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Narendra Modi’s Supporters Dabble In Nazi Eugenics:
Anxious To Improve Hindu Gene Pool

ANNIE GOWEN, The Washington Post




India’s largest Hindu extremist organization said it’s working with expectant couples in the country to produce “customized” babies, who, they hope, will be taller, fairer and smarter than other babies, according to a report in the Indian Express newspaper.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (“RSS” - the group which was banned for decades, having been indicted for the murder of Mohandas Gandhi) officials claimed that their program -- a combination of diet, ayurvedic medicine and other practices -- has led to 450 of these babies, and they hope to have “thousands” more by 2020, the report said.

“The parents may have lower IQ, with a poor educational background, but their baby can be extremely bright. If the proper procedure is followed, babies of dark-skinned parents with lesser height can have fair complexion and grow taller,” Hitesh Jani, RSS’ “health” wing’s national convener, told the newspaper.

Jani explained that the program consists of a “purification of energy channels” and body before a pregnancy, and mantra-chanting and “proper food,” such as meals rich in calcium and Vitamin A, after the baby is born.

Last Saturday, the chairwoman for a state child rights commission tried to attend one of the workshops where couples are counselled on how to produce these “genius” babies -- as The Economic Times termed it -- but was barred by organizers, that newspaper said.

“This is an unscientific thing that’s happening here. It cannot continue,” Ananya Chatterjee, the chair of the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said. The RSS countered that her charges were “politically motivated.”

Responding to a petition from the commission, the West Bengal state high court later mandated that organizers present an affidavit and video of the proceedings, which went off as scheduled.

The program launched over a decade ago and has spread to several Indian states. It was inspired by a RSS official who met a woman in Germany more than 40 years ago. RSS officials said the woman led a post World War II re-population effort in Germany for “signature children” based on the same principles, according to the Indian Express report.

This comment -- and its evocation of the legacy of Third Reich era eugenics -- prompted immediate backlash on social media, with one critic writing on the ‘Daily O’ opinion website that this “dystopia in the womb” was “straight out of the Nazi playbook.”

The powerful RSS was founded in 1925 as a volunteer organization to advance the rights of Hindus. Over the years, it has given rise to many of the country’s most extremist politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A few of its founders praised in essays and books the totalitarian movements of Nazism and fascism sweeping Europe at the time, scholars have said.

“The original RSS stalwarts found a political validity in racial resurrection championed by Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich,” Angshukanta Chakraborty, an opinion writer on the ‘Daily O’ website, wrote, adding, “And even now, a racially pure search for homeland or creation of one along racially/communally pure lines appeals to the RSS and is the heart of its ideology.”

[Courtesy: The Washington Post. Edited for]

May 9, 2017

Conversation about this article

1: James Whittier (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), May 09, 2017, 8:39 AM.

Taller? Fairer? Smarter? If this is what their leaders are yearning for, they must be weighed down by a terrible inferiority complex! Not to mention the poor masses that they (mis)lead feel about themselves ...

2: Jodh Singh (Mumbai, India), May 09, 2017, 8:42 AM.

From morons and lemmings, straight to genius? That's a tall order! Why not try to produce normal, civilized human beings first?

3: Steve Noster (Chicago, Illinois, USA), May 09, 2017, 8:45 AM.

What a horrible self-image these hundreds of millions must have of themselves, while singing slogans of vedic nostalgia! Hollow nostalgia always slides quickly into self-hatred!

4: Ingrid Hasserman (New York, USA), May 09, 2017, 8:57 AM.

I had to steal a quick glance at the calendar to make sure it wasn't April Fool's Day! No, it isn't. Which means we have on our hands a country going to the dogs in a real hurry. Is the world going to do anything about it, or are we going to look the other way. Each one of us can do our bit: don't invest a cent in that country, don't buy a single widget made in India ... until they learn to behave and get civilized.

5: Arun Agarwal  (Kanpur, India), May 09, 2017, 9:04 AM.

And, until these new geniuses come of age, what do we do with the current crop of sub-intelligent Hindus that are running our country into the ground? Shouldn't they be given an accelerated diet of cow urine and other ayurvedic muck to hasten them into sanity?

6: Sarla Trivedi (New Delhi, India), May 09, 2017, 9:12 AM.

It appears that Modi and his gang of thieves found themselves in front of a mirror one day, and exclaimed: "Shit, we are ugly!" Glad they're at least acknowledging the deficit and are talking about their uncouthness.

7: Balkar Kaur (London, United Kingdom), May 09, 2017, 12:26 PM.

These silly people spend all their time coming up with these vacuous schemes. If only they would concentrate on helping out the hundreds of millions in their country with food, clothing and shelter ... and then giving them a decent chance to live like normal humans!

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