The idea of Akhand Bharat can be understood in cultural terms, indeed, the entire subcontinent is culturally bonded. However, it means different to the Hindutva ideologues than they explain. The conflict props up in intense conversations, and this article is a fine example of such duality.
I distinctly remember the sigh of relief when Vajpayee visited Minar e Pakistan, much was written about it, to the Pakistanis it was an acknowledgement of the sovereign nation of Pakistan and a good sign of relief from the frightening idea of Akhand Bharat; which meant ambitious taking over of Pakistan and Hinduizing it. That was the time, the concept should have been clarified, that it was not, but the hidden agenda prevented the RSS from expressing it.
The present inclusive sounding rhetoric from the RSS should always be welcomed. However the rhetoric remains empty if it is not matched by actions - like condemning the idea of coercive Ghar Wapsi. Instead they can set up missions and lure people with money, jobs, clothes, dignity and equality, can they offer that? It also means believing and practicing equal rights in housing, education, employment etc, is RSS willing to do that?
Hindu majority believes and practices Pluralism, as is the case with Muslim, Christian or other majorities, they respect the otherness of others, and have no problem with what others eat, drink, wear or believe, but do the RSS ideologues believe in that genuine Hindu ethos of Pluralism?
Until RSS becomes inclusive and their talks and acts starts welding together, and the ideals of live and let live becomes the norm, the idea of Akhand Bharat is as bad as the Islamist idea of Islamic nation. Neither will ever happen, as the ideas are not inclusive.
A self-goal by the RSS
The Akhand Bharat controversy exposes the Sangh’s ideological dogmas and difficulties. Written by Sudheendra Kulkarni
Published:Jan 6, 2016, 1:01 - Courtesy of Indian Express - http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/a-self-goal-by-the-rss/