privilege to present some of the pages from this rare book with the text and the paintings on the immortal VANDE MATARAM song. . If only he had not taken care to preserve those articles which were personally handed over to him by Shri Ram Swarup in 1979. I had the privilege of addressing this meeting. Immediately after the meeting. son of Shri Shri Acharya (Mandayam Srinivasachariar).

सुजराां सपराां भरमजशीतराभ ् ु सस्म श्माभराां भातयां भ ् . immediately followed by the English translation of that text by Shri.Aurobindo. Aurobindo. ु ु ु सहालसनीां सभधय बाषषणीभ ् . शुभ्र ज्मोत्सनाभ ् ऩुलरकत माि भनीभ ् पल्र कसुि भत द्रभदरशोलबनीभ ्. I am presenting below the text of immortal Vande Mataram song in SANSKRIT.Shri Aurtobindo Ghosh (1872-1950) This extremely rare and out of print book contains the full English Translation of Bandemataram song by Shri. ु ु ु सुखदाां वयदाां भातयभ ् ॥ सप्त कोटि कण्ठ करकर नननाद कयारे .

नभालभ त्वाभ ् नभालभ कभराां अभराां अतराभ ् ु . तोभायै प्रनतभा गडि भिददये -भिददये ॥ त्वां टह दगार दशप्रहयणधारयणी ु कभरा कभरदर षवहारयणी वाणी षवद्मादानमनी. तुलभ ह्रटद तुलभ भभर त्वां टह प्राणााः शयीये फाहुते तुलभ भा शितत.द्षवसप्त कोटि बुजैर्ध्त खयकयवारे र क फोरे भा तुभी अफरे े फहुफर धारयणीभ ् नभालभ तारयणीभ ् रयऩुदरवारयणीभ ् भातयभ ् ॥ तुलभ षवद्मा तुलभ धभर. हृदमे तुलभ भा बितत.

giver of ease Laughing low and sweet! Mother I kiss thy feet. Glory of moonlight dreams. To thee I call Mother and Lord! Thou who saves. the awe In our hearts that conquers death. Green fields waving Mother of might. Thine the beauty. . thou art law. Thou art wisdom. Mother. thine the charm. I salute thee! Rich with thy hurrying streams. our soul. Speaker sweet and low! Mother. Mother free. Who hath said thou art weak in thy lands When swords flash out in seventy million hands And seventy million voices roar Thy dreadful name from shore to shore? With many strengths who art mighty and stored. Clad in thy blossoming trees. bright with orchard gleams. Over thy branches and lordly streams. Thou art heart. Cool with thy winds of delight. arise and save! To her I cry who ever her foe drove Back from plain and sea And shook herself free. our breath Though art love divine. Every image made divine In our temples is but thine. Thine the strength that nerves the arm. to thee I bow.सुजराां सपराां भातयभ ् ॥ ु श्माभराां सयराां सिस्भताां बषषताभ ् ु ू धयणीां बयणीां भातयभ ् ॥ ENGLISH TRANSLATION Mother.

Pure and perfect without peer. I bow to thee. Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned. And the Muse a hundred-toned. Mother lend thine ear. mother mine! Mother sweet. Rich with thy hurrying streams. Lady and Queen. with jewelled hair And thy glorious smile divine. Bright with thy orchard gleems. With her hands that strike and her swords of sheen. Showering wealth from well-stored hands! Mother. Dark of hue O candid-fair In thy soul. . Mother great and free! Cover page of the book of 1923. Loveliest of all earthly lands.Thou art Durga.

was able to CREATE A LANGUAGE. A LITERATURE AND A NATION".Bankim Chandra Chatterjee. and just because he had no aim but to give out the best that was in him. not on the narrow forehead of a noisy social reformer.Bankim Chandra Chaterjee in the following words: "When posterity comes to crown with her praises for the Makers of India. even as nature does. but on the serene brow of that gracious Bengali Shri. who never clamoured for place or power. but did his work in silence for love of his work.Aurobindo to Shri.First page of Vande Mataram Published in CAWNPORE in 1923 A truly magnificent tribute was paid by Shri. she will place her most splendid laurel not on the sweating temples of a place-hunting politician. .

This is the front cover page of a nationalistic journal called Vijaya which was shifted from Chennai to Pondicherry in 1909. The Cover page of August 1909 issue of VIJAYA from Pondicherry carried the picture of Bharath Mata with the sacred words of Vande Mataram. . This issue of Vijaya has been presented above. S. This cover page appeared in the August 1909 Issue of this Journal. MANDAYAM SRINIVASACHARIAR AND.THIRUMALAIACHARIAR Mandayam Srinivasachariar and his brother S Thirumalachariar were pillars of support toMahakavi Bharathi during his exile in Pondicherry from 1908 to 1918. A Tamil Journalcalled 'Vijaya' was started by S Thirumalachariar on Triplicane High Road Madras in 1907 and later shifted to Pondicherry in 1909.

TEJENDRA KUMAR MITRA to illustrate the lines of Vande Mataram in the Bande Mataram Album published in Cawnpore in 1923. वददे भातयभ ् Bande Mataram Hail Mother.I am presenting below the marvellous paintings done by SHRI. I bow to thee! .

सुजराां . With Sweet Water.Sujalam Nature supplies thee with all thy wants.

Suphalam And with luscious fruits सुपराां .

शस्मश्माभराां भातयभ ् Malayaja Sheetalam Shashya Shyamalam Mataram Thou art soothed by balmy breeze Ever verdant with green herbage भरमजशीतराभ ् .

Shubra-jyostna-pulakita yamineem Thy nights ever resplendent with silver moons शुभ्र ज्मोत्स्ना ऩुरककत मालभनीभ ् .

पल्र कसुलभत द्रभदरशोलबनीभ ् ु ु ु Phulla-Kusumita-drumadala-shobhineem Bedecked thou art in flowery plants .

ever bright सखदाां वयदाां भातयभ ् ु Sumadhur-bhashineem सुभधय बाषषणीभ ् ु .सुहालसनीां Suhasineem Ever cheerful.

Mother. Twice thirty crores of arms to defend thee .Full of promise and of hope. thou bestoweth sweet pleasure and happiness divine सप्तकोटि कण्ठ करकर नननाद कयारे द्षवसप्त कोटि बुजैर्ध्त खयकयवारे र Sapta-koti-Kantta-kalakala-ninada-karale Dwisapta-koti-bhujairdhrit-kharakarabale Thy cause championed thy thirty crores of souls.

क फोरे भा तुभी अफरेक फोरे भा तुभी अफरे े े Ke-bole-ma-tumi-able Bahubala dharineem Who says mother thou art feeble? Thou commandest immense strength फहुफर धारयणीभ ् .

(Hail mother I bow to thee!) .नभालभ तारयणीभ ् Namami tarineem Our salvation lies in thee.

Ripudalavarineem Mataram Thou hast power to ward off foes. Mother I bow to thee रयऩुदरवारयणीभ ् भातयभ ् .

”And Shri.Aurobindo‟s English translation of Vande Mataram triggered off by Bankim Chandra‟s song. „it was Bankim Chandra‟s “Ananda Math” that gave us the reviving mantra of „Vande Mataram‟—a glorious mantra which is creating a new India.Yeats had its beginnings in the Gaelic Revival.श्माभराां सयराां सुिस्भताां बूषषताभ ् धयणीां बयणीां भातयभ ् Shyamalam saralam Susmitam Bhushitam Dharaneem Bharaneem Mataram Ever happy and ever simple Ever bright and ever beautiful Thou our support. Here it is necessary to stress the similarities between the Indian National Movement and the Irish Nationalist Movement. I bow to thee. so wasShri. “Vande Mataramwas composed even before the “Ananda Math” was written.B. To quote the brilliant words of my esteemed friend (late) A. As Shri Aurobindo put it. However. our nourishment.Aurobindo developed this point in his own .Ranganthan. Just as the Irish Nationalist Movementinspired by great poets like W. it became part of the Ananda Math.

just as Bhawani. Shri. Mahisha.Bankim Chandra Chatterjee. I am presenting below a beautiful paintingof BHARATA-MATA done by Shri. This beautiful painting of BHARAT-MATA was inspired by the sublime National Song of Vande Mataram composed by Shri.characteristically eloquent stream: “For what is a nation? What is our mother country? It is not a piece of earth.Abanindranath Tagore‟s famous painting ofBHARAT-MATA was done during the stormy days of the Swadeshi Movement in Bengal in1905 following the Partition of Bengal brought about by Lord Curzon. nor a figure of speech nor a fiction of the mind. Mardini sprang into being from the Shakti of all the millions of Gods assembled in one mass of force and welded into unity. . 1871 . Shri.Abanindranath Tagore believed that Western art was "materialistic" in character. It is a mighty „Shakti‟ composed of all the „Shakties‟ of all the millions of units that make up the nation.Abanindranath Tagore (Bengali: অবণীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর) (August 7. It is a song of struggle for liberty and preservation of our cultural heritage. who was the principal artist of the Bengal school and the first major exponent of swadeshi values in Indian art. and that India needed to return to its own traditions in order to recover spiritual values..For Vande Mataram expresses the aims and power of the Indian Nation as the Marseillaise embodied the ideal of awakened France or as the aspirations of Ireland are expressed in the song of Ethana Carberry.December 5. the then Viceroy of India. 1951). The Shakti we call India. Bhawani-Bharathi is the living unity of the Shakties of 300 million people”….” Vande Mataram is something more than the defense of the Motherland.

Abanindranath Tagore in 1905. Mukul Dey. Rabindranath Tagore Shri. He was popularly known as 'Aban Thakur'. K. Kshitindranath Majumdar. Kalipada Ghoshal.Abanindranath Tagore‟s students included Nandalal Bose. He was nephew of the poet Shri.Abanindranath Tagore was also a noted writer. as it where. she was enraptured by it and went into flights of divine ecstasy. in Indian form. This is the first masterpiece. Sarada Ukil.and Ranada Ukil. Jamini Roy. The curving line of lotuses and the white radiance of the halo are beautiful additions to the Asiatically-conceived figure with its four arms. Abanindranath Tagore: "We have here a picture which bids fair to prove the beginning of a New Age in Indian Art. When Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) happened to see the above painting of BHARAT-MATAdone by Shri.Abanindranath Tagore Shri. the spirit of the Motherland— . the artist has here given expression nevertheless to a purely Indian idea. Surendranath Ganguly. Venkatappa. in which an Indian artist has actually succeeded in disengaging.Paintining of Bharat-Mata by Shri. Asit Kumar Haldar. Using all the added means of expression which the modern period has bestowed upon him. as the symbol of the divine multiplication of power. Samarendranath Gupta. She paid the following tribute to Shri.

is SHE not after all. of “Shanka” bracelet. and HER infinite love. of bare feet. our very own. and close-veiling garment. and open. even as to the RISHIS OF OLD was USHABALA. daughter of the DAWN?” . as SHE appears to the eyes of HER children. as much as the four arms. IN HER Indian girlhood. at once MOTHER and DAUGHTER of the INDIAN LAND. yet eternally virgin. And yet in every detail. Spirit of the Motherland. What he sees in HER is here made clear to all of us. of Clothing and Food.--and portrying HER.The misty lotuses and the white light set HER apart from the common world. heart of our heart.….giver of Faith and Learning. sincere expression. giver of all good.