Hardline Bengal Hindu outfit looks to eat into Sangh’s gains
At a time when the BJP and the RSS are gearing up to take on West Bengal’s ‘secular and liberal camp’, a newly-formed saffron outfit threatens to eat into the right-wing faction’s electoral gains.
Formed in 2008, the Hindu Samhati (HS) has started gaining prominence in the communallycharged politics of state by projecting itself as the ‘real protector’ of Hindus. Be it the violencehit Malda or Basirhat, HS members appeared to be more active in ‘safeguarding’ Hindus’ interests as compared to their Sangh Parivar counterparts.
“In West Bengal, the BJP and RSS are out to reap benefits of Hindus’ sentiments but are not ready to pay for it. All they do for the Hindus is lip-service. We are spoiling their plan of portraying BJP as the sole custodian of the rights of Hindus. That is why the RSS and BJP are our biggest critics,” said former RSS pracharak and HS founder Tapan Ghosh.
He had served as the Bajrang Dal’s coordinator in different parts of the country but parted ways in 2007, accusing Bengal RSS of ‘lacking courage’.
Ghosh has in the past opined that the Hindus need to be ‘more militant’ in order to resist what he called ‘Islamic and Christian aggression’ in the country.
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