Sudhakaran tells Guv Khan – The New Indian Express

Express press service

T’PURAM/NEW DELHI: Renouncing silence on the Governor’s controversial claim that Jawaharlal Nehru invited RSS workers to participate in the Republic Day parade in 1963, the state Congress on Tuesday demanded that Arif Mohammed Khan apologizes for “statement based on false story”.
“The governor should not condone the outright lies propagated by the RSS. It is not proper for a governor to make such false statements. The governor who holds the highest constitutional office should not stoop to such a level,” state congress speaker K Sudhakaran told TNIE.

When contacted, opposition leader VD Satheesan chose not to comment on the matter, saying he was unaware of what happened in 1963. The governor’s claim during from Monday’s press conference again shed light on the veracity of RSS’s claims that he participated. during the 1963 Republic Day Parade at the invitation of Nehru, who was impressed with the services of the outfit’s volunteers during the 1962 Indochina War.

The RSS raises this claim whenever its track record is questioned. After a controversy erupted over former President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to his headquarters in 2018, RSS again recalled his participation in the 1963 Republic Day parade. Defense to an RTI filed by a publishing house lends no credence to the Sangh’s claims. The department said: “It is advised that records relating to the composition of the 1963 Republic Day parade are not available.”

Against the RTI report, RSS leader J Nandakumar told TNIE that RSS’s participation in the parade was well documented and was published by the Hindustan newspaper at the time. Photographs of the volunteers have also been released, he added.

“RTI gives information based on the documents available in the archives. Even Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s documents are not available. This evidence could also have been destroyed, although I am not sure. The ruling dispensation, during this time, might have chosen not to preserve some inconvenient truths,” Nandakumar said.

However, senior congressman Veerappa Moily told TNIE that the RSS helps to polarize the country along communal lines and that no amount of assertion can give them credibility. “Nehru did not mention anything like this in his autobiography. RSS may have been involved, but that wouldn’t give them any credibility. Maybe at that time Nehru must have enjoyed social work, but I don’t know that,” he said.

Ramesh Chennithala, a senior congressman from Kerala, supports this view. “It’s an old story. The situation was different in 1963. Today, the RSS is determined to divide the country along communal lines,” he said.

T’PURAM/NEW DELHI: Renouncing silence on the Governor’s controversial claim that Jawaharlal Nehru invited RSS workers to participate in the Republic Day parade in 1963, the state Congress on Tuesday demanded that Arif Mohammed Khan apologizes for “statement based on false story”. “The governor should not condone the outright lies propagated by the RSS. It is not proper for a governor to make such false statements. The governor who holds the highest constitutional office should not stoop to such a level,” state congress speaker K Sudhakaran told TNIE. When contacted, opposition leader VD Satheesan chose not to comment on the matter, saying he was unaware of what happened in 1963. The governor’s claim during from Monday’s press conference again shed light on the veracity of RSS’s claims that he participated. during the 1963 Republic Day parade at the invitation of Nehru, who was impressed with the services of the outfit’s volunteers during the 1962 Indochina War. The RSS raises this claim whenever his background is handed over in question. After a controversy erupted over former President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to his headquarters in 2018, RSS again recalled his participation in the 1963 Republic Day parade. Defense to an RTI filed by a publishing house lends no credence to the Sangh’s claims. The department said: “It is advised that records relating to the composition of the 1963 Republic Day parade are not available.” Against the RTI report, RSS leader J Nandakumar told TNIE that RSS’s participation in the parade was well documented and was published by the Hindustan newspaper at the time. Photographs of the volunteers have also been released, he added. “RTI gives information based on the documents available in the archives. Even Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s documents are not available. This evidence could also have been destroyed, although I am not sure. The ruling dispensation, during this time, might have chosen not to preserve some inconvenient truths,” Nandakumar said. However, senior congressman Veerappa Moily told TNIE that the RSS helps to polarize the country along communal lines and that no amount of assertion can give them credibility. “Nehru did not mention anything like this in his autobiography. RSS may have been involved, but that wouldn’t give them any credibility. Maybe at that time Nehru must have enjoyed social work, but I don’t know that,” he said. Ramesh Chennithala, a senior congressman from Kerala, supports this view. “It’s an old story. The situation was different in 1963. Today, the RSS is determined to divide the country along communal lines,” he said.