When will RSS have Dalit or woman as 'Sarsanghchalak': Priyank Kharge

Bengaluru, Sep 6 (IANS): Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge on Wednesday locked horns with BJP national General Secretary B.L. Santhosh over Udhayanidhi Stalin's Sanatana Dharma remarks row.

Kharge questioned Santosh, “Your ideology opposed Guru Narayan, Basavanna, Babasaheb and continues to do so. No surprises at all. Prove us wrong and let us know that RSS has changed and believes in an equal society. Let me know, when will the RSS have a Dalit or a woman as a Sarsanghchalak?”

B.L. Santhosh replying to earlier comments of Kharge stated on Wednesday that, “When talking about facts you term it as WhatsApp university of which Congis are Vice Chancellors. It was evident the other day during Chandrayaan-3 launch. When short of facts this is your ‘comfortable’ pitch.

Earlier, Minister Priyank raised caste division issue while responding to the post by Santhosh which claimed that the "head can’t be chopped if there is an infection in the stomach" made in connection with eradication of Sanatana Dharma remark.

Continuing the argument, Santhosh, stated addressing Priyank Kharge that, “You are engaging in discussion. Good. Reform and exploitation are two ways of looking at the problem. From Buddha through Anna Basavanna to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar tried to REFORM society. They were successful in it.”

Santhosh stated, “Just some doubts Priyank Sir.. Why Congress didn’t allow Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to get elected if they respected him so much? Did you know it was Dattotpant Thengadi, a Pracharak who assisted Dr. B.R. Ambedkar?”

Answering to this, Priyank Kharge maintained, "always happy to clear your doubts, sir. If you have read Babasaheb’s writings enough you will not be asking naive questions like these and as usual running away from the real subject and trying to bat on a “comfortable” pitch will not help you as well.

“Let me share some historical facts (you will not find these in your WhatsApp University archives.) Babasaheb and Congress had many debates and differences, he himself has written a book. Read it.

"When he stood from Bombay North Central constituency from the Scheduled Caste Federation party, the Hindu Mahasabha too fought the election against him.

"Later, Dr. Ambedkar lost his Assembly seat due to Bengal’s division, necessitating fresh elections for Constituent Assembly in West Bengal and when it became evident that Babasaheb could not remain in the Assembly, the Congress recognized his value and decided to work for him.

"June 30, 1947, Dr. Rajendra Prasad wrote to B.G. Kher, Prime Minister of Bombay requested him to have Dr. B.R. Ambedkar elected to the Assembly on a Congress ticket."

"Not only did your ideological gurus oppose Babasaheb but also ran coalition governments with the Muslim League in Bengal and Sind, the North West Frontier Province too earlier.

"Dattopant Thengadi and Babasaheb’s relationship is a figment of RSS’ imagination and from WhatsApp university, so let it be. Coming to Babasaheb’s conversion to Buddhism and calling his conversion a useless act.

"Do you know what Savarkar said after Babasaheb converted to Buddhism? He says, “When these Mahar ‘untouchable’ folk coming from Sanatan Hindu majority villages go back to their villages now after embracing Buddhism at Nagpur will they be considered as ‘touchables’ only because they have now embraced Buddhism? It is impossible.”

"Babasaheb adopted Buddhism because it was the “most scientific religion.”

He said, “In the hymns of the Rig Veda, we see man’s thoughts turned outwards, away from himself, to the world of the gods.”

“Buddhism, directed man’s search inwards to the potentiality hidden within himself..Whereas the Vedas are full of “prayer, praise and worship” of gods, Buddhism aims at training the mind to make it act righteously,” Priyank stated in his post.






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  • Chaitra Pinto, Urwa - Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 07 2023

    Bharat has one.

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    Thu, Sep 07 2023

    fact is Congress opposed tribal candiate Murmu for Indian presidency , supported Yashwant sinha..Congress opposed Abdula Kalam, ..Congress opposed PC Alexander also..

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Never. RSS is of the brahmins by the brahmins and for the brahmins.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Rss is only for superior genes and brain washed inferior genes ..

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  • sense_shetty, Kudla,Mangalore,KodialGuthu

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Instill a sense of reverence and awe surrounding the divine, then present a solution while assuming the role of divine messengers. Build places of worship, proclaiming them as sanctuaries for purifying one's soul. Accumulate substantial donations, often reaching millions, while finding ways to circumvent tax responsibilities. Establish an alternative system of governance and utilize intellectual arguments to assert the superiority of your particular religious belief system. Perpetuate both a fear of God and a fear of others, and persist in these practices tirelessly. This is a method by which one can accumulate wealth across generations and maintain a position of privilege in society. The essence of the RSS lies in its caste-based classification. In contrast, in Tulunadu, a Dravidian land, we venerate local deities, and for us, Lord "Bermer" holds supreme importance, not Parashurama, who is considered of Aryan origin. Tulunadu represents the cradle of Dravidian culture, where we extended refuge to displaced Aryans who fled from as far as Afghanistan and sought sanctuary in the Dravidian subcontinent to escape the Mughal onslaught, beginning with Genghis Khan. The RSS should express gratitude to the Dravidian people for providing shelter and safeguarding them during their time of need.

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  • Thyampanna, Dubai/Kudla

    Thu, Sep 07 2023

    Aryan-Dravidian story is a myth spun by the westerners and busted by many scholars.....just google and build your knowledge...

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  • RAJESH, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    When INC has non Gandi President. RSS may have Dalits or women as sarsanghchalak in the future. But INC never going to have a non-gandhi President.

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  • Mohammed Ishaq, Riyadh - Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 07 2023

    Dear Rajesh, Mr. M allikarjuna Kharge, Gandhi family?

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  • RAJESH, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 07 2023

    For Namesake.

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  • Sangram Sangam, KUNDAPUR

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Why not lady CM from karnataka since 1947 from your party........................?

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  • Sangram Sangam, KUNDAPUR

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Why not Dalit CM in karnataka since 1947 from your party........................?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Only Dalits are exploited in India ...

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Mr. Priyank Kharge is right. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will never allow a Dalit to be their leader. Many Hindus from lower castes believe that the RSS will fight for their cause and improve their lives, but the RSS only appeases the higher-caste Brahmins.

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  • peace lover, Karkala

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Being Dalit is not a qualification. Having qualified for the top post, anyone can occupy it

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    In our society, discrimination persists where individuals belonging to the Dalit community are often denied access to interactions with those from upper castes, which makes it challenging for them to compete on an equal footing. For instance, during the inauguration of our parliament, our Dalit president was not granted permission to attend the event. Furthermore, if one examines the photographs from the inauguration, it becomes apparent that only Brahmin priests were permitted to take pictures with our prime minister.

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  • Chitra, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Dalits are scapegoats of political parties, they will never ever get their rights in India.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    but because of Congress at least they got good jobs and houses...otherwise even today they would have been made to do the menial jobs by the oonch community...Even now they are oppressed by the oonch in many parts of the country including karu nadu..

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    Dalits are an amalgam of many scheduled castes and tribes and include the Koragas and the old scavengers called Thotees who have now become respectable, but Dalits themselves make distinctions between lower and still lower castes. How many subcastes are noted in the Indian Census? When will the Priyanka Kharge, the Minister in KT and the AICC President get rid of this scourge within themselvs and come out clean

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Sep 06 2023

    lozzzzzzz...kya maara hai honourable kharge saab.....yeh oonch auur neech kabhi katam nahin hoga...only solution is to bring back the seculra and efficient non-saffron govt which only works for development of India...

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