In what sounded like an attack on Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar due to the protest of a section of farmers against three agriculture-related laws amended last year by the Narendra Modi government, several media houses made a headline out of senior RSS leader Raghunandan Sharma’s statement that the “arrogance of power” had gone to the minister’s head. However, on close scrutiny, it turns out that the ideologue, also a former BJP Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, had made a Facebook post two days ago where he said, “Narendraji, you are part and parcel of the government”, Sharma said, “Your intention might be of helping the farmers, but if some people don’t want to be helped, what is the use of doing such good?”
“If someone wants to remain naked, what is the use of forcibly clothing him,” the RSS-cum-BJP leader said.
Sharma suggested to the minister that he should work towards strengthening nationalism.
“If you are harbouring a thought that you are reaping the fruits of your hard labour, it is your illusion,” the 73-year-old RSS leader said in the post.
“… today arrogance of power has gone to your head. Why are you losing the mandate? We are endorsing all rotten policies of the Congress, which is not in our interest. Leakage in drops of water from a pitcher empties it. So is with the mandate,” he said.
“Employ all might to strengthen nationalism or else we have to regret. I think you might have read the indication to preserve the ideology,” he added.
Sharma also described how the RSS ideology developed with toil, sacrifice and devotion for nearly a century — propagating service to the motherland and putting nationalism first — led to the installation of a ‘nationalist’ government.
“Thousands of nationalists have devoted their lives for today’s nationalist government,” he said.