The recently revealed classified documents by CIA made some incredible revelations. These CIA files have alleged proof which points to the direction that RSS instigated northern army officers to plot an assassination attempt against then Indian Army Chief Gen K.M. Cariappa.
These revelations first came to light by Hindi daily newspaper Jansatta on Friday. The reported corresponded this story with the recently released CIA papers.
Why RSS Allegedly Planned to Assassinate then COAS?
Apparently, at that time in 1950, there was a rift between officers’ corps of the Indian Army. The CIA documents point to the fact there actually did take place an assassination attempt by the Indian Army and six persons were sentenced to death.
“An attempt to assassinate General Cariappa, Commander in Chief of the Indian Army, was made during the General’s recent inspection tour of East Punjab. Six persons have been sentenced to death in connection with the plot; several high army officers are believed involved.”
“General Cariappa as a South Indian is resented by Sikh officers of the Indian Army. The RSS is capitalising on the North-South rift among army officers, whom informant considers treacherous and unreliable, to spread dissension. Officers from Travancore, Maharashtra and Madras are invariably loyal to General Cariappa.”
There was a file made public with no date on it which carried the photograph of a Bombay-based Blitz weekly. It was a tabloid considered close to Moscow. The report quotes a CIA researcher who was struggling to establish the reason behind the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan.
The researcher wondered if India would consider imposing military rule as suggested by General Cariappa. General Cariappa was a field marshal in 1965. The General, according to this researcher, believed that a short military rule on India would help get rid of the communist threat.
General Cariappa had nearly escaped death in Punjab, getting almost killed. The plot to assassinate the then COAS was planned by his fellow Indian Army Officers as per CIA.
Why is it bad news for RSS?
Well, RSS considers itself as one of the most patriotic religious parties in India. The current PM of India openly cherishes his relationship with RSS and describes how his political struggle is inspired by RSS. RSS is considered extremist by many but no one ever questioned their loyalty towards the country. Due to their large religious following, they have played an influential role in helping political parties win elections. So, this may seem to become a flash point between the RSS followers and patriotic Indians.