‘The RSS is not run by ideology. It’s run for political benefit’ Q&A Anand Moonje Former director, Bhonsala Military School Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 12, Dated 24 Mar 2012 Rana Ayyub is Assistant Editor, Mumbai with Tehelka. email@example.com
Anand Moonje, former director of the
in Nashik tells Rana Ayyub that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is talking about
building more military schools only because the Hindutva organisation has now
run out of ideas. EXCERPTS FROM AN INTERVIEW Bhonsala
Recently, at the platinum jubilee celebrations of the
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat spoke about the threat to the country’s internal
security and about the need for starting more such military schools. Do you
agree? Bhonsala Military School
Can you ask Mohan Bhagwat if ideology and the idea of
him? I was a part of the Sangh Parivar, was in jail during the Emergency, and was
part of the Kar Seva in 1990. I was a core RSS man, still am where ideology is
concerned. But the Sangh has forgotten its ideology. My grandfather Dr BS
Moonje and my maternal grandfather Dr Paranjpe, founders of the Sangh, mentored
KB Hedgewar. In 1947-48, while BR Ambedkar was negotiating for the Dalits and
Jinnah for the Muslims, as president of the Hindu Mahasabha, my grandfather was
negotiating for the cause of Hindus, but the Sangh is now marketing Hindutva
for electoral gains. India
So, is Bhagwat being hypocritical when he says that the
should be an inspiration? Bhonsala Military School
Dr Moonje did not want the RSS to be what it is today. The RSS today is not run by ideology. It is run for political benefit. Do you know why they lost the Uttar Pradesh elections? Because the people in the state were with the BJP for Hindutva and the RSS has commercialised Hindutva. They promise Ram temple and put corrupt people in the state who have nothing to do with ideology. The purpose is not ideology, but to make money. When they have dissociated from Hedgewar, MS Golwalkar and Moonje, how long do you think they will take to dissociate themselves from Ram?
But why have you never spoken out against all this?
They have maligned my image, but I am still affiliated to the Sangh. I have my grandfather’s legacy. I was appalled, which is why I am speaking now. I wrote to Mohan Bhagwat and senior RSS members that his statues are in a dismal state in
Delhi and , but they did not bother. Hedgewarji’s biography was published during
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s regime. The book said that Dr Moonje was responsible for
the rift in the Hindu Mahasabha and today the same people go to the Nagpur
and try to capitalise on the goodwill that he had built. How low can they stoop? Bhonsala Military School
I repeat my regret that I am compelled to disappoint you. Yours sincerely, Aurobindo Ghose. To Balkrishna Shivaram Moonje. .
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