Violent strain of Hindutva not new: Yechury

Yechury said there was an urgent need to change the mindset that terrorism is associated with people of only one community.

Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 17:45 PM IST

New Delhi: A day after Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh commented on the issue of `Sangh terror`, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday cited ideologies
propounded by freedom fighters V Savarkar and BS Moonje to insist that there was nothing new in the violent strain of Hindutva.

Yechury said there was an urgent need to change the mindset that terrorism is associated with people of only one community, and promised to raise the issue of innocent persons targeted in terror-related investigations in the Parliament.

The CPI-M leader was speaking at a day-long conference organised by civil rights groups Anhad and others for highlighting the plight of people who were targeted by
security agencies in the aftermath of terror attacks in which the role of some RSS leaders has cropped up recently.

Yechury said his party will raise the issue in the upcoming Parliament session and will demand investigation into the attacks and of redressal of grievances of those unfairly targetted.

"The partition of India happened because the twin radical strains of both Hindutva and Islam were adamant...But despite the fact that India became a secular republic, attempts are being made to convert it into a Hindutva state," Yechury said.

He said there was a history of militant ideology within the RSS and it is wrong to assume that violent tendencies have developed only recently as a reaction to certain provocations.

"The violent strain in Hindutva is very old. The two-nation theory as reminded to us by Digvijay Singh was propounded by Savarkar, who also spoke about militarising
Hindu `dharma` and `Hinduising` all politics," he said at the conference which was also attended by the Congress leader.

"There is nothing new about these violent tendencies and it is not that such tendencies have developed out of provocation of recent situations...It is wrong to assume that Hindus cannot be terrorists," he said.

Yechury said in the light of history it is important to
be careful and to make sure that a particular community is not stigmatised and that terrorism is not encouraged by targeting innocent youth after every terror incident.

Besides Savarkar, Yechury also cited ideology of BS Moonje who is considered a mentor to RSS founder KB Hedgewar.

Yechury pointed out that Moonje had noted in his diary that he wanted to meet Italian dictator Mussolini, and that after meeting him he established the Central Hindu Military Education Society in 1935.

"This was the place where people like Col Shrikant
Purohit took training," Yechury said.