Editorial

No slip of tongue

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/18/2019 12:43:40 PM IST

 Even though Pragya Singh Thakur is a well known extreme Hindu right wing and accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, she was warmly welcomed to the BJP after the party immediately gave her a clean chit by maintaining that she was a victim of the UPA government. After her arrest on October 24, 2008, the investigation revealed a broad network and detailed planning to take revenge against ‘Jihadi’ terrorism. The prime members of the network consisted of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Sunil Joshi and Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Sarkar. While Thakur and Joshi were accused in the Malegaon blasts, Aseemanand was accused in the Samjhauta Express blasts. Interestingly, all accused have been associated with Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). The chargesheet filed by ATS revealed that Thakur was part of most of the meetings that took place across the country to target Muslim majority areas to avenge the killing of people in Gandhinagar’s Akshardham Temple in 2002. In April 2017, Pragya was granted bail by the Bombay High Court where she claimed she had become infirm owing breast cancer and was not receiving adequate treatment at an Ayurvedic Hospital she was lodged in. Pragya Singh Thakur was given the BJP ticket for Bhopal parliamentary seat in place of sitting MP Alok Sanjar who won in 2014 with a huge margin of 63% of the votes polled. The fact that Pragya has been on hectic campaign should have made the court take suo moto notice and initiating action for contempt of court. In the course of being felicitated like a heroine who had been victimised, Pragya fired her first venomous slur in April by targeting late 26/11 martyr and hero Hemant Karkare chief of Anti Terrorist Squad(ATS) of the Mumbai Police. She spewed venom on the memory of the slain police hero by maintaining that he(Karkare) died of his “karma”. She said “I told him ‘You will be destroyed,’ and just over a month later, terrorists killed him.” Initially the BJP neither disapproved or condemned the statement, but after the huge uproar across the nation, the party had to distance itself from the statement. Having had to backtrack from her venomous remark, it was expected that Pragya would be more careful about what she says. It was not a case of having a habitually loose mouth but a clear proof of the ideology which believes that those who oppose it are the nation’s enemies. The Hindutva activist, who proudly claims to have been part of the mob that demolished Babri Masjid, stirred a hornet’s nest by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a ‘deshbhakt’ (patriot). For them Mahatma Gandhi the father of the nation is held responsible for allowing the partition of India by appeasing Jinnah and the Muslim League. At a rally Pragya said “Nathuram Godse was a patriot and will remain so. People calling him a terrorist should introspect. They will be given a befitting reply in these elections.” Those who had attacked the Mahatma in the past see him as a betrayer but today they praise him in order to win over the people of the country. Prime minister Modi said he’ll never forgive Pragya for her comment. Hopefully he will also not forgive those whose praises had encouraged her say to what she has been saying.

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