Deflated: “Ghar Wapasi” Balloon of RSS: Open Letter to Shri Mohan Bhagwat;

I am citizen of this great country called India, also known as Bharat, is a Union of States. It is a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic with a parliamentary system of government. The Republic is governed in terms of the Constitution of India which was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th November, 1949 and came into force on 26th January, 1950. This Constitution is Supreme and it has given me the right of Equality and FREEDOM of CHOICE to choose my Religion. I am PROUD to be an INDIAN. No one can prevent me from following my Religion. GREG MOHAN BHAGWAT....1

AN OPEN LETTER TO SHRI MOHAN BHAGWAT, SARSANGHCHALAK OF RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGHA (RSS)

  GREG R PEREIRA A7 Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Marve Rd. Malad (W), Mumbai – 400095; Contact: Cell: 9870719628; E Mail: pereiragreg1611@gmail.com To,                                                                                                                              3rd, February, 2015; Shri Mohan Bhagwat Sarsanghachalak, Rashtriya Swayansevak Sangha (RSS), Reshimbaug, Nagpur; Maharashtra; Mananiya Mohan Bhagwatji; before I come to the matter; let me introduce myself to you. I am an Indian Citizen following Christian Religion of Roman Catholic denomination. I am Catholic because I was born in a Catholic family and according to the rituals, was baptized to be so; therefore, I am Catholic. I am proud to be an Indian as well as to be a Catholic. And being Catholic does not make me a lesser Indian. INDIA that is BHARAT is my JANMABHOOMI and KARMABHOOMI TOO. You may wonder; why I am narrating my tale to you. Let me explain; this is in the context of your speech in Kolkata on 21st of December, 2014; where you staunchly defended Ghar Wapasi programmes by various fringe elements of your organization. At Kolkata you said, This is our own country, our Hindu Rashtra. What we have lost in the past, we will try to bring it back… if you don’t want to change into a Hindu, then you should not convert Hindus”. This clearly implies that it is at your behest these elements are active and running a so called Ghar Wapasi campaigns. Whose Ghar Wapasi are you talking about and Where to, Mr. Sarsanghachalak? Mr. Sarsanghachalak, if not me, my ancestors have certainly converted to Christianity, which I do not deny and for that matter none of the Indian Christian will do so. Why did they convert to Christianity? And the answer to this question is; because they could be Victims of Hindu Varna Vyavastha as it has been stated in two examples below. They converted to Christianity, Because they could be of lower cast and faced persecution at the hands of Upper Class Hindus to which you and your organization, the RSS belong. These persecutions still take place in remote areas of the country. Lower cast citizens are prevented from entering temples as well as using water from the wells belonging to Upper Class Hindus. Such stories do appear in media, sparsely though. The crux of the matter is, though our ancestors adopted Christian Religion, they were not Hindus but belonged to Communities of Tribes or Casts which the mainstream Hindus did not accept as Hindus. This theory applies to all the converts to various religions. Therefore, your logic of Ghar Wapsy is a flawed one. Your intention of Ghar Wapasi has different connotation, I believe, which I shall delve on, later in this write-up. Persecution of lower cast by Upper Caste Hindus has been there since ancient times. If one goes back to the period in Mahabharata; Eklavya was asked By Guru Dronacharya to cut his thumb even though Guru Dronacharya did not teach him personally. He only accepted students of Upper Class in his Gurukul and Eklavya belonged to lower cast (Tribe). Eklavya therefore, created Dronacharya’s image and took it as being his Guru, monitoring and inspiring him, and learnt the skill on his own. Yet, Guru Dronacharya asked for his thumb as Gurudakshina. Why did he do that? So that he would not compete with Arjun, who was favourite student of his and Eklavya was more talented than Arjun. In recent times, and you should not deny this; under the leadership of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the entire Dalit community embraced Buddhism. Would you ask your stooges to organize a campaign for their Ghar wapasi? I am sure; you would not; because you are well aware that Babasaheb Ambedkar had no choice but to take this drastic step. The reason for him to do so was, because the Dalits were a persecuted lot by upper caste Hindus; if this could happen to the person of Babasaheb’s stature; the Chairman of Drafting Committee of  the Indian Constitution; what about the others? Mr. Sarsanghachalak, ever since the BJP has come to power at the center, you and your stooges, with your blessings, have become active and have begun indulging in farce of Ghar Wapasi. You (RSS) talk about converting India (Bharat) into Hindu Rashtra but fail to accept that Indian Constitution is Supreme; which offers “FREEDOM OF CHOICE” to every citizen to practice their own religion. CONSTITUTION of INDIA is OUR SACRED BOOK guided by the VALUES of JUSTICE, LIBERTY, EQUALITY & FRATERNITY. Therefore, your call to convert the Country into HINDU RASHTRA certainly goes against the tenets of Indian Constitution, which can be termed as ANTI NATIONAL, in my opinion. Mr. Sarsanghchalak, putting a tilak on forehead to convert someone to Hinduism or pouring Holy water on the head, just to convert to Christianity is meaningless. Religion without Spiritual Value instilled in the minds of a person converting to any religion is of no value. It will only increase numbers. And that seem to be the intention of your stooges who make an offer of 2 and 5 lack to convert to Hinduism. Now is this not an inducement which you are so vocal about, when talking in case of conversion to Christianity? Since I am a Catholic, I wish to draw your attention to the contribution the community has made to this great country called India (Bharat), in the field of Education and Health. For that matter, other denomination of mainstream Christians are also contributing equally. Being a meager, just over two percent of the total population; what is the percentage of Education Institutions run by this small community? You find yourself. To your discomfort, majority of the students studying in these institutions are non Christians, including Hindus, who line up for admissions at the beginning of every academic year. Many of the stalwarts, who are serving this country, within and abroad, have passed out from these institutions; have they been converted by force or by inducement? Ask them. In comparison, what is the contribution of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)? Ask yourself and also please let us know. Education is the backbone of country’s progress, not the Religion. Religion is personal belief of the person, individual. Mr. Sarsanghachalak, this campaign started by these fringe elements with blessings from the parent organization that is RSS is nothing but a farce to create disturbance in the country and to stall development process, taken up by Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. To my mind, it seems that popularity of Shri Narendra Modi is sulking in the eyes of bigwigs of the Sangha Parivar; and by diverting the attention of the country towards communal disturbances it is trying to derail Development process, for which he has been voted to power. Every community, across the board, voted for Good Governance and Development, Mr. Modi promised to the nation. Christian community in Mumbai ignored BJP’s communal policies and voted for its candidates in Mr. Narendra Modi’s name. Mr. Gopal Shetty was elected to Parliament from North Mumbai Constituency, with thumping majority. Ms Poonam Mahajan too defeated congress candidate Ms Priya Dutt with a large margin. Both constituencies have majority of Christian voters, who voted for BJP candidates en masse, in the name of Narendra Modi. It would not have been possible for them to win, otherwise. Another reason for you to create communal disturbance within country by organizing Ghar Wapasi programmes could be to divert attention of the masses from failure of Modi government to deliver on the promises it made to the nation. If this is true, it certainly will be with connivance of Modi Government; and it is for Mr. Narendra Modi to clarify. However, PM Modi’s Silence on this disturbed situation in the country, caused by these communal forces, compels us to believe his complicity in Ghar wapasi programmes, clandestinely. “Hindu women must produce Four/Five/ Ten Children”; a call that has been given by some of the elements within Sangha Parivar, wanting to disrupt the country’s sanctity, and is resonating all over. You know which elements I am talking about. Mr. SarsanghaChalak, How many Children a woman should bear is her personal choice. But forcing a woman to produce as many children, just to increase number, is sheer injustice to her. Besides, her husband could use her as a machine without understanding the consequences; the poor and the illiterate ones, I mean. Mr. SarsanghaChalak, The Sikhs and Jains, whom you considered as Hindus, have distanced themselves from Hinduism. A Sikh Rights Group, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) in US Court has filed a petition to designate RSS as Terror Group; “A foreign Terrorist Organisation”; which has been widely reported in media. What do you have to say about it? Coming back to religious conversion topic, I being a Catholic, proudly state that anyone who is willing to understand Christian Values and follow them is welcome. Christianity is known for its value of LOVE, JUSTICE, PEACE, SERVICE, JOY, FORGIVENESS, HOPE, FAITH etc. Reproducing herewith the statement of, one of the senior most patriarch of Catholics, which has been reported in the media; “A person who wishes to convert to the Catholic faith must undergo a rigorous two-year training programme before doing so. After the programme, we need a letter from a priest endorsing that the person has understood the religion before he/she is allowed to convert,“ Cardinal Oswald Gracias; Archbishop of Mumbai; Feb 01 2015 : The Times of India (Mumbai); Mr. SarsanghChalak, would you then consider this a FORCED CONVERSION? Mr. SarsanghaChalak, what is the ideology of RSS? And is it meant for betterment of the Country? From the action seen on ground, I don’t think that you are concerned with Development and Progress of the Country, but are hell bent on taking the country back to Stone Age. Your actions are aimed at disturbing the Peace and Harmony of the Country, fragmenting it in different directions. It is needless to say that Without Peace and Harmony, it is difficult for any country to progress…There are external forces, trying to destabilize the country by creating disturbance……Their actions, certainly are Anti Nationals. How is RSS different from them Mr. SarsanghaChalak, if you too try and do the same? Would you be kind enough to explain? The wounds of KANDHAMAL in Odisha, are yet to be healed. Who is responsible for that carnage, slaughter of adivasis and what was their fault; just because they were the followers of Christian faith? Just because they followed Christian faith, they are LESSER INDIANS?… “The anti-Christian violence that took lives of total of 39 persons, including 2 police personnel and 3 rioters while the Human Rights groups estimate to over 100 persons killed, including disabled and elderly persons, children, men and women. The communal frenzy engulfed more than 600 villages at least 6500 houses were looted and burnt with 54000 were made homeless; 315 churches and worship places razed and gutted in fire; 35 schools, philanthropic institutions including leprosy homes, tuberculosis sanatoriums; and a dozen of non-profit organisations were looted, damaged and burnt down. It was estimated that more than 10,000 children dropped out of schools due to displacement and security while thousands were pushed to unhygienic relief camps for nearly three years” (COUNTER CURRENTS.ORG). Could you call this as your contribution to the progress of the nation? Recent spurt of attacks on the Churches in Capital, right under the nose of Narendra Modi Government, does not surprise anyone. Some elements have started glorifying Shri Nathuram Godse, the person who was convicted for assassination of FATHER OF THE NATION, MAHATMA GANDHI. Is this not an antinational act? RSS was banned by then home minister, Sardar Patel for its complicity in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. “In their resolution of February 2, 1948 the Government of India declared their determination to root out the forces of hate and violence that are at work in our country and imperil the freedom of the Nation and darken her fair name. In pursuance of this policy the Government of India have decided to declare unlawful the RSS.” [Cited in Justice on Trial, RSS, Bangalore, 1962, p. 64.]….Can you explain this Mr. SarsanghaChalak? Aren’t your activities now, similar to what they were then? In one of the media report from Nagpur, then, (FEB.5); stated that ‘R. S. S. Leader Presented Godse with Revolver’. Would you deny this Mr. SarsanghaChalak? Let me quote to you Mr. MJ Akbar’s reply to a Pakistani Journalist, ”Hindus did not get India, Secular People got India, I don’t live in the Hindu Rashtra, the day my country India becomes a Religious Rashtra it will suffer the same fate as Pakistan. So Muslims and Hindus and Sindhis and Christians and Jews and Sikhs and everyone got India; for better or for worse”. How true it is Mr. Sarsanghckalak. I am sure; you will understand the substance of it. Mr. Sarsanghckalak, RSS is a large organization, having around 50,000 shakhas with membership of around 5/6 Millions. Use this manpower to protect the country from external forces, bent on destabilizing it, instead of using them to create disturbances internally and destabilizing our MOTHER INDIA. I am a PROUD INDIAN AND PROUD CHRISTIAN too. GREG R. PEREIRA, Copy to : 1.     Shri Pranab Mukharjee: Honourable President of India:

  1.     Shri Narendra Modi: Honourable Prime Minister of India;
  2.     Shri Mohammed Hamid Ansari: Honourable Chairman, Rajya Sabha;
  3.    Ms. Sumitra Mahajan : Honourable Speaker of Loksabha;
  4.     Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad: Honourable Leader of Opposition; Rajya Sabha

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23 Comments

  1. Silent Voice said,

    March 17, 2015 at 10:29 pm

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    stmichael.em@gmail.com

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    to emm—2012, M.O.M.

    We need faithful and strong Catholics like this gentleman, to defend the Catholic faith in all circumstances and not sucumb to appeasement. In the words of Jesus, ” Well done good and faithful servant! “.

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  2. Silent Voice said,

    March 17, 2015 at 10:36 pm

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    A.M.D.G.

    Dear Greg
    A friend of mine the in U S of A sent me this open letter of yours.
    I want take this oportunity to say a big Thank you for being brave and bold to defend the Catholic Faith. It take a Strong Spiritual person have the guts a gift of the Holy Spirit to stand up to such persecution to the Catholic Faith.
    reading your letter gives me the courage and strength to continue to be firm in defending the Faith, all the teaching and the doctrins of the Catholic Church.
    God bless you always.
    Anthony Murray
    Colaba

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