TRUTH: The claim made by RSS pracharak and journalist Narendra Sehgal that Rajguru was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has not gone down well with the kin of the freedom fighter. Grandsons of Rajguru, Satyasheel and Harshwardhan Rajguru said their grandfather was the revolutionary of the entire country and that his name should not be associated with any particular organisation.
The grandsons asserted that there was no proof to suggest that Rajguru was an RSS member and neither had they heard something like this from their grandfather. However, they also told when Rajguru visited Nagpur a Sangh swayamsevak had made arrangements for his stay. So, they did agree to Rajguru staying in a place arranged by the RSS, but not that he was associated with the Sangh.
Historian Aditya Mukherjee dismissed the claims and termed it as a “ridiculous attempt” of doing such a thing. He also said that RSS had done this in the past as well with icons such as B.R. Ambedkar, Swamy Vivekanand, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor Chaman Lal also disproved the theory.
Earlier also, the RSS had tried the same. It linked freedom fighters Bhagat Singh and Rajguru with the Sangh, but there is still no proof to suggest the same. Apart from this, even the biographies written by their associates also do not have any claim regarding the same.
As much as RSS tries to associate these great freedom fighters and legends with it, it cannot do so as it lacks proof. It cannot be denied that the same organisation had no role in the freedom struggle. In fact, it was the one which sided with Britishers and was ready to kneel down before them in order to save their lives and existence, without thinking about the nation.