New Delhi: Congress general secretary
Digvijay Singh on Sunday expressed concern over infiltration of
RSS into branches of state apparatus and civil services, while
likening the Sangh`s right-wing ideology to that of Hitler in
At a convention to mark 10 years of the 2002 Gujarat
riots, Singh said the state had turned out to be a somewhat
successful "laboratory" for communal forces which are working
throughout India to further their agenda.
"Our fight is against an ideology that preaches hatred.
The way Hitler used such an ideology and gave it a colour of
nationalism, communal forces in India are also working on
these lines," he said.
Singh said the infiltration of people associated or
linked to the ideology of RSS into civil and police services
was an issue of concern.
"The dangerous question is how people like Colonel
Purohit and Major Upadhyay of military intelligence are into
these things. Why do we see people of such an ideology active
in institutional forces like IAS, IPS and even judiciary?" he
Expressing concern over right-wing ideology being
preached in RSS schools, he said Sangh outfits were also
running "coaching classes" for UPSC aspirants.
"I get such information that Sangh outfits are running
coaching classes for UPSC aspirants, who are helped by UPSC
members. You will understand this when you analyse the people
called for UPSC expert panel in the past few years, and see
how many such candidates have made it to the IAS and other
services," he said.
He rubbished perceptions that "speaking for minorities
would invite a backlash from the majority" and recalled how he
was labelled a "crazy person" when he first argued in 2001-02
that Sangh outfits were providing bomb making training.
"Gujarat was a laboratory for such an ideology and it was
successful to some extent. Karnataka was now turning out to be
another such laboratory, if corruption issues had not taken
centrestage, this programme would have moved ahead," he said.
During the convention that also saw the release of a book
`Lest We Forget History`, written by P G J Nampoothiri and
Gagan Sethi compiling the incidents during the Gujarat riots,
CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said the incidents in the state in
2002 showed how the impact of communal politics has entered
"deep into our institutions, our police, bureaucracy and