India needs a ‘shameless’ idol for its new idol: Gandhiji author Anil Dash writes on the ‘shaming’ of the former Prime Minister and founder of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mihir Kant.
The RSS was founded in 1946, and Kant founded it as a “new political party” in 1957, Dash writes.
Its motto is “Bharat Mata ki jai”.
Its founder and first president is Gopal Krishna Menon.
Kant, now 74, was born in Delhi to a poor family.
He was one of three brothers who went to boarding school.
He became a teacher at a local school, and was promoted to principal of the district.
He went on to join the RSS, and it was in the RSS headquarters in Mumbai that he met and befriended its founder, Satyajit Ray.
Kanth was a strong supporter of the then Indian leader Manmohan Singh, and has been described by historians as the most influential political figure in the country’s history.
In his book, Ganesh, which is due to be published next month, Dash says Kant was the “godfather” of the RSS.
The book says Kant has become a “blessed leader” of “an organisation which is a product of the ideology of the Hindu Rashtra”, and that the RSS has “the biggest influence” in the state of Maharashtra.
In India, a country with an estimated 12 million Hindus, many of them Hindus, Kant’s legacy is not forgotten.
He has become the patron of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra and the Indian National Congress (INC) in Gujarat.
Dash, who was born and educated in Maharashtra, has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Guwahati.
He is the author of a book, A Nation’s Strength, about the Hindu and Muslim experience in the early 19th century.
He says he has always been interested in politics.
The RSS, which has a membership of about 40 million, was founded by the RSS chief, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in the late 19th Century.
According to Dash, it was founded to “protect Hindu culture from secularism and liberalism”.
He says Kant’s influence on the RSS goes beyond the politics of the group, though.
He said that Kant’s “unshakable convictions on the fundamental value of Hinduism and the rights of the individual have shaped the ideology that now rules the RSS”.
Dash says that Kant was not just a “saviour of the country”, but also a “man of faith” who had “a profound impact on the lives of Hindus”.
In his new book, Kanu Ganga – The Legend of Mihira Kanu (a.k.a Kanu Das), he writes about the importance of Kant’s ideas and how they influenced the RSS in India.
Dash says that “in the early 1920s, Kant wrote about the rise of the British Empire and how it was a ‘glorious development’ and that India’s history could be “re-written and made more beautiful”.
The author writes: “In a few short years, the British were given the land and the power to destroy the Hindus and their culture.”
Dash also writes that Kant is “the founder of an organisation which has created a ‘new political movement’ in the 21st century”.
In his book that the BJP launched in Maharashtra on Monday, Dash said, “Mihir, the leader of the BJP in the State, was not only the father of the organisation, but also the first Prime Minister of India.
It was his vision that inspired and led the entire RSS”.