Saturday, May 28, 2005

INDIA: RSS on US terror list

After 9/11 the Sangh Parivar found global respectability as an "anti-terrorist" association. In return for India’s strong support of the Afghan War, and its reticence concerning Iraq, the Bush administration looked the other way as up to 300,000 anti-Muslim and anti-Christian shakhas were established under RSS auspices to "educate" the public in the virtues of Hindutva. These training camps mirror the militant function of Islamic madrassas in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and increasingly in Bangladesh, with the two movements fueling each other’s xenophobic violence. Ironically, Hindutva spells the death of Hinduism’s core principles of tolerance and nonviolence, as personified in Gandhi.

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