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    Join Demonstration to RSS Headquarters, Jhandewalan Gather at Ajmeri Gate at 10:00 a.m. September 6, 2004 RSS: First Hoist the Tricolour at Jhandewalan
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      Join Demonstration to RSS Headquarters, Jhandewalan
      Gather at Ajmeri Gate at 10:00 a.m. September 6,

      RSS: First Hoist the Tricolour at Jhandewalan

      Today, when the nation has been independent for 57
      years, the Sangh Parivar is set to launch `Tiranga
      yatras� and Satyagrahas to defend the honour of the
      flag and the nation.

      Yet when the Indian people were involved in the
      decades long struggle for freedom against British
      imperialism, the RSS was conspicuous by its absence in
      the struggle. When thousands of people faced lathis,
      bullets and jail sentences for hoisting the Tiranga
      and participated all over the country in Satyagrahas
      during the Civil Disobedience and Quit India movements
      against the British Raj, the Sangh publicly took the
      stand that it would not take part in the movement and
      seldom missed the opportunity of assuring the British
      rulers that they would keep to the right side of
      colonial law and avoid any clash with the authorities.
      Of course the reason given for this was that the Sangh
      was secretly strengthening itself and would take on
      British imperialism only when it was strong enough to
      do so!

      A similar duplicity has marked the statements and
      actions of the RSS and its leaders throughout its
      79-year old history. Nothing illustrates this better
      than the Sangh�s attitude to the national flag.

      In 1930, the Congress leadership first gave the call
      for observing 26th January as Independence Day. Unable
      to resist the popular mood, the RSS instructed its
      shakas to hold rallies of swayamsevaks �and worship
      the national flag, that is, the Bhagwa Jhanda�. The
      flag to be honoured was not the Tiranga, which had
      been adopted by the whole nation as the symbol of the
      freedom struggle. Nor would the Sangh observe 26
      January as Independence Day again, although it became
      a permanent feature of the national movement.
      After Independence, it was again the Bhagwa Jhanda and
      not the Tiranga that was hoisted and honoured at the
      first major rally of the RSS held at Ramlila Maidan on
      7th December, 1947.
      The only time the RSS gave any recognition at all to
      the tricolour was in 1949 when the Government of India
      made written allegiance to the Constitution and the
      National Flag one of the conditions for lifting the
      ban imposed on the Sangh after the murder of Gandhiji.
      Article 5 of the first written constitution of the RSS
      states: �While recognizing the duty of every citizen
      to be loyal to and to respect the State Flag, the
      Sangh has as its flag, the �Bhawa Dhwaj� � the age-old
      symbol of Hindu culture.� The usual double-edged
      meaning of RSS statements is unmistakeable. The
      Tiranga is termed the State flag, not the National
      flag. And `while� it may `recognize the duty of every
      citizen�, the Sangh still requires its members,
      �integral parts of Hindu Rashtra� as the shakha prayer
      describes them, to owe primary allegiance to the
      `Bhagwa Dhwaj�.

      Better late than never. If at last the RSS and the
      Sangh Parivar are going to join the `national
      mainstream� and salute and honour the tricolour, then
      may we suggest that before any of their leaders
      forcibly, and in violation of the law, hoist the flag
      in Hubli or anywhere else again, they immediately
      hoist it first on RSS headquarters all over the
      country. To this end, we are gifting the RSS a flag to
      fly above their headquarters at Jhandewalan.


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