- View SourceJoin 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
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
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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