And I used to stay in Delhi with one of the members of parliament from my constituency, Dr. Seth Govinddas. Both Seth Govinddas and Jugal Kishore Birla belong to the same caste, of Marwaris – they are the Jews of India – so he had found a medium to reach me. He asked Govinddas, “A meeting is absolutely necessary. You arrange it.”
Govinddas said to me, when I was staying with him in Delhi for a few days, “It will be immensely helpful for your work.”
I said, “In what way can Jugal Kishore Birla help my work? My work is to destroy Birlas, and Tatas, and Sahus” – the three great super-rich families of India – “how can he help me?”
He said, “But there is nothing wrong in meeting the man.” I said, “Okay.”
So I met the man, and he immediately made an offer to me: “I will give you a blank check, as I have given to Mahatma Gandhi.” And he had been supporting the freedom movement, and had a very clear vision of the future, that sooner or later these people would be the presidents, the prime ministers, so whatever he was giving them was an investment. Then he would take the advantage – and he was taking advantage, after the freedom of India. People who had been on a monthly salary from him…he had purchased their souls.
He told me, “Jaiprakash Narayan is on my payroll.”
I said, “If you can give me a blank check without any conditions, I will be grateful to you. But I don’t accept any conditions. I cannot sell myself.”
He said, “Conditions are bound to be there; otherwise why should I give you a blank check? I am a businessman.”
I said, “You may be a businessman, I am not.”
He said, “But my conditions are very simple: preach Hinduism to the world. And the second condition is, create a great movement in India to protect the cows from being slaughtered.”
I simply got up and I said, “Throw your blank check to the dogs! I am going.” Govinddas was very much embarrassed, because they all felt great respect for his money and his support.
And I told him, “You have asked me to come, and you have insulted me! Nothing can be more insulting than offering money as a bribe, trying to purchase a man. You cannot purchase me – nobody can purchase me. I am going to speak against Hinduism my whole life! You have strengthened my idea; you have reminded me that I have to take care of Hinduism. And I am going to fight with all those people who are trying to stop cow slaughter.”
That’s how I came to be the arch-enemy of the Shankaracharya of Puri, because he is the head of the movement to stop cow slaughter.
So I know from the very man himself, Jugal Kishore Birla, that the head of the Socialist Party and perhaps other leaders were on his payroll.
Why was he paying the socialists? What is the function of the socialist? The function is to divide the proletariat, to create barriers so the proletariat, the poor people, the labor unions, don’t go to the communists.