I hope you are fine. While talking to two Reuters journalists, Ross Colvin and Sruthi Gottipati, on
July 12, 2013, you identified yourself as a ‘Hindu Nationalist’ and credited the Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for instilling in you, spirit “(to be a) patriot. Whatever work you do,
you think are you doing this for the good of the nation? That’s the basic training. The other basic
training is discipline. Your life should be disciplined.”1
The news agency declared that it was a ‘rare interview’ of yours taken at your official Gandhinagar
residence. It shocked me immensely as you were not talking as an ordinary Indian citizen but as the
chief minister of Gujarat, a constitutional position under the democratic-secular constitution of
India. I am taking the liberty of writing this letter to you in the hope that you, who claim to be
believer in transparency, will respond to the issues I raise.
As a seasoned RSS pracharak or whole-timer you know about your roots better than me. Still I
would like to draw your attention to the fact that the term ‘Hindu Nationalist’ originated in a
specific historical context during India’s Freedom Struggle against the British colonial masters.
This Freedom Struggle was mainly led by the Congress, which stood for an all-inclusive
democratic-secular free India. The ‘Muslim Nationalists’, under the banner of the Muslim League,
and the ‘Hindu Nationalists’, under the banners of the Hindu Mahasabha and the RSS, opposed it,
claiming that Hindus and Muslims were two different nations. These Hindu and Muslim
‘Nationalists’ joined hands with the colonial masters in order to thwart the Freedom Struggle so that
they could have theocratic states of their choice, ‘Hindusthan’ or Hindu Rashtra and Pakistan or
Islamic state respectively.
The politics of the Muslim League and its role in dividing India are well known but I need to
refresh your memory about the nefarious role that ‘Hindu Nationalists’ played in India before and
after Independence. I am relying exclusively on documents of the RSS and the Hindu
Mahasabha in order to put across reality.‘Hindu Nationalists’ believe in the two-nation theory like the Muslim League Narendra ji! I would like to draw your attention to the fact that both the originator of Hindutva,
V.D. Savarkar and RSS, had unequivocal faith in the two-nation theory: that Hindus and Muslims
are two different nations. While the Muslim League under the leadership of Mohammed Ali Jinnah
resolved to have a separate homeland for Muslims of India in the form of Pakistan in 1940….
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