Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh today expressed concern over infiltration of RSS into branches of state apparatus and civil services, while likening the Sangh's right-wing ideology to that of Hitler in Nazi Germany.
At a convention to mark 10 years of the 2002 Gujarat riots, Singh said the state had turned out to be a somewhat successful "laboratory" for communal forces which are working throughout India to further their agenda.
"Our fight is against an ideology that preaches hatred. The way Hitler used such an ideology and gave it a colour of nationalism, communal forces in India are also working on these lines," he said.
Singh said the infiltration of people associated or linked to the ideology of RSS into civil and police services was an issue of concern.
"The dangerous question is how people like Colonel Purohit and Major Upadhyay of military intelligence are into these things. Why do we see people of such an ideology active in institutional forces like IAS, IPS and even judiciary?" he said.
Expressing concern over right-wing ideology being preached in RSS schools, he said Sangh outfits were also running "coaching classes" for UPSC aspirants.
"I get such information that Sangh outfits are running coaching classes for UPSC aspirants, who are helped by UPSC members. You will understand this when you analyse the people called for UPSC expert panel in the past few years, and see how many such candidates have made it to the IAS and other services," he said.
He rubbished perceptions that "speaking for minorities would invite a backlash from the majority" and recalled how he was labelled a "crazy person" when he first argued in 2001-02 that Sangh outfits were providing bomb making training.
"Gujarat was a laboratory for such an ideology and it was successful to some extent. Karnataka was now turning out to be another such laboratory, if corruption issues had not taken centrestage, this programme would have moved ahead," he said.
During the convention that also saw the release of a book 'Lest We Forget History', written by P G J Nampoothiri and Gagan Sethi compiling the incidents during the Gujarat riots, CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said the incidents in the state in 2002 showed how the impact of communal politics has entered "deep into our institutions, our police, bureaucracy and judiciary".
Karat said constitutional provisions like article 355, which mandates the union government to protect states against external aggression and internal disturbance, could have been used to intervene in Gujarat to prevent atrocities but this was not done.
"There are several such provisions which could have been used to intervene, but did we use them? Why did we become totally dependent on the courts?" she asked referring to the incidents of 2002.
She also pointed to the fact that even the SIT failed to pin a clear blame on Chief Minister Narendra Modi and instead turned up a "loophole".
"Intervention is also needed on the question of officers' postings. A lot depends of these postings," she said.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who also participated in the convention, stressed on the need to admit the mistakes of 2002 and said an "amnesia" was being forced in Gujarat.
Terming the last decade as "10 years of shame", IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who has testified against Modi, said Gujarat is now a place where democratic space has "shrunk" like never before.
"In 2002 Gujarat was a state of anarchy, now it is much more. Gujarat is fast moving towards fascism when all kinds of dissent is put out," he said.
He said "barbarians" were in power in Gujarat, and in such situation "justice never comes easy", especially, when the justice seekers are dealing with "tyrants".
"Modi has deflected every finger of criticism towards Gujarat and its people. We have to tell people that Modi is not Gujarat and that 2002 was a planned programme, and not an act of violence between two communities. In Gujarat, people are being misled," he said.
Bhatt said talks of development do not matter unless thins are set right and justice is done.
"There was a lot of talks of development in Nazi Germany too. Infrastructure was very good, industrial growth was unparalleled, but Hitler is not remembered for his efficiency, neither is Ravana remembered for making a Lanka of gold," he said.
Former Chief Justice J S Verma said South Africa has showed how truth and reconciliation are the only way forward but reconciliation is not possible if truth is denied continuously.
"Efforts must continue till complete reparation is done. Complete reparation and assurance of non-repetition," he said.
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