Why a Hindutva-vadi should not be the Prime Minister of India

An open letter to RSS Sarsanghchalak, Shri Mohan Bhagwat

By Shamsul Islam

Shri Mohan Bhagwat ji,
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak,


I was not surprised to read your comments in newspapers that it was not necessary to be a secular person to occupy the office of Prime Minister in a Democratic-Secular India. As per the press reports you wondered why a Hindutva-vadi could not become PM of India. I am sure you understand better than me that being a Hindutva-vadi is not the same as professing Hindu religion. Our national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhashchander Bose, Rammanohar Lohia, Rajguru, Sukhdev and many-many more were Hindu by faith but not Hindutva-vadi. In fact, Mahatma Gandhi, a great practitioner of Hind religion, was brutally assassinated for not being a Hindutva-vadi by a gang having allegiance to Hindu Mahasabha and RSS.

Surely, by Hindutva-vadi you mean a believer in Hindutva, a kind of political Hinduism, outlined by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar ji in his book Hindutva and later developed by RSS ideologues like M. S. Golwalkar. You will agree with me that RSS, under your command currently, has been a prominent flag-bearer of Hindutva since its inception in 1925.

I feel before arriving at the conclusion that there is no harm in allowing person/s who believes in Hindutva to become PM of India we will have to understand what Hindutva is. You will agree with me that we need to understand whether Hindutva is compatible with principles of Democracy, Justice, Egalitarianism & Secularism. In this connection, please, allow me to scrutinize some of the original documents and sources which legitimately belong to the RSS or its brother organizations like Hindu Mahasabha. If you find that I am dishonest in referring to these or misrepresenting facts, you will be at liberty to initiate defamation process against me.

RSS and its affiliates openly give weapons training and able to get away with it.


Bhagwat ji! I would like to refresh your memory that both the originator of Hindutva, V. D. Savarkar ji and its flag-bearer, RSS earlier and under your command too had and have unequivocal faith in the Two-nation theory; that Hindus and Muslims are two different nations. While Muslim League under the leadership of Mohammed Ali Jinnah resolved to have a separate homeland for Muslims of India in the form of Pakistan in 1940, Savarkar propagated as early as 1937 that Hindus and Muslims were two different nations. While delivering presidential address to the 19th Hindu Mahasabha session at Ahmedabad Savarkar ji unequivocally declared,

“As it is, there are two antagonistic nations living side by side in India, several infantile politicians commit the serious mistake in supposing that India is already welded into a harmonious nation, or that it could be welded thus for the mere wish to do so. These were well meaning but unthinking friends take their dreams for realities. That is why they are impatient of communal tangles and attribute them to communal organizations. But the solid fact is that the so-called communal questions are but a legacy handed down to us by centuries of cultural, religious and national antagonism between the Hindus and Moslems...Let us bravely face unpleasant facts as they are. India cannot be assumed today to be a unitarian and homogenous nation, but on the contrary there are two nations in the main: the Hindus and the Moslems, in India.”

Sir! Has it not been the cardinal principle of your organization also? The RSS following into the foot-steps of Savarkar ji, always rejected the idea that Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians together constituted a nation. Your English organ, Organizer, on the very eve of Independence, (August 14, 1947) editorially (titled Whither) underlined its belief in Two-Nation theory once again in the following words:

“Let us no longer allow ourselves to be influenced by false notions of nationhood. Much of the mental confusion and the present and future troubles can be removed by the ready recognition of the simple fact that in Hindusthan only the Hindus form the nation and the national structure must be built on that safe and sound foundation…the nation itself must be built up of Hindus, on Hindu traditions, culture, ideas
and aspirations.”

Bhagwat ji! Please, help our country to understand how the believers in Hindutva are different from pre-partition Muslim Leaguers who once played prominent role in dismembering India.


RSS workers putting an Indian flag on a masjid in Akhnoor, Jammu in 2008. No Indian flag on RSS headquarters though.

Sir, it may not be out of context to know your attitude towards National Flag which represents a Democratic-Secular India. It is important to know it from the head of organizations which swears by Hindutva. I would like to draw your attention to the following statement which appeared in the English organ Organizer, again on the eve of Independence:

“The people who have come to power by the kick of fate may give in our hands the Tricolour but it never [sic] be respected and owned by Hindus. The word three is in itself an evil, and a flag having three colours will certainly produce a very bad psychological effect and is injurious to a country.”

Can those who denigrate the National Flag in such foul language be allowed to rule this country?

Sarsanghchalak ji! Lay persons like me need to know from practitioners of Hindutva like you what you think of Democracy. I would like to draw your attention to a statement made by second Sarsanghchalak of the RSS and its most prominent ideologue till date, M. S. Golwalkar. As per the RSS archives Golwalkar ji while addressing a group of 1350 top level cadres of the RSS in 1940 declared:

“RSS inspired by one flag, one leader and one ideology is lighting the flame of Hindutva in each and every corner of this great land.”

Learned Bhagwat ji! This slogan of one flag, one leader and one ideology was also the battle cry of Fascist and Nazi parties of Europe in the first half of 20th century. What they did to democracy is well-known to this world. Can those who believe in such totalitarian designs be allowed to rule our country?


Sarsanghchalak ji! You will agree with me that RSS and its brother organizations who want to have a Hindutva rule in India hated the Constitution of India which was drafted under the guidance of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. When the Constituent Assembly of India had finalized the Constitution of India RSS was not happy. Its organ, Organizer in an editorial on November 30, 1949, complained:

“But in our constitution there is no mention of the unique constitutional development in ancient Bharat. Manu’s Laws were written long before Lycurgus of Sparta or Solon of Persia. To this day his laws as enunciated in the Manusmriti excite the admiration of the world and elicit spontaneous obedience and conformity. But to our constitutional pundits that means nothing.”

Bhagwat ji! It may not be a secret to you that Savarkar ji remained a great protagonist of Casteism and worshipper of Manusmriti throughout his life. The institutions of Casteism and Untouchability were the outcome of Manu’s thought about which Savarkar said the following:

“Manusmriti is that scripture which is most worshipable after Vedas for our Hindu Nation and which from ancient times has become the basis of our culture-customs, thought and practice. This book for centuries has codified the spiritual and divine march of our nation. Even today the rules which are followed by crores of Hindus in their lives and practice are based on Manusmriti. Today Manusmriti is Hindu Law.”

Sir! What kind of civilization the RSS under your command and under Hindutva ideology wants to build by enforcing the laws of Manu, can be known by having a glimpse of the laws prescribed by Manu for the Dalits/Untouchables and women. Some of these dehumanizing and degenerate laws, which are presented here, are self-explanatory.

Weapon-distribution program of Vishwa Hindu Parishad


(1) For the sake of the prosperity of the worlds (the divine one) caused the Brahmana, the Kshatriya, the Vaisya, and the Sudra to proceed from his mouth, his arm, his thighs and his feet.
(2) One occupation only the lord prescribed to the Sudras, to serve meekly even these (other) three castes.
(3) Once-born man (a Sudra), who insults a twice-born man with gross invective, shall have his tongue cut out; for he is of low origin.
(4) If he mentions the names and castes (gati) of the (twice-born) with contumely, an iron nail, ten fingers long, shall be thrust red-hot into his mouth.
(5) If he arrogantly teaches Brahmanas their duty, the king shall cause hot oil to be poured into his mouth and into his ears.
(6) With whatever limb a man of a low caste does hurt to (a man of the three) highest (castes), even that limb shall be cut off; that is the teaching of Manu.
(7) He who raises his hand or a stick, shall have his hand cut off; he who in anger kicks with his foot, shall have his foot cut off.
(8) A low-caste man who tries to place himself on the same seat with a man of a high caste, shall be branded on his hip and be banished, or (the king) shall cause his buttock to be gashed.
(9) Let him never slay a Brahmana, though he have committed all (possible) crimes; let him banish such an (offender), leaving all his property (to him) and (his body) unhurt.


1. Day and night woman must be kept in dependence by the males (of) their (families), and, if they attach themselves to sensual enjoyments, they must be kept under one’s control.
2. Her father protects (her) in childhood, her husband protects (her) in youth, and her sons protect (her) in old age; a woman is never fit for independence.
3. Women must particularly be guarded against evil inclinations, however trifling (they may appear); for, if they are not guarded, they will bring sorrow on two families.
4. Considering that the highest duty of all castes, even weak husbands (must) strive to guard their wives.
5. No man can completely guard women by force; but they can be guarded by the employment of the (following) expedients:
6. Let the (husband) employ his (wife) in the collection and expenditure of his wealth, in keeping (everything) clean, in (the fulfillment of) religious duties, in the preparation of his food, and in looking after the household utensils.
7. Women, confined in the house under trustworthy and obedient servants, are not (well) guarded; but those who of their own accord keep guard over themselves, are well guarded.
8. Women do not care for beauty, nor is their attention fixed on age; (thinking), ‘(It is enough that) he is a man,’ they give themselves to the handsome and to the ugly.
9. Through their passion for men, through their mutable temper, through their natural heartlessness, they become disloyal towards their husbands, however carefully they may be guarded in this (world).
10. (When creating them) Manu allotted to women (a love of their) bed, (of their) seat and (of) ornament, impure desires, wrath, dishonesty, malice, and bad conduct.
11. For women no (sacramental) rite (is performed) with sacred texts, thus the law is settled; women (whoare) destitute of strength and destitute of (the knowledge of) Vedic texts, (are as impure as)
falsehood (itself), that is a fixed rule.

I would like to remind you that a copy of Manusmriti was burnt as a protest in the presence of Dr. BR Ambedkar during historic Mahad agitation in December, 1927.

Sir! You will agree with me that Golwalkar ji was the most prominent theorist of the RSS and he like Savarkar ji, believed that Casteism was a natural integral part of Hinduism. In fact, Golwalkar went to the extent of declaring that Casteism was synonymous with the Hindu nation. According to him, the Hindu people are none else but The Virat Purusha, the Almighty manifesting himself […] [according to purusha sukta] sun and moon are his eyes, the stars and the skies are created from his nabhi [navel] and Brahmin is the head, Kshatriya the hands, Vaishya the thighs and Shudra the feet. This means that the people who have this fourfold arrangement, i.e., the Hindu People, is [sic] our God. This supreme vision of Godhead is the very core of our concept of ‘nation’ and has permeated our thinking and given rise to
various unique concepts of our cultural heritage.

Sarsanghchalak ji! The truth is that Hindutva is nothing but an ideology which stands for totalitarianism, Casteism and injustice. I would conclude with the words of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar who said:

“If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt, be the greatest calamity for this country…It is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. On that account it is incompatible with democracy. Hindu
Raj must be prevented at any cost.”

Bhagwat ji! Reality is that Hindutva is not dangerous for minorities only but also for vast majority of Hindus, specially, Dalits and women.

I would be eagerly looking forward to receive your kind response to issues raised in this letter.

Thanking you.


Shamsul Islam
[email protected]

Prof. Shamsul Islam is the author of “Religious Dimensions of Indian Nationalsim: A Study of RSS”.


Toooooo good

Toooooo good

RSS cadre.

The RSS Cadre are trained openly in weapon handling for the purpose of home security. Where as SIMI and IM etc train secretly and attack the civil society.

Home security?Killing 1044

Home security?Killing 1044 innocent muslims and gang raping girls at Godra,Gujrath. Is This what you mean by home security? Wah! you are great, shuklaji.!!??.

'Nationalism and patriotism' a la RSS

The RSS thinks that by demanding muslims to perform token jingoistic gestures-like singing vandematram, demanding where they stand in a stupid India-Pakistan match, putting tricolors on Masjids in internationally disputed territory-it can paint Muslims as less patriotic than the RSS.

The reality is that RSS didn't take part in the pan-India freedom struggle, 'veer' savarkar begged the british to set him free from 'Kalapani' (Andaman Jail) promising that he'll serve british interests and kept his word (trivia: his magnum opus 'Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?' was written in this brief incarceration period). Whereas scores of freedom fighters of all religious hues perished in 'Kalapani' and the rest of India but didn't give up their right to struggle and sacrifiice for a free nation.

The RSS of today has had a BJP president caught taking bribes from fake arm dealers in lieu of selling contracts to the Indian army-BRIBERY+COMPROMISING NATIONAL SECURITY. How very patriotic of a person who had no problems singing vandematram or playing communal politics!!!

The RSS has a BJP chief minister who has been condemned by the supreme court of India of dereliction of duty in 2004 (the exact words were,'acting like Nero'). He is the orchestrator in chief of genocide and he and the RSS are so proud of this epithet.

All this while ordinary, everyday Muslim citizens of India harassed or at the very least, viewed suspiciously just because they refuse to sing vandematram as it conflicts with the monotheistic concept of God, the first tenet in Islam. It really makes me laugh, albeit humorlessly, specially as 'vandematram' originates from 'anand math', a novel written by bankim chandra chattopadhyaya at the behest of the british empire to sow seeds of communal hatred between muslims and hindus. He was even awarded 'companion, order of the Indian empire' in 1894 for services rendered to the BRITISH CROWN.

"Anandamath (The Abbey of Bliss, 1882) is a political novel which depicts a Sanyasi (Hindu ascetic) army fighting the soldiers of the Muslim Nawab of Murshidabad. The book calls for the rise of Hindu nationalism to uproot the foreign Turko-Afghan Muslim rule of Bengal AND PUT FORTH AS A TEMPORARY ALTERNATIVE THE EAST INDIA COMPANY TILL THE HINDUS WERE FIT FOR SELF RULE. The novel was also the source of the song Vande Mataram (I worship my Motherland for she truly is my mother) which, set to music by Rabindranath Tagore, was taken up by many Indian nationalists, and is now the National Song of India. The novel is loosely based on the Sanyasi Rebellion. IN THE ACTUAL REBELLION IN THE 18th CENTURY, HINDU SANYASIS AND MUSLIM FAKIRS, BOTH REBELLED AGAINST THE EAST INDIA COMPANY, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SANYASI-FAKIR REBELLION."

Not only did bankim chand chattopadhyaya try to create communal hatred and divide hindus and muslims in their common fight against the british but he despicably attempted to distort history to achieve his purpose, by portraying a unified struggle (SANYASI-FAKIR REBELLION AGAINST BRITISH) as communal war between Hindus and Muslims to achieve Hindu Supremacy. I condemn him all the more for this attack on Indian religious harmony and for acting as the british's tool to divide Indians and rule India. Shame on all those who chose vandematram as the national song.

So, how very nationalistic is the cry of vandematram which is used to goad Indian citizens who pray differently than hindus (Muslims and Sikhs have objection to worshiping the motherland)to prove their nationalism???

What does it say about the maturity and sensibility of all who think that jingoistic gestures trump actual gestures of honesty, paying taxes, encouraging harmony in society and being good citizens!!!

Is there no end to this stupidity and communalisation advocated primarily by the medusa headed organisation that is RSS and bought by a large chunk of prejudiced Indian populace?

P.S: Prof. Shamsul Islam, excellent article! you have captured the discrepancy between the way the RSS talks and how it actually doesn't walk this talk, succinctly. My respects.

what is rss cont in freedom strugle?

Thought provocking article. Truth is bitter.
What is RSS contribution in freedom struggle??

YES, RSS demanded it - but why did Muslims second it ?

RSS is the main culprit and criminal - agreed. It is dead against the IDEA of India which is the essence and soul of the Indian nation. But why did Muslims fall into the RSS trap and second it ? It was their naivete, their foolishness, their fascination for Pan-Islamism that sucked them into the trap. It was a fancy.

RSS has a fancy - so do Muslims. The two fancies crushed the "aam aadmi" of India-Pak-Bangladesh for generations. Generations were lost due to these fanciful visions. They neither benefited Hinduism nor Islam. But they certainly benefited few sadists and well placed persons. The loser was the common man (90%) of the Indian subcontinent.

Now destroying India is the agenda of RSS. Nehru and Sarojini Naidu were the finest Hindus not Narendra Modi and Togadia, but people will realise this after decades or even centuries.

Such is man's folly. Hindutva will destroy Hinduism. RSS will not rest until it does so.

RSS or Jinnah who cares.

The best thing that happened to India in 800 years was partition of India and creation of Pakistan. Else TALIBAN would have been in India and KASAB and friends would have come to MUMBAI by Frontier Mail to convert it to KARACHI. --------------------------- There would have been India Muslims- 17 Crore+ Pakisatn Muslims-16 Crore + Bangladesh Muslims- 15 Crore = 48 Crore while Indian Hindus would have been 80 Crore ie about 40% Muslims in India. When 26% MUSLIMS of Kerala control the Congress led UDF Govt, 40% Indian Muslims would have been ruling India as MUSLIMS would have voted on communal lines while Hindus would have been SECULAR. Thank ALLAH that Pakistan was partitioned. -------------------------------------------------- MANUSMRITI?????? Hindus do not have to adhere to any scriptures to be HINDU like MUSLIMS have to follow QUR'AN. MANUSMRITI anyway is the most STUPID thing written by anyone on this earth.

Mr. Islam/Muslims, You dont

Mr. Islam/Muslims,

You dont know Hinduism/Hindu, hindu is one who bows down on every sacred place, hindu is one who touches feet and repects elders. Hindu is one who doesn't differentiate when going to bhagwaan/Allah/Christ/Sikkh Gurus/Jain Gurus. A person will go to heaven/hell based on his karma and not his relegion is what hindu beleives. A hindu can get married to anyone and stay a hindu. A hindu can stay a hindu even if he choose not to worship. A hindu will remain hindu even if he goes to place of worship of other religion and prays to their god. Read about hinduism in a true spirit and then talk about hindutva and related things.

Being a Muslim means secularism and being a hindu means a communal. In 1947 15% pakistan had hindu population, today its less then 2%. Every month more than 25 hindu girls are kidnapped/raped and forcibly kidnapped to Islam. Mr. Shamshul Islam, when people around the world can support Muslim Brotherhood in egypt/rest of islamic countries, y cant a hindu ideology peroson be a PM in Inida.
I was not interested in religiuos matters till I came to see muslim community very closely.. I pity my Hindu mates that they dont understand these dirty politics of Mulayam/Lalu/Congress. I haven't seen too widely that a Muslim respect any other religion, I have seen them voting in mass to candidates who can be twisted for benefits, i havent seen much of muslim business man keeping hindu workers..
I have also seen a hindu visiting church/dargah. I have also seen a hindu respecting a mosque and bowing in front of it. I have seen numerous examples of hindu businessman with muslim workers.. So it was never a hindu who differentiated.
Neither Veer savarkar nor manusmiriti stands sacred to all hindus. But Hinduism does to some. Let us suppose that modi incited the 2002 massacare for muslims.. But a similar riots were triggered after Indira Gandhi's death and Rajiv who supported it went on to b a PM. Only living difference is When shikhs were killed, muslims kept quiet, when muslims were killed Lalu/Congress was pained.. Where were these people when Hindus were openly massacared in Kashmir and they fled their homes.. Do you rem. the total casualties in kashmir?

There are roits in Meerut/Bhaglapur/etc under congress rule, but they have been forgotten coz every now and then the party tries various propaganda to appease Muslims and my hindu brothers and sisters are still under illusion that Lalu/Mulayam/Congress would do sumthing for them..

Mr Islam, just rem, the day muslims in India atleast starts treating and respecting laws and people of India, India would b a changed country else RSS and likes will keep acting as agents to protect Hindutva..

what about 60 innocent hindu

what about 60 innocent hindu karsewaks who were burnt alive by muslims at godhra... about dozens of sikhs and hindus killed in kashmir by muslims

.who are

.who are terrorists????
attacking india from india itself..
The real terrorist are R.S.S walas.
The Brand new Kavi terrorists