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BJP, please don’t take Sardar Patel’s name! He detested your founding organsation: Hindu Mahasabha.

I'm a great fan of Sardar Patel. After Rajaji. In my list of great Indians (see this), I rank Rajaji at the No.1 position, and Sardar Patel at No.2. Also this: I'm no Ron Paul. If anything, I'm Sardar Patel.

Therefore I'm disturbed by this newsreport of BJP trying to latch on to Sardar Patel's legacy.

I have no problem in Modi following in Sardar Patel's footsteps (without spending tax payers' funds on this task). But he must broaden his constituency to include every Indian (including Muslims). He can do this by resigning from BJP which is an extremist Hindutva organisation rooted in the work of Hindu Mahasabha.

BJP is the child of Hindu Mahasabha and Nehruvian Fabian Socialism. It represents the worst of everything that India has ever produced.

Today, BJP is ENTIRELY operated by RSS and VHP:  organisations which have a very problematic history of raking up events that happend hundreds of years ago, and using these events to destroy peace and harmony in today's India. To the extent RSS does social work, I'm fine with it. But there is an underbelly of VJP/RSS/BJP which is dangerous to India's growth and success. In addition, BJP is almost as corrupt as Congress. I can't really distinguish between the two.

I am willing to give Modi the benefit of doubt, but BJP cannot be given such benefit of doubt, for there is no doubt that BJP is BAD for India. As bad as the Congress.

India must offer a strong opposition to BJP. Since Congress is India's ARCH enemy, the solution is to create a movement/ political force that will destroy Congress even as it holds extremist elements in BJP in check. 

That's why India needs Swarna Bharat Party.


Here is what Sardar Patel thought of the RSS. In his letter of July 18, 1948 to Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee after Mahatma Gandhi’s murder, Sardar wrote:

as[a] result of the activities of these two bodies[the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha], particularly the former, an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible. There is no doubt in my mind the extreme section of the Hindu Mahasbha was involved in this conspiracy. The activities of the RSS constituted a clear threat to the existence of the Government and the State.“(Sardar Patel’s correspondence; Vol. VI, p. 323, Navjivan-1973)

In his letter of 11 September 1948 to Sarsangh Chalak of the RSS, Sardar Patel wrote: “The speeches of the Sangh leaders are poisonous. It is as a result of this venom that Mahatma Gandhi has been assassinated. The followers of the Sangh have celebrated Gandhiji’s assassination by distributing sweets.” (“R.S.S. Kaal, Aaj, Udyaa”, p. 71, RSS-1983)

Going even further, in his response in the Lok Sabha on 2 August 1950 to the Hindu Mahasabha members, after introducing the Defence of India Rules, 1950, Sardar Patel said: “You must remember that when the Father of the Nation was murdered, it was by a group of people who belonged to that organisation [Hindu Mahasabha]. I am ready to prove to anybody that there was a group of people there who were determined to take his life. They were not satisfied even after taking his life. He tells me that the Magistrate did not know who was the Minister to be murdered. He wants to know it. Well, I shall meet this challenge. The Minister meant was the Prime Minister of India.” (The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, p. 664, Penguin Books-2007)


Cut to 1949 and the RSS’s undertaking to Patel to write a constitution, which, among other things, would specify that the Sangh had “no politics” and would remain “devoted purely to cultural work” (Article 4(b) of the RSS constitution; D.R. Goyal, 1979). The written constitution was Patel’s pre-condition for lifting the ban imposed on the RSS in the wake of Mahatma Gandhi’s January 30, 1948 assassination.

Then Sarsanghchalak Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar pleaded not guilty and Patel himself was clear that the RSS was not involved in the assassination. He said this in his February 27, 1948 letter to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and reiterated it later too. However, Patel was strong in the belief that the Sangh’s “violent” ways contributed to the climate in which Gandhiji was killed. Golwalkar’s telegrams to Nehru and Patel expressing shock at the murder did not mitigate the situation. [Source]

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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4 thoughts on “BJP, please don’t take Sardar Patel’s name! He detested your founding organsation: Hindu Mahasabha.
  1. Kishan

    Selectively going into history and objecting to the same(going into history). Crazy, is it not ? Why is history taught? But if it is taught it should be honest and not selective. The history of partition is that of a very violent period of Indian history, of betrayal of India by whole classes of people. To quote it selectively is dishonesty. Many people believe that history ordered to be written by Nehru and the entire elite class who follow Nehru (IAS included) is also dishonesty.


    This is what the Government Communiqué, which banned RSS on 04th February 1948, said:

    “It has been found that in several parts of the country individual members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh have indulged in acts of violence involving arson, robbery, dacoity, and murder and have collected illicit arms and ammunitions. They have been found circulating leaflets exhorting people to resort to terrorist methods, to collect fire arms, to create disaffection against the Government and suborn the Police and the Military.”

    This was five days after Gandhiji’s assassination. Just three weeks before the assassination, on 06th Jan 1948, Sardar Patel issued a statement that was directly contrary to what was mentioned about the Sangh in the ban-communiqué. Targeting his own party men, he said:

    “In the Congress those who are in power feel that by virtue of their authority they will be able to crush the RSS by danda(force)…danda is meant for dacoits and thieves…The RSS men are not thieves and dacoits. They are patriots…only their trend of thought is diverted” (“The Hindu”, Madras dated 7th Jan. 1948.).

    It was clear that of these Congress men “in power”, Nehru was foremost in wanting to use the danda against the RSS. Even just before Gandhiji’s assassination, on 29th Jan at Amritsar, Nehru had vowed to “demolish” the RSS. Gandhiji’s assassination was just an excuse. The charged atmosphere following the assassination strengthened the hands of those who had been against the RSS from much before.

    The recently published compilation of correspondences between Nehru and Patel titled “Nehru-Patel: Agreement within Differences” reveals the serious differences that existed between the two leaders regarding the RSS. Some correspondences also reveal that Patel was miffed with Nehru’s interference with Home Ministry affairs.

    Therefore it is highly likely that the ban was a result of only Nehru’s instigation as Sardar Patel, who said “RSS men are not thieves and dacoits” just weeks before, could not have been party to a communiqué which describes the RSS as exactly that- thieves and dacoits.


    Eminent personalities from various fields began to speak against the ban. Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. Bhagawan Das wrote on 16th October, 1948:

    “I have been reliably informed that a number of youths of the R.S.S… were able to inform Sardar Patel and Nehruji in the very nick of time of the Leaguers’ intended ‘coup’ on September 10, 1947, ….If these…self-sacrificing boys had not given the very timely information ….there would have been no Government of India today, the whole country would have changed its name into Pakistan…what is the net result of all this long story? Simply this-that our Government should utilise, and not sterilise, the patriotic energies of the lakhs of R.S.S. youths.” Another eminent person, T.R. Venkatarama Shastri, former Advocate General of Madras, decided to play a more active part in convincing the Government about the unreasonableness of the ban. He went to Delhi and met Sardar Patel .Finally when it became clear that the Government was not serious on lifting the ban, Shastri decided to write a detailed statement indicting the Government for its duplicity. This statement, which was given to the press on 09th July, was scheduled to be published in “the Hindu” on 13th July. On the night of 12th July, 1949 news flashed on the All India Radio that ban on RSS was lifted.


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