“Their main assignments were providing protection for Nazi rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of the opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary units of the opposing parties (especially the Rotfrontkämpferbund) and intimidating Slavic and Romani citizens, unionists and Jews”
<< though not an exact comparison ,its function is roughly analogous to RSS & the assorted Hinduvata groups
“SS members generally came from the middle class, while the SA had its base among the unemployed and working class. Politically speaking, the SA were more radical than the SS, with its leaders arguing the Nazi revolution had not ended when Hitler achieved power”
<<< Similarly the Middle class & the corporate class is backing Modi in expectations of robust economic growth, whereas the RSS sees Modi only as a step (albeit an important one) in its larger Hinduvata project.
“Hitler’s appointment as chancellor, followed by the suppression of all political parties except the Nazis, did not end the violence of the stormtroopers. Deprived of Communist party meetings to disrupt, the stormtroopers would sometimes run riot in the streets after a night of drinking. They would attack passers-by, and then attack the police who were called to stop them. Complaints of “overbearing and loutish” behaviour by stormtroopers became common by the middle of 1933. The Foreign Office even complained of instances where brownshirts manhandled foreign diplomats. The stormtroopers’ behaviour disturbed the German middle classes and other conservative elements in society, such as the army.”
<<< If the incidents in Mangalore BJP’s own little Hinduvata laboratory on India’s south western coast are any indication of things to come , emboldened Hinduvata groups in India’s urban areas may intensify their moral policing, targeting restaurants and Pubs ( albeit for entirely different reasons of Hitler’s brown shirts) would be a embarrassment for Modi , especially his corporate backers and his yuppie electoral base.
In a recent article, a JNU professor argues http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/because-modi-doesnt-travel-light/
“However, those who advocate Modi do not realise that the problem is not so much the man himself, but his party, the BJP, and the ideological and social baggage he will bring with him as PM. Modi has signalled that he would moderate his Hindutva stand and concentrate on economic policy and improved governance as in Gujarat. Much of his campaign has been along these lines. But Modi’s appointment would immediately encourage the RSS and a host of extreme rightwing fringe organisations belonging to the Sangh Parivar, such as the VHP and Bajrang Dal among others, who would be more difficult to control than in the past.”
<<< This argument totally ignores Modi’s stellar history in clipping the wings of VHP, RSS elements and keeping them in check in his home turf of Gujarat . But even if Modi manages to become the PM , besides the hindi belt , BJP wouldn’t be able to secure the control of most state governments in South or the North East . So militant Hinduvata groups can be expected to act under an entirely different set of rules in non-BJP states. Hitler cultivated SS and made it split from the ‘brown shirts’ , the organisation of which originally it was merely a branch and transformed it in to his personal enforcement arm fanatically loyal to his personality cult , similarly Modi could transform a group like Bajrang Dal in to his personal enforcement militia loyal only to him and use them to bring Hinduvata elements that stray from his control