Tarun Vijay, former Rajya Sabha MP has come under the scanner for a rather unfortunate comment that he intended to make while defending India’s policy of anti-racism. He said: I don’t know who you are, whether you’re an Indian or you belong to some other nation. But you know the entire South India. There is Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra. There are black people all around. So if we were racists, why would we be living with these black people? You are denying us of our ancestory. You are denying us of our history. This is not good. We can be as good or as bad as any other human community. Vijay told the news presenter.
Although he said sorry for the statement via twitter, Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday criticized the former Rajya Sabha MP and asked whether he referring to the saffron party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members when he made that statement.
In an interview to a Television Channel, Vijay, when asked about why India was being called racist by practically everybody around, asserted that had India been racist then it wouldn’t have had a place for the South Indians.
Vijay’s comments have invited univocal wrath especially in the wake of reports of ‘racial’ attacks in various parts of the country. More than that, it has once again exposed that the Parliamentarians and Legislators in India are yet to understand how to conduct themselves with the general masses, public speaking and even debating in the Parliament or Legislative Assembly.
During the General Lok Sabha election 2014, most of the Political parties have warned the electorate about such dangers of fragmenting the nation through the saffron ideologies, although most of the political parties are being Court Martialled by the public for their racist remark or anti-feminist statements in different occasions, it only uncovered the bitter truth that our elected representatives need orientation guidance, particularly for public speaking and be a good orators.
The recent visit BJP National Vice President, Avinash Rai Khanna on April 7, 2017 in the state capital to guide the state leaders and workers in preparing the party for the upcoming 2018 state assembly elections, has ripped up various issues particularly on the Beef Ban in the Hindu states.
The fear psychosis actually has gripped Meghalaya while the state commemorated the 119th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on January 23, 2016. That year the public in state capital witnessed for the first time the cadets of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), numbering about 300 members, taking part in the march in the city to observe the day. Strangely, for the first time the eyewitnesses were numb and dumfounded at the long queue of uniform rally which paraded from Jhalupara to Kyndailad (Police Bazar).
The cadets mainly are members from Jaintia and Khasi Hills districts, including two Christian members. The state leader, Mangkashang Khongshei, while expressing the victory of the peaceful march, added that they are concerned over the illegal immigration from Bangladesh that the state is being faced with. Unless there is unity, he fears that most parts of Meghalaya and North East will go to Bangladesh.
Strangely, there were no members from Garo Hills. Khongshei stated that the plain belts in the Garo Hills region of the state are also mostly inhabited by illegal immigrants. He stressed that the illegal immigrants are taking advantage of the weak social system and entering the state as laborers.
While clarifying that RSS is not related to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is in power at the centre, the state’s unit here taking advantage of the situation pointed out that Meghalaya is a failed state and that it is giving no hope to the people. It harped that the present state government has failed to come up with proper policies which will address issues related to education, youths, farmers and others.
A similar march was also taken out in Dibrugarh by Jila RSS Path Sonsolon.
The RSS, by strengthening its units across the North East (NE) region, claims to aim at restoring unity amongst all communities and also to honestly serve the people and promote the society especially with regard to preserving one’s own indigenous beliefs.
However, social networking sites did not fail to warn the self-claimed Christian state against the uprising of such Hindu nationalists - a right-wing volunteer organization. RSS is a National Volunteer Organisation or National Patriotic Organisation, a non-governmental organisation with its ideology based on the principle of selfless service to India.
The general public in the state capital of course have witnessed such huge number of volunteers for the first time; many are seeking explanation regarding their presence in Meghalaya from the state government.
The RSS has been in Meghalaya for decades now and has been functioning along with some of the local organizations and various denominations of traditional religious sects in providing health care in rural areas and health services in the city. They also provide education to many under privileged sections of the students through their institutions spread across the nation, but mostly in South India. Many of the vernacular media houses have benefited being the mouth piece in spreading their ideologies and propaganda in the state for decades.
Over 300 RSS cadets who took part in the rally did not assemble overnight; most of them are the beneficiaries of the services rendered by the central unit. More than commemorating the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, they managed to exhibit a show of strength about their presence in this hills state in particular and North eastern region in general.
However, more than contemplating the impact of the RSS in Meghalaya, it is much more beneficial as the masses demand that all the elected representatives, irrespective of their political affiliations should undergo orientation for the benefit of the nation, otherwise, all such unhealthy remarks will keep dividing the nation.