How much love for Deendayal?

How much love for Deendayal?

Why not reopen the probe into his death?

By

Faraz Ahmad

Now that the Sanghis are fully in command of the Indian state they naturally want to ensure that the stamp of their overwhelming presence be felt by all in all spheres of everyday life. It is therefore no surprise that they now want to rename Mughalsarai railway station where they found the body of the former president of Akhil Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) the earlier incarnation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a noted ideologue of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Deendayal Upadhyaya lying on the railway tracks a little distance from the platform.

The Sanghis’ and in particular Uttar Pradesh chief minister Anand Singh Bisht alias Yogi Adityanath desire to deify Upadhyay is for a couple of reasons including the fact that Upadhyaya, like Yogi believed in the Varna vyavastha, meaning the supremacy of the caste hierarchy among Hindus and was a firm believer in the inadmissibility of the Muslims or Christians till they were “purified” in the Indian nation which for him was synonymous with Hindu Rashtra.

In any case, they are out to change the names of all the streets, towns, railway stations and you name it, one after another, history be damned. First it was Aurangzeb Road, then it was Akbar Road and you wait and see for this is just the beginning. Sooner than later they will turn to renaming the places or institutions named after the Nehru-Gandhi family members, for they despise them as much as they hate the Bloody Katuwas (circumcised, for that is how they refer to Muslims when among themselves.)

Be that as it may, we are currently on their new found love for Deendayal Upadhyaya. It is now three years since Modi government has come into being and more than four months since Yogi became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh where Mughalsarai is situated. Last year was the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyaya and this government has already renamed at least two major projects after their late leader.  The UPA’s Ajeevika scheme is now called Deendayal Upadhyaya Antyodaya Yojana to provide skill development to rural poor and the UPA scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana too has been renamed as Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyoti Yojana. That is perfectly understandable though it betrays a small mind to dress up already eistting schemes and make them appear new, but then that is what mean and cussed do. Never mind that.

What is remarkable is that while there appears suddenly such a surge of love and reverence for their former ideologue, there is not even a murmur to solve the mystery of Deendayal’s death. This when former BJS president Balraj Madhok, a contemporary of Deendayal, in his treatise dealing only with the assassination of Deendayal and Indira Gandhi, his third serial book titled ‘Jindagi ka Safar’ insisted that Deendayal’s  death on the outer signal of Mughalsarai railway station was no “accident’ as the BJP leadership maintained but a well-planned and cunningly executed murder.

The Government of India, naturally led then by Indira Gandhi instituted a Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) inquiry which after much humming and hawing concluded that two petty thieves tried to rob Deendayal and in the process pushed him out of the moving train which resulted in his death. The CBI caught two petty criminals tried them and later got them acquitted for lack of evidence. Mrs Gandhi also set up a judicial probe led by later day chief justice Y V Chandrachud, who came to the same conclusion as the CBI, never mind the lack of evidence on this count.

But many in the then Jana Sangh dismissed this thesis outright and believed he was murdered by a killer hired by some top leaders of the Jana Sangh. Balraj Madhok virtually named two senior leaders, namely former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and one time Jana Sangh organizing secretary Nanaji Deshmukh. According to Madhok the two had a falling out with Deendayal on account of their wayward ways. He insisted that these two were fond of good life which was an anathema to Deendayal  and was against the principles of the RSS and Jana Sangh where many in the know, including some leaders disapproved of. This, in turn caused much pain to Deendayal would have logically jeopardized the subsequent rise of both Vajpayee and Nanaji, big favourites of the then Sarsanghchalak Guru Golwalkar as also his successor Balasaheb Deoras.

After being thrown out of the Jana Sangh by the duo, Madhok was naturally bitter. Therefore one may take whatever he said with a pinch of salt. But then current BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramnian Swamy too had raised the demand for a high level probe into Deendayal’s death in Parliament then.

Deendayal was travelling from Lucknow to Patna to attend a high level meeting of the RSS on February 11, 1968 when insiders said he was pushed out of the train. Some circles claim that Deendayal was carrying a report card on the activities of these two leaders and their accomplices in the Jana Sangh one of them being a minister of Charan Singh’s Samyukta Vidhayak Dal (SVD) government Ram Prakash Gupta much later elevated as UP chief minister in Vajpayee’s dispensation in 1999 when Vajpayee got Kalyan Singh removed as UP chief minister. When Gupta proved incapable of that task he was further elevated as Madhya Pradesh Governor, proving the extraordinary bond between him and Vajpayee. Gupta died in office in May 2004, days before Vajpayee’s NDA was voted out in the general elections.

Insiders also said that apart from the CBI and Chandrachud there was also an Intelligence Bureau report, which had remained a secret since then. That report said that Vajpayee too was travelling in the same train in which Deendayal was going, though in a different compartment. It also said that Ram Prakash Gupta was spotted emerging from that train at Mughalsarai station. They say Mrs Gandhi summoned both Vajpayee and L K Avani and showed them this report and then suppressed it on their request.

The simple point is that for all the love, compassion and reverence for Deendayal why has Modi government not bothered to reopen the Dendayal case and order a thorough probe to establish the veracity of all the rumours and speculations about the circumstances surrounding Deendayal’s death and Yogi still a member of Parliament would do some service to Deendayal to seek in Parliament a thorough probe into this mysterious death. After all if you can open the case of the circumstances of the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, if you arraign Jagdish Tytler in 1984 pogrom of Sikhs, why not remove the veil surrounding the death of your beloved leader? What’s holding you, Modi and Yogi? That would be a greater service to Deendayal than renaming Mughalsarai and Deendayal’s niece Madhu Sharma, the president of Rajasthan BJP Mahila Morcha has joined the chorus of those seeking a fresh probe into Deendayal’s death.

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