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What it is like to be a Dalitbahujan in the RSS

Two accounts – one from the North, one from the deep South; one by a Dalit, the other by an OBC – chronicle their respective journeys from indoctrination in hatred of the ‘other’ to their eyes being opened to the truth, and their leaving the RSS and turning its fiercest critics

The 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid and 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, both by the Shudra and Atishudra foot soldiers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the behest of the Sangh’s Dwij (upper-caste) ideologues; the recent lynching of Dalits (Atishudras or members of Scheduled Castes) and Muslims on the pretext of cow protection; the rumours of “love jihad” that never refuse to go away but still remain as unfounded as ever; and the continuing hate speech against Muslims, most recently over the massive opposition to the Citizens Amendment Act – these aren’t flash floods of hatred. They have been building up for years. They are the result of the rivulets of hate that have been trickling in from the seemingly harmless, peaceful gatherings called the shakhas. The rivulets have merged to form a river, often a swollen river overflowing its banks.

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Anil Varghese

Anil Varghese is Editor-in-Chief, Forward Press

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