Reacting to reports that the accused in the Norwegian terror attack Anders Behring Breivik admired the Hindutva movement in India, the RSS said on Wednesday that he represented “core Christian fundamentalist ideas”, which liberals attacking the Sangh were refusing to see.
“What is interesting is his description by the European media as a ‘Christian fundamentalist’… which, of course, he is. His so-called manifesto refers to a medieval movement Knights Templar — an armed Christian movement of the 12th century with the blessings and support of the Catholic church,” RSS leader Ram Madhav wrote in an article.
“(He) believed that there would be a 21st century version of the Knights Templar to save Europe from being run over by Muslims.”
Madhav added: “Breivik's act of killing innocents is reprehensible in the strongest possible words. But attempts to link it to Hindutva movement are also equally reprehensible. The duplicity of our ignoramuses is conspicuous in their attempt to blame the Hindutva movement for the Breivik's despicable act and their silence on his core Christian fundamentalist ideas.”
“By the same logic, we have to blame Koran for the acts of Islamic terrorists; banish Marx, Mao, Lenin and Che etc up to Arundhati Roy, for, they are the ideological motivators of the Maoist terrorists,” Madhav said. “Breivik was also an admirer of the ‘Tea Party’ of Sarah Palin and of course his role models include Putin. Are they to blame for his acts?”
Breivik's manifesto has more than 100 pages on India, where he has reportedly looked at RSS, BJP and ABVP in a positive light, even suggesting greater cooperation between European and Indian movements.
“Marxism and Leninism never advocate violence. So making such a comparison is very odd. At times violence is imposed on the Leftist through state terrorism,” CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said.
He added: “But whether it is Islam or Hindu religion, religious extremism is not something we can approve of. Such ideology of hatred should be despised.”