Freedom fighter Rajguru, who was despatched to the gallows with Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev for the assassination of British police officer JP Saunders in Lahore in 1928, was related to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a brand new guide written by former RSS pracharak (functionary) and journalist Narendra Sehgal claims.
The assertion made within the guide Bharatvarsh ki Sarvang Swatantrata (The whole freedom of India), copies of which have been circulated on the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha held in Nagpur in March, is an try by the organisation to “clear the air” on its position in the course of the freedom battle, mentioned its creator.
In a chapter titled Swayamsevak Swatantrata Senani (RSS freedom fighters), Sehgal writes that Rajguru visited the RSS headquarters in Nagpur after Sander’s assassination, which was carried out to avenge the dying of Lala Lajpat Rai who succumbed to the accidents he acquired throughout police motion when he was main a march in Lahore in 1928 towards the Simon Fee.
In accordance with Sehgal, Rajguru met KB Hedgewar, the founding chief of the RSS, who organized for a secure home for him and suggested him to not go to his residence in Pune whereas the police have been on the look out for him. Sehgal additionally claims that Rajguru was a swayamsevak with the Mohite Bagh Shakha (unit) of the RSS.
“On listening to of their sacrifice [the execution of Rajguru and other], Guruji [Hegdewar] was unhappy, not shocked. He instructed his associates that their sacrifice won’t go in useless,” Sehgal writes.
“This truth has been recorded in some publications of the RSS; it was first talked about in a guide in 1960 by Narayan Hari,” Sehgal mentioned, when requested in regards to the veracity of the declare.
Nevertheless, dismissing the claims, historian Aditya Mukherjee mentioned it was a “ridiculous try [by the RSS] to acceptable an icon simply because it has achieved with BR Ambedkar, Swamy Vivekanand and Bal Gangadhar Tilak”.
Professor Chaman Lal, a former JNU professor who has edited a guide titled Bhagat Singh Aur Unke Sathiyon Ke Dastavej (The paperwork of Bhagat Singh and his associates) additionally debunked the speculation.
“Earlier, the RSS tried to counsel that Bhagat Singh was related to them. There is no such thing as a proof to counsel Bhagat Singh or Rajguru have been a part of the RSS; the biographies written by their associates additionally don’t make any point out of those claims,” Lal mentioned.
Sehgal for his half mentioned the “info remained” undocumented for the reason that RSS “didn’t take credit score” for its position within the freedom battle.
“RSS staff joined Gandhiji in the course of the battle however they didn’t use the banner of the Sangh. Even in the course of the Emergency, a lot of individuals related to [socialist leader] Jayprakash Narayan have been from the RSS. Simply because they joined the actions with out utilizing the identify of the RSS doesn’t imply they didn’t take part within the freedom battle,” he mentioned.
Sehgal’s sentiment finds an echo in RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s foreword to the guide.
Bhagwat, too, has iterated that as a result of the RSS staff didn’t consider in claiming credit score, some “vested pursuits” have been denying the Sangh’s position within the freedom battle.
Sehgal instructed HT that owing to the rising presence and recognition of the ‘Hindutva motion’ after the revolt of 1857, the British “used AO Hume to type the Indian Nationwide Congress in 1885 to counter the expansion of the Hindutva motion. Later, the RSS was fashioned in 1925”.
After opposition events, significantly the Congress, accused the RSS of being liable for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, the Sangh brass instructed its cadre to put in writing books and distribute publications itemizing its position within the freedom battle.
These publications, as HT had reported earlier, have been meant to counter what it calls “propaganda” towards the Sangh.