The Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its members have been in the tradition of giving their own twist to scientific principles and historic events, and now a book by one of the RSS founders Ganesh Damodar Savarkar has claimed that Jesus Christ was actually a Tamil Hindu.
The 1946 book re-issued by Mumbai based right wing trust is titled Christ Parichay, and while it doesn't specify Christ's birthplace, it claims that Palestinian and Arab territories were Hindu land and Christianity is a cult of Hinduism.
It says, Jesus Christ's parents were Tamil Hindus, his mother tongue was Tamil (Arvam=Aram=Aramaic) and Jesus was dark complexioned like Tamils. It also claims, Christianity a cult of Hinduism and Christ was firmly believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu by the followers residing in Palestine and neighbouring areas.
While one can't help but wonder how members of the RSS manage to come up with extraordinary revelations, here are some more enlightening words from RSS leaders.
Ram Madhav on Akhand Bharat:
While the partition is a major event in history which divided India into two and later three countries, the RSS believe that in reality the undivided Hindu land or undivided India consisted of territories in present day India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Although the possibilities of these countries being unified into one are bleak, RSS members in the ruling government that one day Akhand Bharat will be a reality, The Indian Express reported.
“The RSS still believes that one day these parts, which have for historical reasons separated only 60 years ago, will again, through popular goodwill, come together and Akhand Bharat will be created."
Dinanath Batra on science and technology:
While the RSS is known for reminding the world of India's glorious past, former General Secretary of RSS school network Vidya Bharti, Dinanath Batra has been digging out instances of how Indians had come up with scientific breakthroughs thousands of years back.
Daily Mail reported as he pointed out a mind boggling example of stem cell technology being developed, mentioned in the Mahabharata.
"Kunti had a bright son like the sun itself. When Gandhari, who had not been able to conceive for two years, learnt of this, she underwent an abortion. From her womb a huge mass of flesh came out. (Rishi) Dwaipayan Vyas was called. He observed this hard mass of flesh and then he preserved it in a cold tank with specific medicines.
"He then divided the mass of flesh into 100 parts and kept them separately in 100 tanks full of ghee for two years. After two years, 100 Kauravas were born of it. On reading this, he (Matapurkar) realised that stem cell was not his invention. This was found in India thousands of years ago.”
And then Mr. Batra very accurately explained how the modern day automobiles are just a variation of a medieval chariot.
"Usually a rath (chariot) is pulled by horses but an anashva rath means the one that runs without horses or yantra-rath, what is today a motorcar. The Rig Veda refers to this.”
Muslim Rashtriya Manch:
The RSS recently launched a Muslim wing of the organisation to reach out to the community with which the sangh has had an uncomfortable relationship. While the beef ban developed into a major controversy, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch tried to explain why Muslims should stay away from beef.
A booklet titled 'Cow and Islam' by the group said,
"Babur is said to have “taken over” his son’s disease before his death, and claims that some Gau Mahima (cow glory) behind this incident may have impelled him to instruct Humayun to act against cow slaughter."
In addition to citing remarkable methods of medical treatment used by Muslim kings, the booklet also showed how cow dung is protection against radioactivity, The Hindu reported.
"Cow dung can render hydrogen and atom bombs 'ineffective.' Radioactivity does not affect a place painted with cow dung or affects it only marginally"
The flag debate:
The Sangh has been known for its opposition to the tricolour, and while it hoisted it at the RSS headquarters on Independence Day in 1947 and Republic Day in 1950, it avoided doing so for years to come.
The Hindu reported the RSS' logic behind their problem with India's national flag as explained by RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya.
“Quoting the discussions in the Flag Committee (constituted by Congress Working Committee in 1931), he explained how the stalwarts of the committee felt that representing different religions as colours of the national flag was in itself a communal thought and how the committee agreed that a saffron flag with a blue charkha would be the best representation of the Indian ethos”.
According to 'RSS Primer', years back an RSS English mouthpiece 'Organiser' carried an argument that,
"The people who have come to power by the kick of fate may give in our hands the Tricolor but it never be respected and owned by Hindus.The word three is in itself an evil, and a flag having three colours will certainly produce a very bad psychological effect and is injurious to a country."
About extermination of Jews by Nazis:
The RSS has been known for taking extreme positions, and while organisations affiliated to it have been at the centre of communal violence in the country, many have even compared it to Hitlers Nazi party by pointing out similarities in their ideas.
The Guardian reported that the second supreme leader of the RSS Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar wrote in his book 'Our Nationhood Defined' that,
"To keep up the purity of its race and culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races – the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here ... a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by."
About rape in India and in Bharat:
RSS has been a major player in Indian politics for decades, and while politicians across party lines were issuing outrageous statements about crimes against women, how could RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat have stayed out of the spotlight.
Amid the storm that took shape after the Nirbhaya rape case, NDTV reported that Bhagwat said,
“Crimes against women happening in urban India are shameful. But such crimes won’t happen in Bharat or the rural areas. You go to villages and forests and there will be no such incidents.”
The above compilation is just a fraction of information in comparison to the reservoir of mythical knowledge that is the RSS.