THE COMING TOGETHER OF HINDUS IS ITSELF A DIFFICULT THING. IN THE INITIAL DAYS OF OUR WORK, WHEN OUR KARYAKARTAS USED TO GO AND TALK TO HINDU EMINENCES ABOUT ORGANISING THE HINDUS, THEY USED TO SAY: ‘SHER KABHI JHUND MEIN NAHIN CHALTA’. BUT EVEN THAT LION
Speaking at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago, to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s address to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in that city in 1893, RSS chief MOHAN
BHAGWAT offered a vision of Hindus as a self-defeating people, a people of extreme ability, accomplishment and wisdom who failed to unite against common enemies. Who, in this metaphor though, are the wild dogs? If Bhagwat likened the Hindu to the tiger, a popular trope at the conference was to liken Hindu society to “small soft laddoo”.
The future vision being propogated was that “Hindu society must be like a big hard laddoo, difficult to break.” An inevitable collorary, though, to all the selfcongratulation inside the venue were the protests outside against “Hindu fascism”.