1. FESTIVALS: Datta Jayanti, also known as Dattatreya Jayanti, commemorating the birth day Dattatreya (Datta), a combined form of the Hindu male divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is celebrated on Margashirsh Poornima (16 December this year) throughout the country, especially Western Bharat.
Dattatreya was the son of the sage Atri and his wife Anasuya. Though Dattatreya is considered a form of all the three deities, he is especially considered an avatar of Vishnu, while his siblings the moon-god Chandra and the sage Durvasa are regarded forms of Brahma and Shiva respectively.
On Datta Jayanti, people take bath early in the morning in holy rivers or streams, and observe fast. A puja is performed with flowers, incense, lamps and camphor, read the sacred books Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita, which contain the god's discourse etc. Other sacred texts like the Datta Prabodh (1860) by Kavadi Baba and the Datta Mahatmya by Vasudevananda Saraswati, both of which are based on Dattatreya's life, as well as the Guru-charita based on the life of Narasimha Saraswati (1378−1458), considered an avatar of Dattatreya, are read by devotees.Bhajans (devotional songs) are also sung on this day.
The temples dedicated to Dattatreya are located throughout Bharat ; the most important places of his worship are in Maharashtra and Gujarat like Gangapur near Solapur, Narasimha Wadi in the Kolhapur district, Audumbar in Sangli district and Girnar in Saurashtra.
2. LET’S CELEBRATE, AND NOT NEEDLESSLY CRIB: The successful launch of India's first spacecraft to Mars, Mangalyaan, is a huge achievement for the Indian Space Research Organisation and a matter of tremendous pride for the country. It ushers India into an elite club of deep-space pioneers — the US, Russia and the European Union — who have tasted a measure of success in sending out probes to the Red Planet. As the 44.4m Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C25 carrying the Mars orbiter in its head, lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Tuesday, it marked the beginning of a 300-day, 780 million kilometre long journey to orbit Mars, where, if all goes according to plan, the craft will survey the planet's geology and atmosphere. The lift-off was just the first of three phases — next month, the orbiter is expected to break out of Earth's orbit, and then somewhere in September 2014, it should enter the Martian orbit. Undoubtedly, the road ahead is a challenging one, especially when one considers that no other country has succeeded in its mission to Mars in the first attempt. We hope that Mangalyaan is able to fulfil its mandate this time itself, but the fact that even technologically-advanced countries like China (in 2011) and Japan (in 2009) have failed, is a sobering thought. We must keep our fingers crossed.
One of the criticisms of Mangalyaan is that it was launched on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle instead of the more advanced Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle. The latter has failed twice in previous launch tests in 2010 and many believe that ISRO has made a mistake by rushing into the mission with the PSLV. But the space organisation has strongly defended its decision to not wait for a new batch of rockets as that would have delayed the project by three years. Others from the scientific community, including some senior people previously associated with ISRO, have also disapproved of the project's overall aims, saying that they are vague and will not in anyway further national priorities.
But while informed criticisms cannot be wished away, what deserves to be summarily rubbished is the argument that a nation which has failed to provide even basic amentities to its people, cannot afford to spend enormous amounts of money on exploring space. Such an assertion is flawed on many counts. First, just because some departments have failed to do their job does not mean that others should be penalised. Second, contrary to what rhetorical critics have claimed, the Mangalyaan does not carry a huge price tag. At just Rs 4.5 billion, it is a budget programme. Not only is it a fraction of the money that other countries spend on space exploration, it is also far less than what some of the Government's flagship and shoddily implemented poverty alleviation schemes cost the national exchequer. Second, the ‘space programme versus social welfare’ debate is a rehash of the old ‘guns and butter’ debate that has long been junked. Finally, the assumption that space exploration does not deliver benefits to the common man, is incorrect. Space research has given us technologies that have improved everyday life — predicting weather and natural calamities. These were, for instance, used to save lives during cyclone Phailin. (Editorial Daily Pioneer, 7 November 2013)
3. RSS NOT IN FAVOUR OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN RETAIL: DR. MOHAN BHAGWAT: RSS believes that the foreign direct investment in the retail sector should not be allowed in Bharat.
During a panel discussion on his Vijayadashmi Speech in the capital Delhi with prominent citizens, RSS Sarsanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat answered many questions and clarified RSS’s approach on various issues. The tradition of holding a seminar of this kind began last year in Delhi. He says that the RSS has always believed that the quintessential knowledge and new technology, which helps in sustaining a good lifestyle, that we lack in can be borrowed from other countries on our own terms.
Shri Bhagwat added on further. Mr. Bhagwat said that the country’s economic policies require a balanced and tactical approach , which ensures ordinary citizens to have food , clothing, housing, health, education and hospitality as daily amenities , with a result of which they would not be forced to commit suicide. He said, that the economic policies should be such that there should not be any decrease in the country’s monitory fund as well.
While addressing a question, Shri Bhagwat said that the acceptance and credibility of the RSS is not declining, but growing. On calling nationalism irrelevant to the state, Shri.Bhagwat explained that we all need to understand a fact that other countries are benefitting merely by chanting slogans of globalization. He explained further that he does not feel any need of change in the RSS’ Doctrine and its point of view, but if required they will not refrain from reviewing it. “We are not concerned about ism, we are only concerned about the truth” says Shri Bhagwat. The RSS chief also pointed out that their work is constantly expanding and the number of branches and the presence of new volunteers is increasing as well.
4. ABHINANDAN TO DENVER SEWA CHAPTER: Colorado was severely affected by the devastating flood which started on Sep 11th and 12th. Colorado HSS and Sewa Team decided to help the people who were badly affected. They visitied evacuation centers and flood relief camps held in Silver Creek and Niwot High Schools and helped people to serve the food and their staying arrangements. They also visited Twin Peaks Mall (FEMA Flood relief center) Mountain View and 9th Ave area Houses to clean up thier basement, remove mud etc and spent around 10 to 12 days to serve the needy people.The efforts of HSS and Sewa teams were appreciated by those who were helped by them and others.
5. CITATION FOR SV 150 AT NSW PARLIAMAENT AUSTRALIA: A house motion moved by MLC David Clarke at NSW Parliament, acknowledging the services of HIndu Council of Australia mentioned about Swami Vivekananda in the words ‘Swami Vivekanada, a major figure within the Hindu faith, recognised not only for his enunciation of Hindu values but also for his promotion of interfaith dialogue and harmony and his message that there is universal goodness found within all the major faith traditions…..’. The motion also lauded the efforts by Hindu Council of Australia in commemorating the anniversary and commended the Australian Hindu community for its ongoing contribution in promoting interfaith harmony in Australia and particularly in the State of New South Wales.
6. ‘MANGALYAAN SYMBOLIC COUP OVER CHINA’: Accounts in the American media view the successful launch of Bharat’s Mars mission not only as a technological leap for the country, but also one with a distinct potential for a “symbolic coup” over China in the space arena.
“A successful mission by India’s Mars orbiter would make the country the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet — and provide a symbolic coup as neighbouring China steps up its ambitions in space,” CNN reported.
“If it succeeds, India’s Mars mission would represent a technological leap for the South Asia nation, pushing it ahead of space rivals China and Japan in the field of interplanetary exploration,” wrote The Wall Street Journal.
Dr James Clay Moltz, a professor at US Naval Postgraduate School who closely follows space security issues, suggests Bharat’s focus on Mars is a product of an increasing Asian space race.
“I believe India’s leadership sees China’s recent accomplishments in space science as a threat to its status in Asia, and feels the need to respond,” Moltz told CNN, which at the same time referred to ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan’s categorical comment that Bharat is not in a race with anyone.
7. US SAYS READY TO WORK WITH MODI IF HE BECOMES PM, BLAMES MEDIA FOR VISA ROW: The US would be willing to work with BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, if the party is voted to power in the next general elections, senior Obama administration officials have said asserting that the enduring bilateral relationship is to continue irrespective of the poll results.
"We will work with the leader of the world's largest democracy. There is no question about that," a senior US official said when asked about the prospects of working with an Bharatiya government led by Bharatiya Janata Party's PM nominee Narendra Modi.
Dismissing visa as a non-issue, the official said it was largely a creation of the Bharatiya media and not at all an issue in the US government.
According to another US official "there is not a lot of angst about him (Modi)" in the US government, but it is believed that the Administration has decided to maintain the status quo on this issue for the very reason that it might be seen as an interference in the internal domestic polity of Bharat.
8. SV 150 AT ATLANTA: The United States Hindu Alliance ( USHA ) paid tribute to Swami Vivekananda on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary recently at the Sumant Cultural Center within Shree Shakti Mandir. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was the guest of honor.
Gabbard, who delivered the keynote address at the event, spoke of acceptance of diversity in the Congress, where- just five years ago- a Hindu Priest was booed during opening prayers. She said when she took oath with her hand on the Bhagavad Gita during her swearing-in ceremony, she had no idea how much of an impact that would have. She cited the Bhagawat Gita as a source of inspiration for whatever she has done in life. Following the path of Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga with sincerity created a balance in life even while she was in the war zone in Iraq, where everyday was a reminder that life is temporary and precious, she said.
“The festival of Diwali reminds us of the true meaning and purpose of our lives, which is to be of service to others and to positively impact those around us.”She added.
Consul General of Bharat in Atlanta, Hon. Ajit Kumar inaugurated the event. Gokul Kunnath, President of USHA, Dr. Basant Tariyal - a member of the USHA Board of Governors, Ravi Jaishankar, national President of Hindu Students Council were some of the other speakers. More than 30 Hindu organizations of Atlanta supported USHA to make the event a great success.
9. TOP GLOBAL IT FIRMS HAVE MORE STAFF IN BHARAT THAN HOME NATIONS: It's a measure of Bharat's strength in software services and the number of engineers it produces, that some of the world's largest IT companies have more employees in Bharat now than in their home countries. And increasingly, these foreign companies are shifting their consulting base to Bharat, thanks to the talent coming out of the country's business schools.
IBM, the biggest in the business does not officially break up its employee numbers by geography, but the IBM employee organization Alliance@IBM puts the US figure for 2012 at 91,000, down from 127,000 in 2006. The last time IBM provided figures for Bharat was in 2007, when it said it had 73,000 employees here. Since then, all estimates suggest that the company has added another 50,000 to 60,000 employees, taking the total count to about 1.3 lakh.
That puts the Bharat number at more than 40% of the US figure. It also means — given IBM's global headcount of 4.3 lakh — that one in almost every three IBM employee is in Bharat.
Accenture's strength in Bharat, at over 90,000, is more than double that in the US (its traditional home), at about 43,000. The company has a total strength of 2.75 lakh, which means Bharat accounts for a third of its workforce. French IT major Capgemini has over 44,000 of its 1.25 lakh employees in Bharat; its staff strength in Bharat grew by 50% in just the past two-and-a-half years. It has just 20,000 staffers in its home country, France. Most of the IT services companies are also now building strong consulting strengths in Bharat — consultants that are used not just for Bharat, but also for global engagements.
10. 3 OF BHARATIYA ORIGIN AMONG AFRICA'S 50 RICHEST: FORBES: Three persons of Bharatiya-origin are among the 50 richest people in Africa, according to a list released by Forbes magazine which said rising stock prices and new business deals are creating more billionaires in the continent.
Vimal Shah, Sudhir Ruparelia and Naushad Merali figure in the list which has been topped by Aliko Dangote who has a networth of USD 20.8 billion and is the largest cement manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa.
Shah is a newcomer on the list and ranks 18 with a networth of USD 1.6 billion as of November 2013.
The 53-year-old Asian-Kenyan is the CEO of Bidco Oil Refineries, the largest manufacturer of edible oils in East and Central Africa, and manufactures detergents, soaps, baking powder and canola, as well as other edible oils.
Ruparelia ranks 24 on the list and has a networth of USD 1.1 billion. The 57-year-old chairs the Ruparelia Group, a Ugandan property and banking conglomerate that owns hundreds of Ugandan properties, hotels, a chain of foreign exchange bureaus, a business that grows and exports roses and Crane Bank, the country's third-largest commercial bank.
On the 48th spot is Merali with a networth of USD 430 million. The 62-year-old Asian-Kenyan tycoon is the founder of the Sameer Group, a conglomerate with activities in construction, agriculture, information technology, telecom etc.
11. FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA CELEBRATES DIWALI AT THE WHITE HOUSE: On November 5, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed guests to the White House for a Diwali celebration. The celebration started with the First Lady surprising local students at a Bollywood dance clinic and trying out some moves herself.
Then the First Lady spoke during a reception in the East Room: "We've celebrated this holiday here at the White House every year since Barack took office. And there's a reason why we've done that. When we say that we want to make the White House the 'people's house,' we mean all people. We mean that we want to honor and embrace all of the many cultures and faith traditions that make us who we are as Americans. And Diwali is very much one of those traditions.
Diwali is celebrated by members of some of the world's oldest religions not just here in America but across the globe. "It's a time to come together with friends and family, often with dancing and good food," the First Lady said. "But Diwali is also a time for contemplation and reflection. It's a time for us to think about our obligations to our fellow human beings, particularly those who are less fortunate than we are. And as we light the diya -- the lamp -- we recommit ourselves to the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil. I am so proud and so honored to be celebrating this beautiful holiday at the White House with all of you. And I wish you all and all your loved ones a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak."
12. DAVID CAMERON KEEN TO SEE BRITISH BHARATIYAS AT TOP POSTS IN UK: Admiring British Bharatiyas for their contributions, Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he wants to see more people from the community at the top in the country's armed forces, judiciary and politics.
Speaking at a Diwali reception he hosted at 10, Downing Street, Cameron noted that increasingly young British Bharatiyas can look at any part of our national endeavour and can see people like them getting to the very top. "We want to see British Hindus, British Bharatiyas in the top of our judiciary, we want to see them at the top of our armed forces and we also want to see them at the top of our politics," he said.
"I think we have made some big steps forward in recent years, and it's great to see here tonight people like Shailesh Vara (Justice Minister) Alok Sharma, MP (Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party), Priti Patel, MP and Keith Vaz, MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee.
13. BHARAT STEPS UP MILITARY AID TO MYANMAR TO OFFSET CHINA’S MIGHT: From rocket launchers to Islander maritime patrol aircraft, wargaming software to counter-insurgency training, Bharat is steadily stepping up military aid to Myanmar to counterbalance the deep strategic inroads made by China into that country.
During his recent visit to Myanmar, Army chief General Bikram Singh has held talks with President U Thein Sein, foreign minister U Wunna Maung Lwin, commander-in-chief of the defence services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, among others, to discuss measures to further bolster bilateral defence cooperation.
Bharat is providing rocket launchers, mortars, rifles, radars, night-vision devices, Gypsies, bailey bridges, communication and Inmarsat sets as well as road construction equipment like dozers, tippers and soil compacters to the Myanmarese armed forces.
"India has also offered the Myanmarese armed forces special training packages in the Indian Army's counter-insurgency and jungle warfare school at Vairengte in Mizoram. The Army alone already provides them over 100 vacancies every year in its different training establishments. The Navy and IAF, too, are chipping in with training," said the official.
14. SENSEX ENDS SAMVAT 2069 AT NEW HIGH: Trading in Samvat year 2069, the Diwali-to-Diwali year of the trading community on Dalal Street at Mumbai, ended on a high with the sensex scaling a new record at 21,294 in intra-day trades and closing at 21,197 — also a new closing peak. During the current Samvat year, the index added nearly 14% but investors were richer by just Rs 2.35 lakh crore, with the BSE's market capitalization now at Rs 68.1 lakh crore. On Friday, the index gained 32 points on the back of signs of a revival in the economic fundamentals, market players said.
"It took nearly five years and 10 months for the sensex to regain this magical figure. The major sentiment booster was the data on core sector industries, which recorded 8% growth in September — the highest in the past 11 months. Also, the government has announced strong possibility of meeting the fiscal deficit target of 4.8% of GDP for the current financial year, which further added to the enthusiasm," said Jayant Manglik, president (retail distribution), Religare Securities.
15. SCIENCE CONFIRMS TURMERIC AS EFFECTIVE AS 14 DRUGS: Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. A five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including cholesterol medication, steroid medications, antidepressants, blood thinner, Anti-inflammatory Drugs, chemotherapy drug etc. Another way in which turmeric and its components reveal their remarkable therapeutic properties is in research on drug resistant- and multi-drug resistant cancers.
Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment. Or, better yet, use certified organic (non-irradiated) turmeric in lower culinary doses on a daily basis so that heroic doses won’t be necessary later in life after a serious disease sets in. Nourishing yourself, rather than self-medicating with ‘nutraceuticals,’ should be the goal of a healthy diet. http://csglobe.com/science-confirms-turmeric-as-effective-as-14-drugs/
16. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN:Pravas: Shri Ravikumar sahsamyojak Vishwa Vibhag is on a tour to Malaysia, HongKong and Singapore. Dr.Sadanand Sapre, sahsamyojak will be touring Mauritius and South Africa in Dec. Visitors: Ma Dr.Ved Nanda, Khanderao Kand, Aparna and Darshan Soni, Brahmanand and Avani – USA.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Knowing that I am different from the body, I need not neglect the body. It is a vehicle that I use to transact with the world. It is the temple which houses the Pure Self within. – Adi Shankaracharya
JAI SHREE RAM
THE RSS & POLITICS
M G Vaidya
THE learned author, Vidya Subramaniam in her article ‘The Forgotten Promise of 1949’, alleges that the RSS is not following a promise that the organisation gave to the Government in 1949. The fact is that no promise as such was given. No power in the country can stop an individual or a group from entering politics. It is not necessary for anyone to seek the permission of the Government to form a political party. It is true that the article 4 (b) of the RSS Constitution avers that “The Sangh as such has no politics.” It is simply its assertion about its commitment. The same article allows the Swayamsevaks to join any political party. In the same article Sangh has affirmed that the Sangh will work ‘in consonance with the cultural heritage of the Hindu Samaj. What is cultural heritage? or the question can be drafted as what is culture? Is culture restricted to the fine arts like Music, Dancing, Painting, Sculpture etc? No! Culture, in essence, means a value system. Hindu Samaj as well as Hindu Dharma has a certain value system. Because of this value system, Hindus not only tolerate, but appreciate plurality of faiths, beliefs and opinions.
What is a Nation?
Also, culture is the basis of our nationhood. I will dare to say that culture is the basis of all nationhood. What is a nation, after all? Is it simply geography or a political system? No! People are the nation. I will not dilate here on what the essential conditions are for the people to constitute a nation. I will just quote, famous French intellectual Ernest Renan, who in his work ‘What is a nation’ observes:
“The soil provides the substratum, the field for struggle and labour, man provides the soul. Man is everything in the formation of this sacred thing that we call a people. ….”
He adds: “Two things which are really one go to make this soul or spiritual principle. One of these lies in the past, the other in the present.”
Meaning of Hindu
Sangh believes in the concept of a Hindu Rashtra. In Sangh-thought Hindu is not a religious term. In essence it connotes the culture. Possibly, the title ‘Hindu’ of the paper in which Vidya Subramaniam’s article is published connotes the same meaning. The very first word in the name of the Sangh is ‘Rashtriya’, which means national’ and as referred above the people are the nation; i.e. Hindu Samaj is the nation; and Sangh is engaged in the work of organising this Samaj since last 88 years. I will repeat organising the entire Samaj. It is an organisation of the Samaj and not an organisation in the Samaj, i.e. it aims at consolidating the entire Samaj and not at forming an organised group or sect or tribe.
Now Samaj or nation is a complex existence i.e. It works and functions in various spheres. Politics is one such sphere; not the only one. There are other spheres of social activity also, like Dharma, education, trade, industry, agriculture etc. The meaning of organising the entire Samaj means organising all these sectors. For that purpose, Sangh has sometimes directed, sometimes inspired, sometimes allowed its workers to work in these various spheres of social life. When Dr S P Mukherjee wanted to form a new party, he approached the Sangh and asked for a few workers to help him establish a party, Sangh had given some workers. In the sphere of dharma, Shri M S Golwalkar, then Sarasanghachalak himself took the lead and formed Vishwa Hindu Parishad. But he did not become its president or any other office bearer. In the area of education, Shishu Mandirs were started first in U. P. Now Vidya Bharati, the umbrella organisation runs thousands of educational institutions. In the tribal sector there is Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram. In the tribal area, the Sangh workers run, thousands of one-teacher schools. In Jharkhand alone there are about eight thousand one teacher schools. In the labour field Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) came up. At present there are about 32 fields, where RSS workers are involved.
All these institutions are independent and autonomous. They have their own Constitutions; they have their own methods of collecting funds. The only condition is that they must work for national interest. No parochial interest should harm the integrity of the entire nation. It is the duty of the RSS, to see that all activities, whatever may be their field, must have national interest as a beacon light. As stated earlier, politics is one such sphere. It is an important area, and the RSS will always want, that the workers in that area too, as in other areas, never obviate the basic goal of the organisation.
State and Nation
In our country, unfortunately there is much confusion about the concepts of a nation and a state. We just don’t mind saying that on August 15, 1947, a new nation was born. My question is “What were we on August 14 ?” Actually on that fateful day a new state was born. “A State is a legal association, a Juridically organised nation. It exists in and through law: we may even say that is exists as law..... The essence of the State is a living body of effective rules; and in that sense, the State is law.” (Ernest Barker: Principles of Social & Political theory, page 89) State is essential for the safety of the people. The Mahabharat says that where there is no state, the Dharma perishes.
Sangh - Method
All the Sangh workers who work in various fields of social activity come to the RSS functionaries for discussion and guidance also. The Sangh fulfills that obligation. What sanctions does Sangh possess to hoist its command on all these affiliates? Sangh has no disciplinary mechanism. Have you ever heard of Sangh taking disciplinary action against any individual? Is it possible that in the career of 88 years, no Swayamsevak might have violated discipline? But the method of Sangh is unique. It explains, counsels, consoles, makes one understand and leaves the matter there.
As regards Narendrabhai Modi’s choice, the proposal must have come from the BJP quarters and Sangh would have given its consent. If there is difference of opinion about a certain decision Sangh’s help is sought. That’s all. Sangh does not dictate as to who should be made MP or MLA or Minister or Chief Minister or PM Sangh’s only concern is that the state must function for the nation’s interest. Nation is above the state, above every field of people’s activity.
RSS is like, the soul or the spirit, in a human being. The Ishopanishad describes this ‘aatmatattva’ as follows:- “It moves, it does not move also. It is far away and it is near also. It is inside everything, it is outside also”.
The Ban on the RSS
Here, a legitimate question can be asked as to why the Government lifted the ban on the RSS. The best time to lift the ban could have been, when the real culprits in the Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination were apprehended, when even more than twenty thousand homes of the RSS workers were searched and not an iota of evidence was found. The other occasion was immediately after the written Constitution of the RSS was submitted. Shri Guruji, the then Sarasanghachalak was against giving the written Constitution to the Government. Shri Venkataram Shastri, the ex-Advocate General of the Madras Presidency came forth as a mediator and he suggested to Shri Guruji, that if written Constitution is given, the ban may be lifted. Shri Guruji countered “was the ban on the RSS imposed because it had no written Constitution?” But respecting the wish of the learned advocate, the Constitution was sent on April 11, 1949. The Government instead of lifting the ban, tried to point out the defects in the Constitution. The Government also took objection to the language used by Shri Guruji. Shri HVR Iyengar, secretary to the GOI, in his letter dated May 24, 1949, said, “The GOI regret that you have used in your reply phrases like ‘meaningless expression’ and charged the Government with indulging in unbecoming behavior and lack of respect for truth, justice and due process of law.” Shri Iyengar was obviously irritated. He further wrote, “Such language constitutes a complete disregard of the ordinary rules of courtesy and propriety, more particularly in reply to the Government.”
Shri Guruji replied on 1-6-1949 saying, “I am sorry that my language has offended the Government. I am a plain man brought up in an organisation wherein the sense of high or low does not predominate and wherein, there is no occasion to study and use a style of language suitable for addressing rulers and masters.” At the end of this letter he wrote, “Since my direct and truthful words seem to be unpalatable to the Goverment, I think it best to desist from writing any further for the present.”
This put the Government in a fix. It believed that Shri Golwalkar was caving in. Therefore it tried to browbeat him by suggesting superfluous amendments to the Constitution. But that did not work. But for whatever the reason, the Goverment wanted to lift the ban, but wanted a figleaf to do that. So it found a mediator in Shri Moulichandra Sharma. He met the RSS leaders who were not in jail. They plainly told Shri Sharma, neither Shri Guruji nor Sangh will write to Government. Shri Sharma returned to Delhi empty-handed, but then came with a new proposal that Shri Guruji need not write to the Government; but should explain to Shri Sharma, about certain issues that he will refer to. This was agreed to Shri Sharma went to Seoni(Madhya Pradesh) jail, met Shri Guruji and Shri Guruji in a letter addressed to Sharma, explained the points raised by him. The letter, dated July 10, 1949, starts with the appellation “My dear Pandit Moulichandraji”. Whatever appeared in this letter was almost a copy of Shri Guruji’s statement, issued to the press in Delhi on December 3, 1948. Shri Sharma took that letter to Delhi and on July 12, 1949 ban on the RSS was lifted. The intelligent people can draw their inferences about the reasons for the ban, the reasons for continuing it and then abruptly lifting it. (Organiser Weekly, November10, 2013)