I'm a great fan of Sardar Patel. After Rajaji. In my list of great Indians (see this), I rank Rajaji at the No.1 position, and Sardar Patel at No.2. Also this: I'm no Ron Paul. If anything, I'm Sardar Patel.
Therefore I'm disturbed by this newsreport of BJP trying to latch on to Sardar Patel's legacy.
I have no problem in Modi following in Sardar Patel's footsteps (without spending tax payers' funds on this task). But he must broaden his constituency to include every Indian (including Muslims). He can do this by resigning from BJP which is an extremist Hindutva organisation rooted in the work of Hindu Mahasabha.
BJP is the child of Hindu Mahasabha and Nehruvian Fabian Socialism. It represents the worst of everything that India has ever produced.
Today, BJP is ENTIRELY operated by RSS and VHP: organisations which have a very problematic history of raking up events that happend hundreds of years ago, and using these events to destroy peace and harmony in today's India. To the extent RSS does social work, I'm fine with it. But there is an underbelly of VJP/RSS/BJP which is dangerous to India's growth and success. In addition, BJP is almost as corrupt as Congress. I can't really distinguish between the two.
I am willing to give Modi the benefit of doubt, but BJP cannot be given such benefit of doubt, for there is no doubt that BJP is BAD for India. As bad as the Congress.
India must offer a strong opposition to BJP. Since Congress is India's ARCH enemy, the solution is to create a movement/ political force that will destroy Congress even as it holds extremist elements in BJP in check.
That's why India needs Swarna Bharat Party.
==EXTRACTS FROM THE TEHELKA ARTICLE CITED ABOVE==
Here is what Sardar Patel thought of the RSS. In his letter of July 18, 1948 to Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee after Mahatma Gandhi’s murder, Sardar wrote:
“… as[a] result of the activities of these two bodies[the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha], particularly the former, an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible. There is no doubt in my mind the extreme section of the Hindu Mahasbha was involved in this conspiracy. The activities of the RSS constituted a clear threat to the existence of the Government and the State.“(Sardar Patel’s correspondence; Vol. VI, p. 323, Navjivan-1973)
In his letter of 11 September 1948 to Sarsangh Chalak of the RSS, Sardar Patel wrote: “The speeches of the Sangh leaders are poisonous. It is as a result of this venom that Mahatma Gandhi has been assassinated. The followers of the Sangh have celebrated Gandhiji’s assassination by distributing sweets.” (“R.S.S. Kaal, Aaj, Udyaa”, p. 71, RSS-1983)
Going even further, in his response in the Lok Sabha on 2 August 1950 to the Hindu Mahasabha members, after introducing the Defence of India Rules, 1950, Sardar Patel said: “You must remember that when the Father of the Nation was murdered, it was by a group of people who belonged to that organisation [Hindu Mahasabha]. I am ready to prove to anybody that there was a group of people there who were determined to take his life. They were not satisfied even after taking his life. He tells me that the Magistrate did not know who was the Minister to be murdered. He wants to know it. Well, I shall meet this challenge. The Minister meant was the Prime Minister of India.” (The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, p. 664, Penguin Books-2007)
Cut to 1949 and the RSS’s undertaking to Patel to write a constitution, which, among other things, would specify that the Sangh had “no politics” and would remain “devoted purely to cultural work” (Article 4(b) of the RSS constitution; D.R. Goyal, 1979). The written constitution was Patel’s pre-condition for lifting the ban imposed on the RSS in the wake of Mahatma Gandhi’s January 30, 1948 assassination.
Then Sarsanghchalak Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar pleaded not guilty and Patel himself was clear that the RSS was not involved in the assassination. He said this in his February 27, 1948 letter to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and reiterated it later too. However, Patel was strong in the belief that the Sangh’s “violent” ways contributed to the climate in which Gandhiji was killed. Golwalkar’s telegrams to Nehru and Patel expressing shock at the murder did not mitigate the situation. [Source]
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