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Dadri lynching: RSS "distances" itself from Panchajanya, Organiser, says they are not its mouthpiece

By Our Representative
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in a surprise move, has "distanced" itself from its own mouthpieces -- "Panchajanya" in Hindi, and "Organiser" in English. It has fielded RSS'all-India propaganda chief (prachar pramukh) Dr Manmohan Vaidya to tweet through RSS (@RSSorg) that they "are not mouthpiece of RSS", adding, "An official office bearer only speaks on behalf of RSS".
The statement has been made close on the heels of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) mouthpiece, "Panchajanya", seeking to justify the killing of Mohammad Akhlaq in Greater Noida's Dadri area over rumours that he had eaten and stored beef in his house.
Justifying the Dadri killing, the weekly quotes the Vedas as having ordered the killing of "sinners" who slaughter cows. Interestingly, the article has been carried as the cover story of the "Panchajanya".
The weekly also accuses the "the Muslim leadership" and "madrasas" for teaching the community to "hate" the Indian traditions, even as criticizing the writers who have returned their awards, mostly Sahitya Akademi, in the wake of the Dadri incident.
"Akhlaq perhaps slaughtered a cow under the influence of such bad deeds," the Panchjanya article 'Is Utpat ke Us Paar' (The other side of this Disturbance) by Tufail Chaturvedi says.
The 52-year-old Akhlaq was beaten to death in Bisara village near Dadri, in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Budh Nagar on the night of September 28, while his 22-year-old son Danish was injured seriously in the mob attack. It later emerged that the meat over which the man was lynched was not of any beef.
Against this backdrop, @RSSorg further tweeted, qouting Dr Vaidya to say, "RSS has clearly stated about Dadri violence that a thorough inquiry should be conducted and the guilty should be punished with." This is the first time the RSS came up wish such tweets.
@RSSorg also tweeted, "The report that RSS supports Dadri incident is blatantly false and baseless. RSS never supported any incident of violence: Dr Vaidya."
The RSS sought to "distance" itself from "Panchajanya" soon after BJP chief Amit Shah summoned a few prominent BJP leaders who have been defending Dadri lynching -- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, party MP Sakshi Maharaj and MLA from Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Som.
Shah, it is said, summoned them because Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "upset" that their statements were being counterproductive in Bihar. Already, Modi has cancelled few of his election programmes, while deciding not to project himself in the elections. His and Amit Shah's posters have suddenly been removed.
Meanwhile, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has taken strong exception to the "Panchajanya" article, saying: "Will Panchajanya enlighten me? 'Panchajanya' journal stated that the Vedas said that killers of cows should be killed. But where exactly is this stated in the Vedas? Is it in the Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, or Atharveda (the four samhitas)?"
He further goes on: "In which chapter (mandal) and which richa? Or is it in the Brahmana texts which relate to the rituals (the yagyas)? The Aitareya Brahman, Shatapath Brahman, Taitareya Brahman or Gopath Brahman?"
Katju concludes, "In fact it is not stated anywhere. I have read the Vedas many times and do not find it anywhere. Will 'Panchajanya' enlighten me?"

Comments

Anonymous said…
Oh god, these views appear to be more dangerous than many anti semitic views of late shri Adolf Hitler Maharaj!his political progeny seem to have gone berserk with views that appear to be lunatic, but are not such. They seem to be hydra headed neo Indian fascism seeking to provoke terrorism among the so far peaceful, basically law abiding Muslims living in harmony with us Hindu breathren! Call a dog mad, and kill it were the earlier tactics. Now call
Anyone you do not like as having slaughtered
a cow and slaughter him or them.
There is no way the rural population is going to be able to keep all the cows alive feeding them. And cows are not allowed to be abandoned to roam free and destroy crops under law. So fascists are going to kill their political opponents even among Hindus selectively, as cows will be put to death due to economic reasons by even fascists! But they will sieze political opponents and kill them. We will see it soon! Hey Ram! Hey Ram! What gandhi said, dying!
Anonymous said…
Having read Vedas, I agree with Justice Katju's well informed comments. Hinduism is a Religion in perpetual transition. Unlike the Abrahamic religions, it is not fixated on one book (e.g. Bible, Quran) or a Prophet, but is evolutionary in nature. That perhaps is our greatest STRENGTH!
Reading the Vedic Samhitas and then the Dharma Shastras, one can see a great social transformation. We gradually changed from our meat eating past during early vedic period to vegetarianism by the dawn of the common era. It was apparently consistent with movement of our folks from barren lands of the North West to the fertile Indo Gangetic plains where agricultural produce was plentiful. We were perhaps the first ones to adopt to "vegetarianism" voluntarily ahead of many others.
But we have no right to impose our dietary choices on others. A lot of Hindus still eat meat. Restricting others not to eat the food of their choice is like Islamists banning eating of pork by non-muslims. People like Sri Chaturvedi will like us to become Islamists in reverse gear! What a shame!

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