V Sundaram has written an insightful essay on the towering intellectual of India, Sri Ram Swarup, the guru of Sita Ram Goel.
Swarup lifelong fought against the anti-Hindu virus foolishly unleashed in Indian politics by Gandhi — I have always regarded him as somewhat deranged — and then promoted by his blue-eyed boy Nehru and later by Indira Gandhi, another thoughtless leader with no understanding of history or civilisational matters. Her only concern was to hold on to power by hook or crook.
Here is an excerpt from V Sundaram’s essay:
Sri Ram Swarup (1920-1998) is perhaps the greatest Hindu intellectual of post-independent India. His most outstanding disciple was Sita Ram Goel, an ‘Intellectual Kshatriya’. The intellectual and emotional relationship that existed between them for more than five decades is a glorious chapter in the history of Hindu revival after 1947.
The intellectual relationship between these two great men was similar to the spiritual relationship between Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda in the latter half of the 19th century and the Hindutva relationship between Dr Hedgewar and Sri Guruji Golwalkar in the 2nd quarter of the 20th century. Sita Ram Goel often used to acknowledge the fact that he came back to the fold of Hinduism from the concentration camp of communism only on account of the spiritual influence of Sri Ram Swarup.
Sri Ram Swarup was firmly of the view that the foremost task of an intellectual lay in his effort to break down the stereo-types and reductive categories which have a limiting and choking impact upon human thought and communication. As early as in 1949, in his book ‘LET US FIGHT THE COMMUNIST MENACE’, he challenged the orthodox communist party view that every intellectual must be a man or woman of the Left. After the II World War, all the worldly powers in all areas of life effectively co-opted the intelligentsia to an extraordinary and unprecedented degree. The results were disastrous. As Wilfred Owen puts it poetically:
‘The scribes on all the people shove
And bawl allegiance to the State’.
Against this contemporary situation of intellectual serfdom, Sri Ram Swarup in the India of 1949 functioned as a ‘One Man Brigade’ against communism in India and the Indian State which was getting into the vicious grip of Russian brand of communism under Stalin. Sri Ram Swarup felt that it was his principal intellectual duty to make an earnest search for relative independence from such pressures pointed out by Wilfred Owen. As a powerful political writer against communism, he tried to speak the truth to power.
Some of Ram Swarup’s books are available here for online reading.
Here is his one more biography.