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‘RSS taking Hindus on path of destruction’: IPS officer Nageswara Rao wants ‘RSS-Mukt Bharat’

In a series of tweets Monday, M. Nageswara Rao, a 1986-batch IPS officer, called RSS 'Pseudo Hindutva fraud' and said it was giving courage to Islam.

File photo of the CBI M Nageshwara Rao
File photo of former interim CBI chief M. Nageswara Rao | PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist

New Delhi: Retired IPS officer M. Nageswara Rao has stoked a controversy after he called for a boycott of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), calling them “Pseudo Hindutva fraud”.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Rao, who briefly served as the interim CBI chief in 2019, asked all Hindus to work towards an “RSS Mukt Bharat”.

“RSS is giving courage to Islam and taking Hindus and Hinduism on the golden path of destruction,” said Rao, adding that Islam “wins” because it creates “unyielding minds”.

“Islam now sees signs of weakness (in RSS) only as the provocation to unleash more violence, to finish the job early,” he added.

Rao’s bio on Twitter also notes that his mission is “equal rights for Hindus and Expose Pseudo Hindutva”.

The former police officer made the comments in response to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech in Mumbai Monday.

Speaking at a symposium, Bhagwat had said that Britishers made Hindus and Muslims fight by creating misconception.

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No stranger to controversies

This is, however, not a first for Rao. The retired IPS officer has been in the middle of several controversies in the past few years.

In September 2020, Rao termed the death of renowned social activist Swami Agnivesh as “good riddance”.

He called Agnivesh “anti-Hindu” and said that the activist had done “enormous damage to Hinduism”.

“Good Riddance Swami Agnivesh. You were an anti-Hindu donning saffron clothes. You did enormous damage to Hinduism. I am ashamed that you were born as a Telugu Brahmin. My grievance against Yamaraj is why did he wait this long!” Rao had tweeted.

On 25 July the same year, Rao had also posted a series of tweets claiming that concerted efforts have been made since Independence towards the “Abrahamisation of Hindu Civilisation”.

He claimed that in the first phase of “deracination of Hindus”, attempts were made towards “industrial scale distortion of history and negation and whitewashing of bloody Islamic invasions/rule”.

As an example, Rao cited the fact that names of roads, public places were allegedly named after “invaders” and there was “no mention about Krishna/Pandavas, the original builders of Delhi”.

He also said there was “enormous patronisation of pro-Left and pro-minority academicians/ scholars by government” and “systematic sidelining and elimination of all pro Hindu nationalists and academicians/scholars by government”.

Following these tweets, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had written to the Home Minister seeking action against Rao. But no case was registered in the matter.

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Career rife with financial irregularities complaints, probes

Rao, a 1986-batch IPS officer of the Odisha cadre, has also had a controversial career with several complaints of financial irregularities, influencing investigations and scuttling probes against him.

He has been accused of financial irregularities since his stint as chief of fire service directorate in Odisha’s Bhubaneshwar. Some complaints include scuttling and influencing investigations within the CBI, misappropriation of funds while in office, and his wife’s involvement in a shell company.

He has also been accused of closing inquiries against more than 70 Indian Revenue Services (IRS) officers, whose name figured in the Sanjay Bhandari diaries.

Bhandari, a chartered accountant, was arrested for alleged corruption along with the then Joint Commissioner of Income Tax Sallong Yaden in January 2015.

Rao was appointed as the interim CBI chief amid a spat between then Director General Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana in 2019.

Rao, who hails from Borenarsapur village in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh, is also said to be close to Central Vigilance Commissioner, K.V. Chaudhary, who is the nodal authority for the induction and repatriation of officers in the CBI.

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