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Ganguli Plea Rejected in Bijan Setu Massacre Case

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Marxist politician Kanti Ganguli (left) with Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, former Chief Minister of West Bengal

[June 27, 2016] – Honourable Justice Dipankar Dutta of Calcutta High Court rejected the plea of Mr. Kanti Ganguli, an accused in the Bijan Setu Massacre, to declare Justice Amitabha Lala Commission illegal. A battery of lawyers, led by Senior Lawyer Bikash Chandra Bhattacharjee argued in favour of Kanti Ganguli, who conspired to massacre a large number of innocent Ananda Marga sanyasis, a sanyasini (yogic nun) and Shri Ram Raghuvir, member of Ananda Marga of Jaipur. 

Despite Mr. Ganguli's best efforts to escape the Inquiry the honourable Justice ordered that he has to stand trial before the commission. Mr. Ganguli and others committed a most inhuman crime and will have to face the Inquiry that is being conducted.

The case went on for weeks in Calcutta High Court. The State, which was the main party to oppose the plea, was represented by Additional Advocate General Shri Laxmi Kanta Gupta. He forcefully argued that Deb commission became null and void as it did not submit any report and cannot be used to declare present Inquiry Commission under Justice Amitabha Lala illegal. He cited different rulings of Supreme Court in support of his arguments.

The scanned judgment of Kolkata High Court regarding Mr. Ganguli's plea concerning the validity of the Bijan Setu massacre commission (pdf)

WB Communist Leaders to be Questioned Over Bijon Setu

Past and present West Bengal communist heads will be called in for questioning for their alleged role in the massacre of 16 monks and a nun of Ananda Marga in Kolkata in 1982.

Photo: The late communist chief Jytoi Basu, Chief Minister of West Bengal 1977-2000 (left) with former WB Communist Party leader Somnath Chatterjee, one of several former communist heads who will now be questioned over the Bijon Setu massacre.

(June 2015) – Past and present West Bengal communist heads will be called in for questioning for their alleged role in the massacre of 16 monks and a nun of Ananda Marga in Kolkata in 1982, sources in the Justice Amitabha Lala commission, formed to probe the massacre after the Trinamool government came to power in 2011, told Indian media.

Justice Lala told Hindustan Times his probe focussed on certain communist leaders who reportedly had made provocative speeches, branding the Ananda Margis child-lifters, at a party-organised convention on February 6, 1982.

A major source of information for the commission was the deposition of Sher Singh, then additional district magistrate of 24 Parganas, who claimed he had come to know about the plan two months ahead and alerted his boss, district magistrate Ranu Ghosh on January 16. But no step was taken to stop the killings.

The reason for the massacre was the PROUT philosophy propagated by the organisation, Singh told. The Ananda Marga organisation supports PROUT throughout India and the world.

The Indian media, such as the Indian Express, displays an increasing interest in the case that was hushed up for decades until recently.

Ananda Marga Observe Bijon Setu Memorial Day In Spite of CPM Maneuver

Picture above: Female wholetimer volunteer workers of Ananda Marga carrying urn pots, in memory of the massacre victims, on the streets of Kolkata yesterday.

(Kolkata, 30 April 2015) – Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha (AMPS) took out a silent procession today from Deshapriya Park marching to Bijan Setu to pay homage to the 17 Dadhicis (martyrs) brutally killed in broad daylight on this day 33 years ago.

More than 2.000 followers of Ananda Marga and its sympathisers took part in the procession, inspite of a call for a bandh (lockdown) by the Communist Party – Marxist (CPM), AMPS reported.

An AMPS spokesperson commented as the procession started, "It is during CPM rule that Bengal lost its pride as a pioneer in culture and civilization. The incident of Bijan Setu and subsequent behaviour of CPM rulers made the world forget that Bengal is the land of much respected Intellectuals and moral leaders."

The procession started from Deshapriya Park at 2.00 pm and reached Bijan Setu by 3.00 pm. The procession was decorated by banners, flags and festoons. It was led by prominent members of civil society of Kolkata, like Shri Pulak Narayan Dhar, a prominent column write and social reformer, Shri Balai Chakraborty, retired IAS officer and regular column writer, Professor Bhaskar Purakayastha, etc. The Sanyasis and Sanyasinis in front were carrying the urn pots. After procession reached at Bijan Setu, it converted in a homage paying meeting.

Speakers included civil society members and high-ranking members of the Samgha, Ac.Mantreshvarananda Avadhuta (Mahasachiv, Ananda Marga Gurukul), Ac. Raviishananda Avadhuta (Public Relations Secretary) and Dr.Jagdish Haldar, Retired Doctor of Nilratan Sarkar Hospital where the injured and dead of Bijan Setu massacre were brought.

Dr. Haldar's speech was most heart touching. He said that today, after so many years, he felt much relaxed as he could express his heartfelt emotions. He said that the brutality of this incident is unimaginable:

"I saw the remains of these great souls and I am now relieved of a great agony as I have got the opportunity to express it in this homage meeting," Dr. Haldar said, and added that "the brute force of CPM had been proven beyond doubt in this incident."

Then Dr. Haldar read out the names of the main persons behind the planning of the atrocity. He said they do not deserve to be called human beings.

A young Proutist student leader from Midnapur, Raju Manna was emphatic in his expression. He said without Prout – an ideology based on moral and spiritual principles – humanity cannot be saved. Unless morality is established, and the standard of education and socio-economic consciousness is raised, the present democracy will simply continue to play into the hands of self-centred leaders. To bring real change, the moral fabric has to be rebuilt, and for that a socio-spiritual organization such as the Ananda Marga and the socio-economic theory of Prout based on morality are needed.

Honourable Justice Amitabha Lala commission, the head of the inquiry to nail down the involvement of CPM in the Bijan Setu massacre, mentioned in the proceedings that he expects that his commission will certainly be successful in its effort.

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Part of the crowd at the Bijon Setu memorial meeting.

Ananda Marga – Victim of Communist Conspiracy During 1969-77        

By Dr. Susmit Kumar

From Dr. Susmit Kumar’s forthcoming book Ananda Marga - Victim of Communist Conspiracy During 1969-77, to be published in 2015. Source

Ananda Marga is a worldwide socio-spiritual organization with centers and various social service operations in every region on all continents. At present it is active in more than 130 countries, running 1200 schools only in India (2013) and renders disaster relief around the world.[1]

It was founded in 1955 by Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, in Jamalpur, a small town in Bihar state of India. Sarkar was a remarkable self-taught spiritual master. Between 1955 and 1990, he authored more than 250 books in English, Bengali and Hindi on various philosophical and practical topics, the majority of which were compiled from his discourses. Sarkar also composed numerous devotional songs, wrote children’s literature and encyclopedic works, all besides evolving his movement from being a local upstart to becoming a well-diversified, highly structured global organization known for the discipline and self-sacrificing spirit of its cadre running educational and other social service projects.

Due to its significant educational movement and efficient relief operations, such as during the 1967 famine in Bihar and Bengal, Ananda Marga gained popularity in large areas particularly in North India where the Communist parties, mainly the CPI (Communist Party of India) and the CPI(M) (Communist Party of India-Marxist, also called CPM) had established itself as the dominating force. The radically progressive-minded force of Ananda Marga may have upset the Communists who may have preferred to maintain their monopoly on the concept of revolution and struggle against exploitation on behalf of the deprived. Yet, Ananda Marga emerged as an uncompromising force with its ideological struggle against the orthodox caste-based institutions and traditions of India as well as against capitalism and Communism.

In June 1975, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed one-party dictatorial rule, the Emergency Rule, and imprisoned leaders and members of all the opposition parties. Mr. Sarkar and some of his disciples, who had already been jailed years before, were convicted by the Sessions Court in the following year on charges of alleged complicity in the murders of six former members of Ananda Marga. In March 1977, the Emergency Rule was lifted after the 1977 elections where Mrs. Gandhi suffered a humiliating defeat largely due to the atrocities committed during the Emergency Rule. When Mr. Sarkar’s attorney filed an appeal against the lower court verdict the Patna High Court overturned the conviction. The case against Mr. Sarkar was so weak that the central investigation agency, the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), which had filed the case against Mr. Sarkar and his four disciples, did not even file an appeal against the High Court verdict in the Supreme Court of India.

On the request of the International Committee to Obtain Justice for Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, an organization formed by Ananda Margiis living outside of India, William T. Wells, a British attorney, went to India several times during 1974-76 to oversee Mr. Sarkar´s case. Mr. Wells also attended the Sessions Court trial for several weeks in 1976. Mr. Wells summed up the reason behind the troubles faced by the Ananda Marga organization in the following words:[2]

“The Ananda Marga movement is of a character, it must be admitted, to arise a measure of suspicion and antagonism, especially in India. Its condemnation of the caste system conflicts with the beliefs and traditions of orthodox Hindus; its emphasis on spirituality makes it anathema to the secularists, and particularly to the Marxists, its call for a Government of moralists and its attacks on corruption renders it suspect to the practical politician and the administrator who are trying to make the best of the situation as it is and human nature as that is. It would not have been unnatural to expect a measure of caution, circumspection, and even finesse in the public utterances of the leaders of a movement in so exposed a situation, and making its appeal primarily to the educated classes. On the contrary, Mr. Sarkar, in my view, seems often to have gone out of his way to give powder and shot to his opponents; and it is, to say the least, highly unfortunate that a movement which emphasizes its spiritual as against its political character should have had a political party, even though an extremely unsuccessful one, as one of its offshoots, however involuntarily.   In the United States or the United Kingdom it would probably cause nothing more than amused tolerance were candidates to stand for elections under the banner of the Salvation Army or the Oxford Group. It would be unrealistic to look for the same reaction in a country in so difficult a situation as India.”

In order to analyze the controversies surrounding Mr. Sarkar and his Ananda Marga organization, one has to study it from a broader perspective, i.e. one has to consider factors like time, i.e. when the controversies arose, the political situation in India, political leaders involved, widespread corruption; and place, i.e. in which region of India it took place.

In the book we shall see that the then Indira Gandhi-led Congress Party Government persecuted Ananda Marga by claiming it to be Fascist, only during 1969-1977 when the CPI was an ally of Congress Party. It can be said that the Emergency rule was very much an effort to root out Ananda Marga in particular. After the declaration of Emergency, twenty-six domestic organizations were banned and their civil liberties suspended. Out of these twenty-six organizations, fourteen were directly associated with Ananda Marga and Prout, the socio-economic theory given by Mr. Sarkar. [3] When the same Indira Gandhi-led Congress Party again formed government in 1980, it did not persecute Ananda Marga and never again said a single word against Ananda Marga.

Mr. Sarkar travelled extensively all over India from 1955 to 1990 (barring the nearly seven years he was jailed) but only in Communist-infested West Bengal did he and the organization face problems. Since 1967, more than 40 Ananda Marga workers, nearly all in the CPM-ruled West Bengal state, were brutally murdered in the state-sponsored terrors by Communist parties-led governments. On the other hand, not a single Communist worker was ever killed by Ananda Margis.

In 1974, The Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS), the official media agency of the Soviet State, described Ananda Marga as one of the four main reactionary forces in India. TASS was the central agency for collection and distribution of internal and international news for all Soviet newspapers, radio and television stations. In November 1974, one of numerous such TASS dispatches syndicated by the mainstream Indian press offered:[4]

“The reactionary forces in India are trying to intensify their subversion against the democratic gains of the Indian people. This is evident from the decisions of the recent conference of the right-wing opposition parties at which Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan, advocate of reactionaries, and the motley conglomeration of right-wing forces, including representatives from the communal party, the Jana Sangh, the opposition parties, the Bharatiya Lok Dal and the Congress (O), and semi-fascist organizations of Ananda Marga type were included. The conference wanted the deposition of the Central government and the dissolution of the elected bodies of the Indian states. The pressing need now is for united action by the CPI and other left and democratic forces including progressive elements of the Indian National Congress.”

It may be noted here that in 1990, Amnesty International, Poland’s Solidarity party leader Lech Walesa, and the Czechoslovakian President Havel sent letters of support to Ananda Marga regarding the persecution Ananda Marga had suffered by the CPM. [5]

The charges and instances of violent persecution of Ananda Marga and its founder are very many. It is probably typical of a great visionary to suffer such persecution. It has been called a great paradox that those, who history later places on the pinnacle of eternal, glorification are generally put to ordeal of endurance by their contemporaries.[6] Jesus Christ, the embodiment of love and peace, was put to trial on baseless charges and was mocked, beaten and in the end sentenced to crucifixion. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, had to face false charges like having illicit relationship with women, and there were murderous attacks on him. There were numerous murderous attacks on Krishna. In the Mahabharata war, Krishna guided the righteous Pandavas to victory only after they had gone through severe unjust treatment and thirteen hellish years of most troublesome exile at the hand of their wily cousins the Kauravas. Once he declared idolatry a sin, Prophet Muhammed had to suffer at the hands of Koresh who threw excreta of camel on him and attacked him by grey hounds. His life became so miserable in Mecca that he had to send all his disciples to Medina and flee Mecca at night. Socrates, the celebrated Greek scholar and most pious person, had to drink poison at the hands of his adversaries.

Notes

[1] Stock, Jonathan, “Death-dance group rejoices in arms ruling,” South China Morning Post, February 7, 2000.
[2] “Mr. P.R. Sarkar and the Ananda Marga: A Report on Ananda Marga Society in India and the plight of their leader Mr. P.R. Sarkar, prepared for the International Committee to obtain justice for Shrii Shrii Anandamurti,” British lawyer and Queen’s Counsel, Mr. William T. Wells, 1974, p 12.  http://proutglobe.org/prsarkarlegal/Wells-Memo-1974.pdf
[3] “RSS, Marg, Jamaat among 26 banned,” The Times of India, July 5, 1995.
[4] “Tass terms JP a reactionary,” The Times of India, November 28, 1974.
[5] “Amnesty, Walesa with us: Margis,” The Times of India, July 4, 1990.
[6] Acarya Jagadhiswarananda Avadhut, The Flame That Burns Upward, Ananda Nagar, West Bengal, India, 1974, p 1.

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1978 India Today Interview with Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar

Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar on his first appearance the day after he was released from jail, 3 August 1978. Photo: Stern

The following interview with Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar was published by the Indian fortnightly India Today (1-15 August, 1978), titled “The Mystery Man”. The interview came about just days before Sarkar’s release from Bankipur Jail (Patna, Bihar) as a result of Sarkar’s personal assistant bringing into the jail a set of questions from India Today‘s journalist to which Sarkar replied. It is the only interview with a public or commercial media that Sarkar ever participated in.

Source: The original India Today article (PDF)

Question: How do you feel about the verdict of the High Court? While millions of your followers the world over celebrated the day as “Victory of Dharma” you did not express any reaction and one of your followers explained that since you are Nirbhikar (passionless) you received the news coolly. Is it a fact you never react to anything and if so why?

Answer: Victory of Dharma is a natural phenomenon. Everything natural should be accepted with normal coolness.

Q: Your followers allege that you and your organization have been a victim of a calculated malicious propaganda by a certain agency aimed at destroying your organization. Much damage has been caused to your organization during the past seven years during which you were in jail. Now, if you are acquitted of all charges, how do you plan to remove misunderstanding from public mind to re-establish your organization?

A: We will be doing our humanitarian duties with subjective approach and objective adjustment.

Q: Much confusion was created in the past because of lack of communication between you and the general public. Do you now think it is proper to have public contact so that the confusion does not persist? Why have you lived a secluded life in the past?

A: There is no necessity of my coming in public contact because actual social service is rendered by the workers of the organization. I simply assist the workers.

Q: The speed with which Ananda Marga has spread in the West and attracted a large number of people has created misgivings that it is being supported or sponsored by some foreign agencies. Moreover, your attack on KGB and CBI in the past without mentioning the name of CIA has added to the confusion. What have you to say to this allegation?

A: I do not know if CIA did any harm to Ananda Marga. If the same is brought to my notice with sufficient proof I will certainly condemn them.  I have got no weakness for any organization. Good people should always be supported and bad condemned in unambiguous language.

Q: It was alleged that you wanted to capture political power and establish Sadvipra Raj in the world. No doubt this was refuted in the court but at the same time the books referred to in the court during trial confirmed this view in which you have said, “Violence is the essence of life.” How do you explain this fact?

A: What I said in the court is final. The word I use is Sadvipra Samaj and not Sadvipra Raj. Raj [rule] is a microscopic fraction of Samaj [society]. My view regarding violence has already been clarified by me. It is not always Himsa [harmful application of force]. My interpretation of violence can co-exist with Ahimsa.

Q: Do you have any political ambitions? Do you feel that unless corruption was removed the society would not be to your liking? And how do you want to establish that kind of society? Unless you take active part in politics, is it possible?

A: I have got no political ambition. I have propounded the theory of PROUT for the welfare of human society. This theory will be materialized by those who love it.

Q: What is your opinion about democracy?

A: Democracy can be successful only where the following essential factors are present at least amongst 51% of the voters – morality, literacy and socio-economic-political consciousness. Otherwise it is an instrument to befool the public. [END]

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Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar after his release from jail at Patna August 1978.

Ananda Marga Demands Justice and Humanity

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A boy joining the procession of Ananda Margiis and supporters in Kolkata on April 30, 2014.

(Kolkata, 1 May, 2014) – A commemoration of the 1982 communist massacre of 17 Ananda Marga monks and a nun were held in Kolkata on Wednesday. In spite of government assurances and the establishment of two investigating committees, the truth about the heinous crime has not yet been established. The negligence is probably due to continued communist influence on the present Trinamool Congress government of Smt. Mamata Banerjee. (Report continues below the picture)

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The Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha organisation took out a silent procession with thousands of its followers led by the members of civil society of Kolkata, who walked the one and a half kilometre distance from Deshapriya Park to Bijan Setu. After a short spiritual function at the murder scene, prominent members of civil society and Ananda Marga officials demanded that a judicial inquiry must be conducted by the Supreme Court Justice now that several attempts at establishing government inquiries have failed miserably.

In 2011, 34 years of communist rule in West Bengal ended with the election victory of the Trinamool party. Since, communist forces have made their way into the new government. The two government inquiry commissions that have been established so far to investigate the Bijan Setu massacre have proven inefficient. //

Persecution of Proutists Pricks Kolkata’s Conscience 30 Years On

(April 2012) – A seminar on PROUT at Moulali Yuba Kendra, Kolkata earlier this month has caught the interest of the Bengal media. Kolkata’s most popular anti-communist newspaper Bartaman, as well as Pratidin, the Bengali Statesman and Times of Indiaall covered the event in detail.

Prof. Dilip Haldar of Jadhavpur University, Kolkata (Rtd.)

At the event, economist Dilip Haldar, formerly of Kolkata’s renowed Jhadavpur University, offered that everybody is aware that communism as an economic theory has died.

“The fact is that communism never existed as an economy anywhere in the world — it was just an imagination. Communism never existed in the past, is not existing at present and will never return!” Prof. Haldar said.

Haldar received a standing ovation on his bold assertion. He added that he is a student of PROUT and wants to “learn more of it as it has potential to solve the problems.”

West Bengal was under brutal communist rule for decades until May last year when the Trinamool (“Grassroots”) Congress party under Mamata Banerjee’s leadership got the vote of confidence.

Last year’s statement by District Magistrate Sheer Singh, that PROUT was the direct cause of the 1982 Bijon Setu massacre, seems to have pricked the conscience of the intellectuals of Kolkata.

Last month, the West Bengal government formed an inquiry commission to look into the massacre, 30 years after 17 Ananda Margis cadres were burnt to death after having been mishandled most cruelly in full daylight on Kolkata streets.

The 400 seat Moulali Yuba auditorium overflowed as crowds of teachers, students, vice-chancellors, column writers, IAS officers, linguistics, educationists and economists, etc. gathered for the seminar.

New book: Bijon Setu 1982: Signature of Violence

Quality: Hardback. Price: Rs.295/- plus mailing cost. To be had from
prs@anandamargacentral.org. 20% discount when ordering more than one copy.

The 1982 Bijon Setu massacre, where 17 whole time workers of Ananda Marga were brutally killed, and its pathetic aftermath is the subject of a new book out from Ananda Marga, Kolkata. Based on the undaunted film by Tusar Bhattacharjee, the book documents how the then West Bengal Communist government chose to leave the horrid incident and its own possible implication in the murders not investigated. The book contains fresh significant information and details on how the attacks were planned and executed.

An investigation report by B. M. Sinha that was published earlier in Hindustan Times, the report of Central Intelligence, as well as interviews of several eyewitnesses and members of civil society, all produce substantial proof that would have influenced the recent intiative of the present state government to establish at long last an inquiry commission in the case.

In the book, Sher Singh, a retired officer of the highly esteemed Indian Administrative Service, who was then the additional District Magistrate of 24 Parganas, the area of Kolkata where the murders took place, explains why the mighty Communist party felt it necessary to cruelly attack in broad daylight a group of service-minded people, monks and nuns of a comparatively small spiritual group such as Ananda Marga. The only reason was the PROUT philosophy propagated by the organisation, Singh suggests. The Ananda Marga organisation promotes PROUT throughout India and the world. Documentary proof of the meetings held by the Communist party (CPM) to spread canard against Ananda Marga are also included.

West Bengal Will Look into the Bijon Massacre

Members of Ananda Marga offering obeisances at a memorial service near Bijon bridge, Kolkata, April 30, 2011
Members of Ananda Marga offering obeisances at a memorial service near Bijon bridge, Kolkata, April 30, 2011

(March 10, 2012) – 30 years after 17 Ananda Margis were burnt to death in Kolkata, the West Bengal government has formed an inquiry commission to look into the massacre.

The brutal killings took place on the Bijon bridge and two nearby locations in the southern part of the city on April 30, 1982 during the second term of the Left Front communist state government. The slaughter in broad daylight attracted widespread condemnation at that time but nobody was arrested and no fruitful investigations were conducted, PTI reports.

The primary reason for the massacre was the PROUT philosophy, the assistant district magistrate at the time, Sher Singh, stated in a televised interview last year. The Ananda Marga organisation promotes PROUT throughout India and the world as the alternative to communism and capitalism.

This week the West Bengal law minister, Moloy Ghatak, said that Justice (retd) Santosh Kumar Faujdar would head the one-man commission of inquiry and it had been asked to submit its report within six months. WB chief minister Mamata Banerjee had given her consent to the inquiry commission, Mr. Ghatak confirmed.

In the gruesome event, 16 monks and one nun of the Ananda Marga Pracharaka Samgha, on their way to a conference at the Ananda Marga organisational headquarters in the suburb of Tiljala, were dragged out of their vehicles, beaten mercilessly, drenched in acid, and set on fire in full public view on the Bijon bridge and around.

Officials said the National Human Rights Commission had taken up the investigation into the case in 1996, but it could not move forward due to alleged non-cooperation by the previous state government.

Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar’s talk on the Persecution of Himself and PROUT

The below talk was given by PROUT founder Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar on the 10th anniversary of his release from jail. The picture of Sarkar (left) was taken at the occasion of him giving his first discourse to his followers after he was released on August 2, 1978. The photo was taken by a journalist of Stern (Germany) and published in a three page report in that magazine.

(August 2, 1988) – We did not mean to harm anyone. But when adhármika [unrighteous] people use force against you, you must act in self-defence. This is not hiḿsá [violence], it is pratirodha [self-defence]. Those who opposed us met a pathetic end and have now merged with the soil.

People who follow unrighteousness believe they have the right to do anything they want. One lady thought she could do anything she wanted with her power. When no reaction comes immediately, sinners think they can get away with more. But gaining power, going up, does not mean that they are getting elevated. Like the Indian washerman who raises the clothes high over his head, they go up very high only to come smashing down.

"I do not want anyone to undergo the same trouble that I did."

Some people say that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. But I do not say that. After time, the reaction is greater because it comes with interest.

Three thousand five hundred Margis and workers were arrested by the government. All were innocent, yet the political leaders felt no guilt at all in using their power against these innocent people.

In jail, the Central Bureau of Investigation authorities harassed me in every way. For example, there was a rule that when I met with visitors the officers could be present, but not within hearing distance. One time, though, a new CBI man stood very close, silently listening. I asked him who he was – he replied that he was newly appointed. So then I asked him his name and address. He became nervous and could not reply. So I shouted and abused him until he ran away. Then the other officers, who clearly were aware of this plot, began to criticize that man in order to appear innocent.

But I had bit down so hard while scolding him that two of my dentures broke. The next day, two specialists came from the government hospital to replace the broken teeth. I asked them, “How is it that these teeth broke so easily?” They replied, “Bábá, they are only plastic, they are fragile.” But according to the prison regulations, the treatment of the eyes and teeth of prisoners is their own responsibility, not the government’s. I knew these specialists had been sent because the officers were feeling guilty at what they had done. So I asked them, “How can I chew my food every day with teeth given by the sinful government?” Then my personal assistant suggested that if we paid them for the work it would be all right, so I agreed.

When I was released, there was such a long procession – do you remember? The jail authorities, seeing the crowds waiting, told me that they would also be willing to undergo imprisonment if such a procession would be awaiting them on their release.

I faced so much trouble in the jail. When I was released, I could not walk. To go to the toilet I had to hop on my hands like this [demonstrates]. I had to use a wheelchair. I remember that my elder sister brought me two lucis [unleavened bread puffed by deep frying] and vegetables, but after my long fast I could only eat half of one of the lucis with great difficulty.

I do not want anyone to undergo the same trouble that I did. But in the struggle for dharma, if some trouble comes, you should accept it. If you pick a flower, you may be pricked by its thorns. Your consolation is that your struggle will surely end in victory. Our path is kliśt́á-akliśt́á – initially there is trouble, but in the end there is no trouble.

Dharma is the cause of victory. Intelligent people should take the help of dharma. If you want to go to Jammu, you should take a seat on the Jammu Express train – automatically you will reach there. Similarly you should follow the path of dharma and surely you will be victorious.

Published in the electronic edition of P.R. Sarkar's collected works, version 7.5
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