The correct picture of the viewpoint of Sardar Patel towards RSS

Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, is credited with uniting the small kingdom after the Indian freedom movement. He was one of Gandhi's nearest man. He led several satyagrahas during freedom movement. He had clamped restrictions on Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, but this is also true that he respected the Sangh and its works. This dissertation gives an insight into what was his opinion about RSS in light of controversies flying thick in the present political scenario.

The greatness of Vallabhbhai Patel is so towering that the entire country feels closer to him. Those, who wish to confine him within a party are insulting him. It was the Sardar, who had imposed restraints on RSS. Nevertheless, he held the high opinions for Sangh and its vocations. In one of his speeches, delivered in Punjab on 29 January 1948, Nehru had criticized the Sangh strongly, Emphasizing to pull it apart with its solid roots and stems. However, Sardar was then admiring Sangh during those times. In his speeches, given in December 1947 in Jaipur and in Lucknow in 1948, Sardar had publicly said that the people of Sangh were loyal to the nation. Targeting the groups that were hollering to clamp restrictions on RSS, he had said that penal actions are taken against mobsters, not against nationalists and Sangh volunteers.

Post Mahatma Gandhi's assassination period

January, 1948. The killer belonged to the Hindutva band. The Sangh fell within the circle of suspicion. The government imposed restrictions on Sangh on February, the 4rth. Restrictions were imposed by the Union ‘Home ministry' and the then Home Minister incidentally happened to be Sardar himself. The question that crops up here is how was the Sardar, being an admirer of Sangh could have clamped restrictions on the Sangh and how could the Sangh have treated the Sardar as among its admirers? To find the answers for these questions, we would have to peep into the past.

Tides turned afterwards against RSS

After the assassination of Gandhi, the atmosphere within the country became so much besmirched that the then Sar Sangh Sanchalak M S Golwarkar, alias Guruji , was arrested. This arrest was made under the CrPC 302 as if he was conniving in the murder of Mahatma. Very soon, the government realized its folly and the government removed this article, initiating his arrest under prohibitory laws. At that time, several officers of Sangh were also lodged in jails under the prohibitory act. Around 20000 homes of Sangh activists were searched out. However, not an evidence were found during this frenetic search to prove the involvement of RSS in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi. Pandit Nehru and his followers of leftist views were well acquainted with the views of Sardar towards RSS. They thought that the Home Minister Sardar Patel, with his soft approach towards RSS shall not be able to carry out the investigations against Sangh fairly.

After the imposition of restrictions on Sangh, Pandit Nehru wrote a letter to Sardar Patel on 26 February, 1948. Questions were raised in the letter to the effect that a lenient approach was taken in the investigations in respect of the case of Mahatma's killing. It was further written in the letter that the murder was in itself not an isolated incident. This was a part of the wider campaign of RSS. Worries were expressed in the letter that still meant Sangh activists were at large roaming freely. These agencies are in the habit of slacking after showing a little stiffness to crimes perpetrated. The most dangerous fact of this is that several of them have leanings towards the Sangh.

Sardar Patel replies back to Nehru

In a way, the letter reeked of suspicion against Patel. Sardar sent a detailed reply the next day. In his letter, he said, “I am monitoring the progress of the case related to Mahatma's murder daily. It is clear from the interrogation of the accused who have been arrested that they had no hands in GandhiJi's killing. So far as Delhi was concerned, he had no any information about the release of the main activists from there. I fully believe that all the chief Sangh volunteers of Delhi have been arrested. Golvarkar was released from jail six months after his arrest on 6th August, 1948. He expressed his desire to come to Delhi and meet Patel through a letter dated 11 August. Even after his release from jail, there were harsh restrictions on him to move outside Nagpur. This restriction was removed after the receipt of Golvarkar's letter addressed to Patel.

Sardar replies back to Golvarkar

In replies Golvarkar's letter of 11 August, Sardar Patel had written him back on the 11th August itself. He wrote, “You must be knowing my views on Sangh. These of mine gets clearer from my speeches delivered in Jaipur and Lucknow. There is no doubt about this that Sangh has served the society well. The youths of Sangh has defended the children and women from onslaughts by unsocial elements. I want to urge you to go again to my two speeches given in Jaipur and Lucknow and embrace the path shown by me through those speeches. I do firmly believe that the interests of both the Sangh and nation lies into that. If you follow the path shown, we could shake hands for the well being of the country. I have full faith that Sangh could carry out patriotic missions by joining hands with Congress and not by staying separately or opposing. In his letter dated 26 November, 1948, addressed to Guruji, Patel had written something similar like this, “I have only one piece of information for you that Sangh should adopt a new system and new policy. These new system and new policy should be in commensurate with the policies of the Congress.
Details and dates of letter have been quoted through the TOI.

Reconciling all the above mentioned developments in nutshell

From the above inductive facts, it becomes clear that a powerful group in Congress wanted the cooperation of RSS. Among them were included Sardar Patel, Purushotam Tandan and Dr Rajendra Prasad. Because of this alone, after removing restrictions from Sangh, a resolution was passed by the Congress Working Committee that volunteers of RSS could join Congress. At the time of passing this resolution, Pandit Nehru was in London attending the Common Wealth Conference. Nehru and his supporters were completely flabbergasted from this proposal. Soonafter his return from London, Nehru compelled the working committee to take back the resolution passed.Had that resolution stayed as it was passed, the people of Sangh who were inclined in politics would have made an exodus joining The Congress Party. Had this were so, Bhartiya Jan Sangh would not have taken birth in India. There would have been nothing like a party like the BJP in India. Despite this being so, Sangh would have been continuing till date. It was not born to merge with any political party.


The goal of RSS is hugely wide in dimensions. This is to encompass unto itself within its folds the entire society-life. Lastly, this event is also important that Guruji had the wishes to be present in the last journey of Sardar Patel and the Chief Minister of the then Central Province Ravi Shankar Shukla took Golvarkar there in aeroplane with him.


Guest Author: klpibus19 Oct 2021

stromectol liver [url=]stromectol 12mg[/url]

  • Do not include your name, "with regards" etc in the comment. Write detailed comment, relevant to the topic.
  • No HTML formatting and links to other web sites are allowed.
  • This is a strictly moderated site. Absolutely no spam allowed.
  • Name: