Hard­line Ben­gal Hindu out­fit looks to eat into Sangh’s gains

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Snigdhendu Bhat­tacharya snigdhendu.bhat­tacharya@htlive.com

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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