RSS-backed magazine attacks Ashoka for choosing non-violence, blames him for India’s decline


If you thought the Sangh Parivaar was only against the Mughal emperors, then you were mistaken.

An RSS backed publication has now raised its objections bout the legacy of Emperor Ashoka claiming that that the great ruler’s conversion to Buddhism and his promotion of ahimsa (non-violence) opened India’s borders to foreign invaders.

A report in The Indian Express said that article published in the May issue of the Bappa Raval, the mouthpiece of the Rajasthan Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad, also accused followers of Buddhism under Ashoka of having played a seditious role by assisting Greek invaders thinking they would destroy “Vedic religion” and pave the way for dominance of Buddhism.

The RVKP, an RSS affiliate body, is part of the Sangh Parivar’s tribal wing, Chhattisgarh based Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram.

The article particularly highlights its aversion to Ashoka over-promoting some principles related to ahimsa after his conversation to Buddhism.

The article said, “It was India’s misfortune that the same Emperor Ashoka, who became the reason for India’s decline…we worshiped him as great…It would have been better if, like Bhagwan Buddha, Emperor Ashoka too, would give up his kingdom, become a monk and promote Buddhism…(then) India would not have had to face such a mountain of hardship.”

It further added that “instead, he (Ashoka) turned the entire empire into a giant monastery for promoting Buddhism. It was because of the Buddhist leaders of Magadha that Greek invaders returned to conquer India…Buddhist monks propagated seditious, senseless, anti-India ideas among their disciples that Buddhism did not believe in caste or nation. Whenever foreign invaders sympathetic to Buddhism attacked India, these Buddhists colluded with them, instead of fighting them bravely.”

“All I wanted to say was that although our ancestors were great luminaries, our country has had to face so much due to certain small mistakes on their part. I never called Buddhists seditious…it was only meant to convey their poor understanding during that period,” the author of the article Dr. Radhika Ladha was quoted by The Indian Express.

She added, “My perspective was that we should learn from our mistakes and lead the country on to a path of prosperity and development.”