Friday, January 22, 2010

Marxist and Hindutva camps should rediscover Sri Aurobindo

Jyoti Basu's demise is not the end of an era... We should take this opportunity to highlight one important phenomenon, which was concentrated mostly in pre-Independence Bengal, viz. the shift of a large majority of revolutionaries -- particularly from the Anushilan Samiti circuit -- from Nationalism to the Communist movement… 
The fledgling RSS, founded by an Anushilan Samiti disappointee, Dr. K.B. Hedgewar, renounced politics and preferred work in the sphere of culture, social self-organization and "character building"…
All this while, Gandhi worked on people's emotions, but the Marxists worked on their minds, and their penetration was more enduring. Thus we see a long list of freedom fighters taking up Marxism and Socialism of various varieties. Not all these men and women were Marxists in the true sense, they only wanted to serve the national cause but not in the Gandhian way. Thus, the problem was a lack of native Indian/Hindu vision and an ensuing line of action.
We should not paint each and every Communist as a villain, but highlight the fact that a true native ideological narrative needs to be developed from scratch and articulated. This would address a historical lacuna in 
India. Indian Marxism will die a natural death only when such a vision emerges. POSTED BY KOENRAAD ELST AT 2:03 PM8:08 PM

Keshav Baliram Hedgewar drew upon influences from social and spiritual Hindu reformers such as Swami Vivekananda and Aurobindo to develop the core philosophy of the RSS. After being sent to Kolkota to pursue a degree in medicine, Hedgewar was drawn into the influence of secret revolutionary organisations like the Anushilan Samiti and Jugantar in Bengal.] 

[Pranab Da's Bengal division - Tarun Vijay 28 Aug 2009
Syama Prasad was an ardent devotee of Sri Aurobindo and hence had unflinching faith in the necessity of a united
Jinnah. He had a pistol. He used it. - Tarun Vijay
19 Aug 2009 
Syama Prasad Mookerjee was traveling all over
India awakening the masses to rise against the partition plot… In fact, he had been in close contact with Sri Aurobindo, who had said, “The idea of two nationalities in India is only a new-fangled notion invented by Jinnah for his purposes and contrary to the facts.
Why India needs the BJP? - Tarun Vijay 21 Aug 2009
At the first all India session of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, its founder president Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee had said, 'India has been for centuries past the homeland of diverse people pursuing different faiths and religions. ... Sri Aurobindo had given a historical speech on 30th may 1909 in Uttarpara, WB after coming out of Alipore Jail . It was fully on Hindu Nationalism, but Nehru failed to understand Him and Hindutva ideology, Nehru termed Sri Aurobindo as Non Secular ...]

People from both the Marxist and Hindutva camps should rediscover the virtue of following the ideals of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Savitri Era Party will continue to be the vanguard to shape favorable public opinion on this issue. [TNM]

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