25 October, 2020

Jail Bird's Song

His bout of coyness may (not) last. But the law is one antidote to Togadia Updates

Jail Bird's Song
Has the Congress finally found a magic wand to contain the rampaging forces of Hindutva? If certain strongarm (and legitimate) measures taken in the two Congress-ruled states—Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh—are any indication, the answer is yes. Top Congress leaders say that a "fight fire with fire" approach to nip this "extremism" in the bud lies at the core of this strategy. What's more, they say, it's producing tangible results.

The success of this tough line was proved—albeit provisionally—when VHP firebrand Praveen Togadia came out on bail from Ajmer central jail in Rajasthan on April 22. Gone was the vim and venom, as he walked out amidst a small crowd comprising state BJP chief Vasundhararaje, VHP leader Acharya Giriraj Kishore and others who came late on the scene. Overtly defensive, and pensive, a subdued Togadia maintained that the campaign to distribute trishuls would continue; but he appealed to the Rajasthan government to 'redefine' the trishul so that a new design could be made. He appeared fairly chastened. "Our fight is not against the Congress," he said....


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