Historical meet of Dalit panther leader and RSS chief

via HK published on September 2, 2006

New Delhi:It would have certainly send shivers down the spines of many conversion activists and the political lobbies. But the events of last Wednesday which the media conveniently forgot to mention are something like a turning point in the recent history of the Hindus.

Last Wednesday one of the greatest RSS baiter off all times, founder president of the Dalit Panthers and an eminent poet Shri Namdeo Dhasal shared dais with the RSS chief Shri K. Sudarshan at a book release function.

The Dalit panthers have traditionally looked down at the RSS as representing the Brahminical order. Ironically at this function Shri. Dhasal released a book by the RSS on the sufferings of the RSS. The Dalit Panthers were formed in 1973 and have many likings to the ‘Black Panthers’ of the west.

Namdeo Dhasal is a Sahitya Akademi Award winner. He said he was no more afraid that his leftist friends would pounce on him for changing camps. He has realized that his mission has many similarities with the Sangh of strengthening National Unity and Social integrity. He said he believes the RSS is one organization that is actually working to eliminate caste and sub castes and the rest of the political arena was simply thriving on the caste based politics.

He praised the work of the RSS and Samarasta Manch in its work to eliminate the concept of castiesm from the country.

RSS chief K Sudarshan said the pain and anguish of
“our people have to be understood honestly. The Dalits are our own flesh and blood, but because of some ill practices and social evils the practice of untouchability has brought havoc on those who were an integral part and defenders of dharma. This has to be corrected through our deeds and actions.”

The RSS chief said had never accepted any kind of casteism among its cadres. He said the year of Shri Guruji, the second Sarsanghachalak of the RSS, had been devoted to working for social harmony and lakhs of RSS workers had reached out to the Dalits.

An unusual kinship was thus effected at the release of the book Samaraste Ke Sutra (threads of harmony), which contains articles from Dalit writers and social activists working among Dalits and is edited by Tarun Vijay, Editor of the RSS weekly Panchjanya and Ramesh Patange, Editor of the Marathi weekly Vivek , also an RSS publication.

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