Once there was a Proud Hindu Communalist, Sitaram Goel

Sitaram Goel

Veer Savarkar said,

No movement is condemnable simply because it is sectional. So long as it tries to defend the just and fundamental rights of a particular nation or people or community against the unjust and overbearing aggression of other human aggregates and does not infringe on an equal just right and liberties of others, it cannot be condemned or looked down simply because the nation or community is a smaller aggregate in itself. But when a nation or community tread upon the rights of sister nations or communities and aggressively stands in the way of forming larger associations and aggregates of mankind, its nationalism or communalism becomes condemnable from a human point of view. This is the acid test of distinguishing a justifiable nationalism or communalism from an unjust and harmful one. The Hindu Sanghatan movement, call it national, communal or parochial as you like stands as much justified by this real test as our Indian Patriotism can be.

But after the sun of Hindu Mahasabha sank there remained no national political figure who could speak the truth so candidly and stand by it firmly. Then the torch of Dharma was strongly held by two scholars Ramswaroop and Sitaram Goel. Despite countless odds, these two presented Hindu reply to alien ideologies. In this article, we shall briefly discuss the latter.

A Marxist in early life, Sitaram Goel became a champion of Hindu Dharma after he came in contact with Ramswaroop.

Sitaram Goel (right) with Ram Swarup (right)
Sitaram Goel (right) with Ram Swarup (right)

In the 1960s, Sitaram Goel was writing for the Organiser. He wrote a series ‘In defense of Comrade Krishna Menon’. This was widely read and praised but he lost his job because RSS leadership did not want him to be extremely critical of Nehru and Congress Party. He single-handedly defended Hindu dharma against Nehruvian, Marxist ideologies and Christianity and Islam as well.

He was neither a mass leader nor a godman but an invincible soldier of Sanatan Dharma. In his own words,

”My heart bleeds when I see this great society being attacked by sheer barbarians whose only weapon is either a criminal theology masquerading as a religion, or a materialist dogma sustained by the lowest in human nature, or phony modernism parroting the latest slogans from the West. My mind is deeply disturbed when I witness the leaders of this great society going on the defensive in the face of wanton aggression from inhuman ideologies whose only stock-in-trade is self-righteous spite.”

In 1980, Sitaram Goel wrote a series ‘Muslim Separatism: Causes and Consequences’. RSS leadership became furious. The series was censored by the Organiser and KR Malkani who was the editor for the last 3 decades was sacked for he supported Goel.

In the late 1980s he wrote on the destruction of Hindu temples by Muslims it was published by the Indian Express and the editor Arun Shourie was fired. In 1990 while releasing 2 books published by the voice of India, Mr. LK Adwani chided Goel for using ‘strong language. Books of Sitaram Goel were the major reason behind the Hindu resurgence of the 80s and 90s. He wrote dozens of books.

Given below is the list of Sitaram Goel’s books you must read.

  • Hindu Society under Siege (1981, revised 1992);
  • Story of Islamic Imperialism in India (1982);
  • How I Became a Hindu (1982, enlarged 1993);
  • Defense of Hindu Society (1983, revised 1987);
  • The Emerging National Vision (1983);
  • History of Heroic Hindu Resistance to Early Muslim Invaders (1984);
  • Perversion of India’s Political Parlance (1984);
  • Secularism, another name for treason (1985);
  •  Papacy, Its Doctrine, and History (1986);
  •  The Calcutta Quran Petition by Chandmal Chopra (a collection of texts alleging a causal connection between communal violence and the contents of the Quran; 1986, enlarged 1987 and again 1999);
  • Muslim Separatism, Causes, and Consequences (1987);
  •  Foreword to Catholic Ashrams, Adapting and Adopting Hindu Dharma
  •  History of Hindu-Christian Encounters (1989, enlarged 1996);
  •   Hindu Temples, What Happened to Them (1990 vol.1; 1991 vol.2, enlarged 1993);
  •   Genesis and Growth of Nehruism (1993);
  •    Jesus Christ: An Artifice for Agrression (1994);
  •   Time for Stock-Taking (1997), a collection of articles critical of the RSS and BJP;
  •   Preface to the reprint of Mathilda Joslyn Gage: Woman, Church, and State (1997, ca. 1880), an early feminist critique of Christianity;
  •  Preface to Vindicated by Time: The Niyogi Committee Report (1998), a reprint of the official report on the missionaries’ methods of subversion and conversion (1955).

Most of these books of Sitaram Goel are available free of cost on voiceofdharma.org

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