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India: Orphaning of Swami Aseemanand and Nathuram Godse – Typical Tales of Disownment by RSS

by Pratik Sinha, 10 February 2014

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Narendra Modi With Swami Aseemanand

Narendra Modi With Swami Aseemanand

A hallmark of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) is how swiftly they disown their brethren when they are caught red-handed in acts of terror – whether it’d be the cold-blooded killing of Gandhiji or the Samjhauta Express bombings. LK Advani while disowning Nathuram Godse had stated that Godse had “severed links with RSS in 1933… had begun to bitterly criticise the RSS”. Advani’s assertion was flatly contradicted by none other than Nathuram Godse’s brother Gopal, who was also an accused at the trial for conspiracy to murder. Speaking in New Delhi (The Statesman; December 24, 1993), in December 1993, on the occasion of release of his book “Why I Assassinated Mahatma Gandhi”, Godse criticized Advani while stating:

“I have countered him [Advani], saying it is cowardice to say that. You can say that RSS did not pass a resolution, saying, ‘go and assassinate Gandhi’. But you do not disown him [Nathuram]. The Hindu Mahasabha did not disown him. In 1994, Nathuram started doing Hindu Mahasabha work when he had been a baudhik karyavah in the RSS.

In an interview to Frontline magazine on January 28, 1994, when asked he if had been a part of RSS, he had stated:

All the brothers were in the RSS. Nathuram, Dattatreya, myself and Govind. You can say we grew up in the RSS rather than in our homes. It was like a family to us.

All attempts by RSS to disown one of their own has backfired at them. In fact, even today, office bearers of BJP openly show their love for Nathuram Godse.

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Swami Aseemanand, who was arrested for multiple terror attacks of Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid, 2006 Malegaon blasts and 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings, is well known to be a top leader of the RSS’s tribal affairs wing and was based for years in the Dangs in Gujarat and focused on making advisasis convert to Hinduism instead of Christianity. However when his links with multiple terror attacks came out in the public domain, he was instantly disowned by RSS. In a press release published on SanghParivar.org website, Manmohan Vaidya Stated that “Aseemanda has never held any post in the RSS”.

RSS Disowns Aseemanand But Fellow Sanghi Objects

RSS Disowns Aseemanand But Fellow Sanghi Objects

However, a contemporaneous comment (as seen in the image above) by a Kolkata based RSS Supporter Suraj Prasad (surajcap) completely contradicts the press release. Suraj Prasad (surajcap), who is also a regular blogger on the SanghParivar website, echoes similar sentiments as Gopal Godse did for Nathuram Godse’s disownment by RSS:

Swami Aseemananda (earlier Naba Kumar Sarkar) or Naba Da of Hooghly, Bengal was a long time Pracharak of RSS and we Bengalis associated with Sangh Parivar all know him well, so please don’t disown him.

With the latest revelations by Caravan Magazine, about Aseemanand getting RSS Supremo Mohan Bhagwat’s approval for the blasts, RSS’s hand in terror acts across India is as clear as daylight.

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