After the news that Toronto consulate’s Consul general of India keynoted a Hindu nationalist event, proof has been emerging about 15 Indian diplomats across nine countries that have taken part in similar events in the last few years.
According to a recent investigation by the Organisation for Minorities of India (OFMI), published on Sikh24.com, a number of consulates in different countries have recently participated within their professional capacity, in various Hindu nationalist events. Dinesh Bhatia, consul general had sparked a controversy in some sections for being on the stage with garlanded pictures of KB Hedgewar and MS Golwalkar. Both are the first leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Hedgewar and Golwalkar wanted India to be a Hindu nation. They had created RSS into a paramilitary force to propagate Hindu nationalism.
“From North America to Europe and Asia to South America, Indian ambassadors and consuls have appeared as honored guests, keynote speakers, and even co-hosts of events organized by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh — the international wing of the RSS — as well as events organized by the RSS’s religious wing, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, and occasionally even by the international wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party,” reports OFMI spokesperson Arvin Valmuci. “We have compiled evidence that 15 Indian diplomats in nine countries have spoken at 24 different Sangh Parivar events since 2013, most in just the last two years. On at least two occasions, a diplomat joined a top RSS executive at an event — on another two occasions, a diplomat joined a top executive of the VHP. Our data is not comprehensive and we are certain that Indian diplomats are collaborating with the RSS on a far larger scale than what we’ve uncovered so far.”
Here are the details of the Indian consulate participating in different events across the world:
A survey of recent Vijayadashami celebrations hosted by HSS chapters throughout the United States also reveals the intimate links between the HSS and the RSS. Garlanded pictures of Hedgewar and Golwalkar were prominently displayed at over a dozen such events around the country, as seen in posts shared by HSS-USA’s official Facebook page. Locations included Houston, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, San Jose, and suburbs of Chicago and Washington, D.C.