Ambedkar’s great-grandson seeks ban on RSS


Holding the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliated organisations responsible for the murders of Gauri Lankesh, M.M. Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar, Dalit activist Rajaratna Ambedkar, great-grandson of B.R. Ambedkar, demanded that the government impose a ban on all right-wing Sangh Parivar organisations led by the RSS.

“All the accused so far arrested in the Gauri Lankesh and other such murder cases belong to right-wing organisations, including the Sanatan Sanstha. Banning those organisations that are directly linked to these murders alone wouldn’t help. Since they are wings of the RSS, a non-registered organisation, we demand that the government ban the RSS itself along with its affiliated organisations,” he said.

He was addressing mediapersons here on Saturday. He was here to participate in a public rally against the recent burning of a copy of the Constitution near Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

“The RSS never did accept the Constitution drafted by B.R. Ambedkar. It has its own Manusmriti-based Constitution. It has been opposing the Constitution which is committed to safeguarding the interests of marginalised sections. BJP leaders have been talking against the Constitution and Narendra Modi, who became Prime Minister thanks to the Constitution, never utters a word about it. He did not open his mouth even when a copy of the Constitution was burnt right outside Parliament,” he said.

Referring to the Union government’s recent decision of rejecting UAE’s financial aid for relief and rehabilitation in flood-hit Kerala, he criticised Mr. Modi for accepting foreign funds for his party.

“The Prime Minister doesn’t have any problem when his party accepts large funds from foreign sources. He does have a problem when a country offers money for taking up relief and rehabilitation work in flood-hit areas. It shows how least the BJP is concerned about the people of this country,” he said

Pointing to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call for ending caste-based reservation and introducing reservation based on economic status, Mr. Rajaratna Ambedkar asserted that caste-based reservation needs to be continued as long as castes and caste-based discrimination continued to exist.

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