‘I Could Not Be Hindu: The Story of a Dalit in the RSS’ review: The scourge of casteism
Title: I Could Not Be Hindu: The Story of a Dalit in the RSS
Author: Bhanwar Meghwanshi
Tr.: Nivedita Menon
Reviewer: Suraj Yengde
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Bhanwar Meghwanshi was a devoted bhakt of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and joined the organisation at the tender age of 13 lured by the promises of equality.… Thus, began the journey of Meghwanshi, a Rajasthani Dalit, who hoped to hoist a saffron flag atop the unattended mosque in Ayodhya. Luckily, Meghwanshi nearly escaped death while on his way to tear down the symbol of Muslim rule.
His survival offered him a preview into his beloved organisation’s terror-filled, hypocritical actions. As a Dalit, Meghwanshi couldn’t escape his caste identity in the Hindu brotherhood of the RSS… one incident shook his belief. His senior functionaries in the organisation and religious sadhus refused to consume food in his house. Undeterred, he packed the food to be eaten on their way. He discovered next day that his home-cooked food was thrown on the streets left for animals to consume.
Hurt and betrayed Meghwanshi appealed to his organisation. Surprisingly, no one heard his plea from the local level right up to Nagpur, the headquarters of the RSS. And so, armed with Ambedkar, Osho and other progressive thought began the anger-filled revenge of Meghwanshi to expose the organisation.