Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Communal Organisations Freedom

FIR filed against Gandhian intellectual for criticising the RSS

Sabrang Staff 22 Aug 2019

Two members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have filed two identical FIRs in two different police stations in Odisha accusing Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) chief Kumar Prashant of 'conspiring against the nation'. It is being seen in yet another brazen attempt to hide uncomfortable facts and gag dissenting opinions



Image Courtesy:Indialogue Foundation
 
Speaking at the three day ‘Gandhi Katha’  in Bhubaneshwar, organised as a part of the sesquicentennial celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, Kumar Prashant had said the RSS played no role in India’s freedom struggle. He also said that Vinayak Damodar (‘Veer’) Savarkar had collaborated with the British to get out of the Cellular jail in Andaman. On abrogation of Article 370, Mr Prashant had said that it was an ‘undemocratic’ measure taken without taking the people of the Kashmir into confidence. He compared it to what Mohammed Ali Jinnah did to partition the country.

The FIR in Lalbagh PS, Cuttack was signed by advocate Biswarajan Swain while the one in Phulbani, the district HQ of communally sensitive Kandhamal, was signed by advocate Bhagaban Mohaty. RSS state spokesperson Ravinarayan Panda, however, readily admitted that both are members of the Sangh. Mr Panda said that Kumar Prashant was a learned man and should read relevant literature to enlighten himself about the role of RSS in the Quit India movement and that Hedgewar was an eminent Congress leader before he broke off to form the RSS in 1925.

These claims have been summarily proved to be dubious. Mr. Panda can read about it here.

Established in 1958, the Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) is the leading organization working with Gandhian thoughts.  Kumar Prashant is the chairman of GPF and a well known Gandhian intellectual.
 

FIR filed against Gandhian intellectual for criticising the RSS

Two members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have filed two identical FIRs in two different police stations in Odisha accusing Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) chief Kumar Prashant of 'conspiring against the nation'. It is being seen in yet another brazen attempt to hide uncomfortable facts and gag dissenting opinions



Image Courtesy:Indialogue Foundation
 
Speaking at the three day ‘Gandhi Katha’  in Bhubaneshwar, organised as a part of the sesquicentennial celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, Kumar Prashant had said the RSS played no role in India’s freedom struggle. He also said that Vinayak Damodar (‘Veer’) Savarkar had collaborated with the British to get out of the Cellular jail in Andaman. On abrogation of Article 370, Mr Prashant had said that it was an ‘undemocratic’ measure taken without taking the people of the Kashmir into confidence. He compared it to what Mohammed Ali Jinnah did to partition the country.

The FIR in Lalbagh PS, Cuttack was signed by advocate Biswarajan Swain while the one in Phulbani, the district HQ of communally sensitive Kandhamal, was signed by advocate Bhagaban Mohaty. RSS state spokesperson Ravinarayan Panda, however, readily admitted that both are members of the Sangh. Mr Panda said that Kumar Prashant was a learned man and should read relevant literature to enlighten himself about the role of RSS in the Quit India movement and that Hedgewar was an eminent Congress leader before he broke off to form the RSS in 1925.

These claims have been summarily proved to be dubious. Mr. Panda can read about it here.

Established in 1958, the Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) is the leading organization working with Gandhian thoughts.  Kumar Prashant is the chairman of GPF and a well known Gandhian intellectual.
 

Related Articles

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Theme

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Campaigns

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

IN FACT

Analysis

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Archives