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Letter- Sardar Vallabhai Patel to RSS Chief Guru Golwalkar – 1948 #Godse #mustread

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RSS has never backed Godse: The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh consistently lashes out at some “vested political interests” for taking recourse to lie and calumny to malign “patriotic and nationalist” organisations.” Commenting on an advertisement highlighting a quote allegedly of RSS chief Rajendra Singh, general secretary H.V.Seshadri said, “The RSS has never supported the act of Nathuram Godse.” (1999). A similar discourse is audible today.

The fascist agenda of the RSS has always justified the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Enclosed is the entire text of a letter written by none less than Sardar Vallabhai Patel, independent India’s first union home minister commenting on RSS activities following Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. The entire text is invaluable. He says clearly, “The RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death.”

 

Sardar Vallabhai Patel, union home minister, to Guru Golwalkar, RSS chief in a letter written on September 11, 1948. The letter is quoted in full in Desraj Goel’s Rahstriya Swayamsevak Sangh.The entire Text :
Aurangzeb Road,
New Delhi,11th Sept. 1948

Brother Sri Golwalkar,

Received your letter dated 11th August. Jawaharlal has also sent me your letter of the same date.

You are very well aware of my views on the RSS. I have expressed these thoughts at Jaipur in December last month at Lucknow in January. The people had welcomed those views. I had hoped that your people also would accept them. But they appear to have no effect on the RSS persons, nor was there any change in their programmes. There can be no doubt that the RSS did service to the Hindu Society. In the areas where there was the need for help and organisation, the young men of the RSS protected women and children and strove much for their sake. No person of understanding could have a word of objection regarding that. But the objectionable part arose when they, burning with revenge, began attacking Mussalmans. Organising Hindus and helping them is one thing but going in for revenge for its sufferings on innocent and helpless men, women and children is quite another thing.

Apart from this, their opposition to the Congress, that too of such virulence, disregarding all considerations of personality, decency or decorum, created a kind of unrest among the people. All their speeches were full communal poison. It was not necessary to spread poison and enthuse the Hindus and organise for their protection. As a final result of the poison, the country had to suffer the sacrifice of the valuable life of Gandhiji. Even an iota of sympathy of the Government or of the people no more remained for the RSS. In fact the opposition grew. Opposition turned more severe, when the RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death. Under these conditions it became inevitable for the Government to take action against the RSS.

Since then, over six months have elapsed. We have hoped that after this lapse of time,  with full and proper consideration the RSS persons would come to the right path. But from the reports that come to me, it is evident that attempts to put fresh life into their same old activities are afoot. I once again ask you to give your thought to my Jaipur and Lucknow speeches and accept the path I had indicated for the RSS. I am quite certain that therein lies the good of the RSS and the country and moving in that path we can join hands in achieving the welfare of our country. Of course, you are aware that we are passing through delicate times. It is the duty of every one from the highest to the lowliest in this country to contribute his mite, in whatever way possible, to the service of the country. In this delicate hour there is no place for party conflicts and old quarrels. I thoroughly convinced that the RSS men can carry on their patriotic endeavor only by joining the Congress and not by keeping separate or by opposing. I am glad that you have been released. I hope that you will arrive at the proper decision after due consideration of what I have said above. With regard to restrictions imposed upon you I am in correspondence with the CP Government. I shall let you know after receiving their reply.

                                                               Yours

SD.) VALLABH BHAI PATEL

                                                                      (Rendered from the original in Hindi)*

Justice on Trial: Historic Document of Guruji-Government Correspondence, pp. 26-8;

N.B. This letter also, incidentally, clarifies the misunderstanding created that the Sardar had invited them to join the Congress; the invitation is for rethinking and change of heart and then giving it a concrete shape by merger into the Congress. The same thing JP tried to accomplish later and failed.

Another quote from Sardar Patel:

“As regards the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha… our reports do confirm that, as a result of the activities of these two bodies, particularly the former (RSS) an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible.”

Sardar Vallabhai Patel, union home minister to Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who later founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, in a letter  on July 18, 1948. Sardar Patel Correspondence, Volume 6, edited by Durga Das.

 

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Comments (9)

  1. This letter is showing that Patel is in a helpless situation where he can’t help his brothers in RSS by avoiding CON! And it is this lenience from starting and the Idea of RSS helping out Hindu Samaj never made CON to ban RSS under Modi’s famous “Under Veil of Secularism” since No wonder that Patel is a Hero for Modi since Patel led the massacre of 40K Muslims in erst while hyderabad state merger while deceiving the UN & rest of the world by giving alias Police Action to Operation Polo and leaving RSS on free hand to kill & loot innocents #SVPatelisashame

    • khalid

      Mr mohammed, there are lot of hindus who got killed in pakistan. Then why do u stand one side? What is your openions about apostates getting killed in muslim nations. Rss is bad. But muslims are more bad.

  2. Sushan

    Mr. Mohammad I think u r knowledge of History is very small, as It was Nizam and Razakars who had went on Rampage by attacking Indian Territory…. Patel Ji did what anyother minister would have done…. So stop blaming people on name of relegion its because of u people that we still fight in name of religion.

  3. kishor lambat

    See bjp can’t do good for Hindu. No good support from Hindu also. Congress is having support from all over India and most Ali from Hindu and then others. If Hindu sanghatna gives full support to congress as per Sardar Patel Advice to Ross in letter then only Hindu will be pleased. CCommon sense

  4. Madhavan Kutty

    Dear Mr. Mohammed,

    I feel very sorry about your kind of thinking. In fact people like you are encouraging organisation like R S S .Please understand that Sardar Patel never supported RSS.He always blamed RSS for the ruthless killing of Mahathma.In fact he requested them to correct them self and come to the main stream of Indian nationality. If people misrepresent the things it will help only the enemies.According to the case of HYDERABAD, he performed his duty as a defense minister of any other nation. He got delayed by 48 hours in the case of Kashmir. So we are unable to correct it even after 48 years. Fortunately the same thing didnt happen in the case of Hyderabad due to his timely action.

    • m Hossain

      First Sardar Patel was Home Minster not Defence Minster.Kasmir was a Muslim majority state with a Hindu King and has a border with a neighboring state .Hyderabad was a Hindu majority state with a Muslim rulers.Both the rulers toyed with the idea of remaining independent or to merge with the co religionist majority nations with some safeguard.To take action regarding Hyderabad was easy but with Kashmir it was difficult due to demography and border with neighbouring state with interest in Kashmir.If one really be neutral Nehrus role as Foreign minster in fact facilitated many princely state integration.But alas no body bother about that.Nehru was ahead of time and multi tasker.He wanted nations to integrate and he did it.Sardar Patel acted as per cabinet decision.Nehru was a big listener and concensus maker.To blame Nehru on kashmir issue is really not fair.Muslim in present day India do not have any organization of their own.So RSS has to create a bogey mostly on false propaganda based.Muslims must not fall on the propaganda.Majority of Hindus and Muslims are peaceful in nature and believe in the concept of co existence and co habitation.RSS want to put Muslims back into mideaval era with the help of Jamaat.Jammat and RSS are twin threat to India and We must not encourage them.Muslims has to behave examplary not to be provoked.But educate and equipped and be a worthy son of India.Jai Hind

      • vin

        Then who is responsible for Baby and Love Jihad. Who is responsible for J&K? Which princely state Nehru made to join India?

        How Nehru was ahead of his time and multi-tasker?

        What do you mean by worthy son of India – partitioning again?

      • Well well.. Agree with you on many points and benefit of doubt regarding nehru point.. But what happened I Congress then.. Taken over by Russia.. What happened to hindu Muslim narrative in the county.. Lost 40 years later here we are.. Wondering about road to future..

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