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IPS officer RS Praveen who led anti-Hindu oath joins BSP after taking voluntary retirement

A few days after taking voluntary retirement, controversial former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer R.S. Praveen Kumar on Sunday joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). He joined the party at a public meeting held in Nalgonda, in the presence of its national coordinator Ramji Gautam, and was subsequently appointed as the BSP’s Telangana state coordinator.

In his address at the meeting, Praveen Kumar called upon ‘Bahujans’ to ‘turn rulers and not slaves’. He urged them to strive to achieve political power.

Taking aim at the Telangana CM, Praveen Kumar remarked that if K. Chandrashekar Rao really ‘loves Dalits’, he should sell his assets and spend the money on their welfare, noting that the money which he claims to be spending on the ‘Dalit Bandhu’ program was “given by Dalits and tribals through irrigation”.

The 1995 IPS batch officer on July 19 had announced voluntary retirement from service. Praveen Kumar has been the secretary of the state government run Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) and the Telangana Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TTWREIS) for the last seven years.

“I shall use the rest of my life to fulfill the unfinished dreams of doyens of social justice, Mahatma Phule couple, Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar, Manyawar Shri Kanshiram, and many more torchbearers of our country. I sincerely pray to you all to bless and guide me as I start this new phase of my journey,” he had said in his message while announcing his decision to leave the service.

Anti-Hindu oath

In March, a video showing RS Praveen Kumar taking an anti-Hindu oath had gone viral. The oath-taking video was taken during the inauguration ceremony of the ‘Swaero holy month’ during which the members read the works of Dr. BR. Ambedkar and other activities related to ‘Dalit upliftment’. In the video people can be seen reciting that they’ll renounce Sanatana (Hindu) Dharma, they would neither believe in nor do puja to Hindu deities. “I believe in neither Rama nor Krishna. I won’t worship them. I don’t believe in Gowri or Ganapathy or any other Hindu deities” they can be heard reciting and officer RS Praveen Kumar is in the middle leading the oath with his hand held out.

‘Swaero’ is a term in which “sw” stands for social welfare, while the word “aero” refers to the sky. The movement is said to consist mainly of the alumni of the Telangana government’s residentials schools for SC/ST children (TSWREIS and TTWREIS), also known as Gurukul Pathshalas. Children of these schools are also encouraged to adopt the surname ‘Swaero’ and give up their ancestral/community identity. As the schools are tax-payer funded, such activities and oaths have raised alarms over what is being taught in them and their cult-like moulding of children.

In 2019, when an SC activist had raised questions about irregularities in the functioning of these residential schools, he was attacked at the Hyderabad Press Club. The controversial ex-IPS officer had made his antipathy for Hindu society clear when he concurred with a tweet that  ‘conversion is the only solution’ to issues faced by SC/STs.

(With IANS inputs)

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