(This is a reprint from NewsBred).
Yogendra Yadav has the cultivated voice of an actor who is
dressed up in a kurta-pyjama, made
distinctive by his non-use of politicians' whites. He was part of the troika
with Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal before the once-mufflerman got rid of
them. He has since formed Swaraj
I do find him sometimes on The Wire and the Firstpost, slightly amused when he sings paeans in praise of Jignesh Mewani; and definitely irked when he distorts history to run down Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as he did in his edit-piece in the Hindu on Wednesday.
Yadav must be reading from the dubious books of Romila
Thapar and Irfan Habib to suggest that since its inception in 1925, RSS has
never been part of a national movement. Which national movement sir, the one
where we didn't seek complete independence from British but only sought
dominion status? (Truth to tell,
If Yadav remembers the year of RSS formation, he also ought to have told his readers that it came in the backdrop of Khilafat movement (1921-24) where Muslim leadership was appeased to the extent that Moplah rebellion occurred which butchered thousands of Hindus.
The slaughters were so macabre that this is what Madras High Court noted after the event: "... (these) murderous attack indicate something more than mere fanaticism... the only survivors were those who either got away or were left as dead."
Yadav then does the cheap act of lampooning Veer Savarkar
for seeking mercy from the British in the Cellular Jail of Andaman and
As for his mercy petitions, it is known to everyone but the fake history peddlers that Savarkar's clemency pleas were a tactical ploy like Shivaji's letter to Aurangzeb during his arrest in Agra as he didn't want his life's mission to end behind bars.
Yadav would like us to believe that Savarkar went quiet and obeyed British after he was released. In fact Savarkar spent 27 years in jail and under prison-restricts terms between 1910-1937. He helped found the Ratnagiri Hindu Sabha and worked ceaselessly against caste discrimination and untouchability in the years that Yadav terms as "quiet."
Yadav has a problem with Savarkar and his Hidutva philosophy
but wouldn't tell readers that one of
Yadav then tars Shyama Prasad Mookerjee for "collaborating"
with Britsh during 1942 Quit India stir which he terms as the "biggest
anti-colonial uprising." A view has lately gained ground that "Quit
India" was as phoney as "non-cooperation" and "civil-disobedience"
movement, meant only to vent out the frustration of Indians. Quit
As for RSS playing no role in 1942 Quit India movement, let Aruna Asaf Ali's words debunk Yadav's claim. Aruna Asaf Ali had revealed that RSS Delhi sangachalak Lala Hansraj Gupta had given her shelter in his own house during the 1942 Quit India. Prominent Congressmen like Achutrao Patwardhan, despite being a strong critic of RSS, and others were kept safe in swayamsewaks' homes. Be it food, safety or in illness, RSS stood like a wall in safeguarding Congress leaders.
Yadav has no qualms in besmirching the reputation of
Mookerjee, who saved Hindus by championing the cause of Bengal partition after
the Muslim League government of
Yadav then trains his guns on Nathuram Godse-RSS connection.
He would never tell the readers that Godse left RSS because it considered the
latter to be a "coward."
As per the Justice Jeevanlal Kapur-headed 1969 government-appointed commission
report, not only RSS was not involved in Gandhi's murder but "in
And this man has the gall to call RSS an anti-national. What do you think we should call you Mr Yadav?