Mallikarjun Kharge, president of the Congress and a prominent leader, blasted the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other right-wing Hindu nationalist groups on Saturday for “curtailing freedom.” In a statement, Kharge expressed his concern that the “Indian Constitution,” which had endured for 70 years, was currently experiencing a “fundamental crisis.”
Kharge while blasting the RSS for promoting its propaganda said, “The government completely has surrendered itself and its institutions to the diktats of the RSS, an organization that pushes hateful propaganda under the garb of social service. In fact, it is no longer incorrect to use the terms RSS and BJP interchangeably.”
On the ground, the BJP-RSS cadres’ only alternative to constructive dialogue is violence,” Kharge said, alleging the children are given weapon training in public spaces and institutions.
Kharge predicted that, in honour of B.R. Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, the former would refer to the current state of affairs as “Lawless law, riddled with never-ending infringements on fundamental rights, systematically engineered by the BJP-RSS government since they have been in power.”
Slamming Rijiju, the Congress president said, “Mysterious deaths of judges, their urgent transfer before they were to pronounce judgments or their hounding when they have stood against the government, has gone unnoticed with the people. On top of it, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju lectures the executives and the judiciary by saying not to fight amongst each other.”
Kharge also raised concern over colleges and universities being used as a medium to propagate the partisan agenda and shun critical views. “History books are being rewritten to suit and perpetuate the BJP’s hateful agenda. There is moral surveillance in all public arenas. Privacy is being banished”, Kharge alleged. alleged.
“Attacks against SC/STs, the poor, and OBCs are being celebrated. Women are being blamed for atrocities inflicted on them and criminals close to the ruling party are being shielded,” claimed Kharge.
This year’s Constitution Day is themed “Bharat: Loktantra Ki Janani (India: The Mother Of Democracy).”
Since the Constituent Assembly enacted the Constitution on November 26, 1949, India has celebrated November 26 as Constitution Day, which has been recognised since 2015.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who oversaw the Constitution’s drafting committee, is honoured on this day.