RSS pushing ‘Hindu Rashtra’ agenda, says Admiral Ramdas
New Delhi: In an open
letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former
Navy chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas alleged that the “RSS and their network”
were leading a “systematic and well orchestrated attempt to impose a
majoritarian single-point agenda of creating a Hindu Rashtra in India”.
In the open letter, Ramdas,
who was the chief of naval staff during 1990-93, accused the country’s
leadership of playing with fire. He was also the former internal Lokpal of the
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Stressing that the
Hinduism he ‘knew’ was “not filled with the kind of violence and intolerance
represented by the current brand of ‘Hindutva’ that was ‘fanning the flames’ of
division and fear across the country,” he said that series of attacks on ‘minorities
and Dalits’ had forced him to hang his head in ‘shame’.
In his three-page
letter, Ramdas wrote that it was “most shocking” to see no condemnation of such
activities by those at the helm of affairs. He said that the “co-ordinated
response of those in government seems to be to downplay the attacks, by terming
them ‘sad’ and ‘unfortunate’.”
Ramdas said that he had
no hope that the country’s top leadership would respond to his letter. “I have
done my job by pointing out that the fabric of Indian Constitution is in