When I was in India I read the English language newspapers, which were
commonly available, particularly at the hotels where I sometimes stayed, and noted many of
the magazines as well. I discovered that the press often spoke of the danger of
"Hindu fundamentalism" referring mainly to RSS groups. The idea they projected
was that such Hindu groups would oppress religious minorities and put an end to democracy
and secularism in the country. They were dangerous, violent and bigoted.
According to the Times of India in Bombay, for example, RSS and its
Sangha family were militant, fascist, and chauvinistic. I was both disturbed and perplexed
by these remarks. Either my interaction with these Hindu groups was misleading or these
negative opinions were totally wrong. Was I, a person of liberal and leftist views going
back to my youth a pacifist, vegetarian, and ecologist becoming a stooge for
right wing Hindus plotting pogroms against minorities in India, who if they came to power
would create an oppressive and dictatorial state?