Wednesday, May 02, 2007

RSS Up To Its Tricks Again...

I've always wondered what it is about Sikhism that attracts the attention Hindu fundamentalist organizations? The RSS seems to always be trying to somehow inveigle, deceive or in some other way get people to believe that Sikhs not to mention the Buddhists and Jains are part of the Hindu pantheon.

It's interesting that they have never really made a furtive attempt to claim Christ and Mohamed as their own as well. Though I have heard people claim Jesus as an avatar of Vishnu and that Mohamed is spoken of in the Vedas. I haven't been able to verify these claims, but its interesting that they even exist.

It now seems that the RSS acknowledges that Sikhism is a separate religion, but part of the Hindu pantheon. What does that mean? Does it mean that anyone of any religion anywhere is a Hindu? has the word Hindu become synonymous with the word Human and Hinduism with Humanity?

One has to wonder what the RSS thinks Hinduism is if they believe anyone and everyone is a part of it. I mean what principles and values are there in Hinduism if it is completely contradictory in nature as per the RSS?

NEW DELHI: The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has described the Sikh faith as a separate religion belonging to "one great Hindu samaj".

In a view that may not go well with BJP's ally Akali Dal, the Sangh says it sees a "problem" if minorities assume a 'political' character.

Spelling out its stand on minorities on its website under a mission header, it says it believes the Hindu Code Bill is applicable to Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists and that it should be applicable to all, including the Christians and the Muslims.

"The RSS believes in the plural structure of society. Therefore, it recognises that there is bound to be a majority-minority syndrome, and hence each group, whether in the majority or minority, will have a distinct identity and distinct character," it says.

But minorities, according to the Sangh, should restrain themselves from overstepping their basic character.

"... the majority-minority distinctions must be restricted to the bases on which the minority character is sought to be claimed. ... the problem arises when a particular minority transgresses the basis of its minority character and assumes a political one." it says.

In its stand on Sikhism, the Sangh has called it a separate religion but its followers part of Hindu samaj.

"We regard the Sikh religion as a separate religion, but we regard the Sikh people as belonging to our samaj. When we say that they are a part of the one great Hindu Samaj, we do not deny the existence of their separate religion and separate beliefs. The Hindu samaj is a commonwealth of many religions," it says.

The samaj, it adds, includes idol worshippers as well as those who oppose idol worship and those who accept the authority of the Vedas as well as those who do not. They are all included in the wider Hindu conceptualisation, the Sangh says.

"Many Sikhs attend RSS Shakhas, but nobody is asked to remove his beard or his pugree (turban). The RSS will never try to obliterate the identity of the Sikhs. That will be against the very grain of the RSS," it says.

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