By Aditya Mukherjee

RSS, college Texts and the homicide of Mahatma Gandhi undertakes the radical scan of juxtaposing 3 it sounds as if relatively various concerns, the character of the RSS university textbooks, the homicide of the Mahatma and the fundamental ideology of Savarkar and Golwalkar. whereas deeply delving into all 3 features, it brings out the deep connection among them.

The booklet, which brings out the fundamental ideological underpinnings of the Hindu Communal venture, is split into 3 components. half I discusses how this ideology is propagated between younger impressionable minds via tuition textbooks. half II reviews the position of the Sangh mix within the homicide of Mahatma Gandhi and half III analyses the fundamental components of the Hindu communal ideology, as propounded via a few of its founders like Savarkar and Golwalkar.

The publication brings domestic to us in a dramatic demeanour the good chance communalism poses to our society, hence making it a must-read for the final trained reader, together with politicians, political employees, social activists and journalists.

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92. Kapur Commission Report, p. 68. , 66–67. 8 9 Ú 51 Ú RSS, School Texts and the Murder of Mahatma Gandhi inspiring genius and mastermind behind the conspiracy to murder Gandhiji. What about Godse’s links with the RSS? The RSS has insisted that he was not associated with them. Advani said: ‘Nathuram Godse was a bitter critic of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. His charge was that the RSS had made Hindus impotent. We have had nothing to do with Godse. 11 His brother and fellow conspirator, Gopal Godse, countered Advani’s assertion vehemently and insisted that Nathuram had never left the RSS but had said so in his statement at the trial in order to shield Golwalkar and the RSS:12 Q.

7 While the RSS/Hindu communal effort to spread a communal interpretation of history has been around for many years, the new and more dangerous trend, after the BJP came to power at the Centre, was the attempt to use government institutions and state power to attack scientific and secular history and historians, and promote an obscurantist, backward looking, communal historiography through state sponsored institutions at the national level. The last time the RSS came close to power at the centre was when the Jan Sangh had merged with the Janata Party and the Janata Party came to power in1977.

Inamdar, The Story of the Red Fort Trial, Popular Prakashan, Bombay, 1979, pp. 141–43 cited in Noorani 2002, pp. 107–8. 22 23 Ú 56 Ú The Long Shadow of Gandhiji’s Assassination During the whole of the trial, I never saw Savarkar turning his head towards even Nathuram, who used to sit by him, in fact, next to him, much less speak with him…. … During the various talks I had with Nathuram he told me that he was deeply hurt by this—Tatyarao’s [Savarkar’s] calculated demonstrative non-association with him either in court or in Red Fort Jail during all the days of the Red Fort Trial.

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