26 October, 2020

Middle-Class Hindu Hang-Up

Gopinath Munde once said he’d told cops to eliminate goons

Illustration by Saahil
Middle-Class Hindu Hang-Up

With polls on their mind, rival political parties have adopted rigid positions on the killing of eight SIMI boys who allegedly escaped from the Central Jail in Bhopal. While the Madhya Pradesh government and the party in power in that state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), defend the police action, the Congress and other smaller opposition parties have called the action a “fake encounter”.

If the votes to be harvested in elections are to be the arbiter in such matters, the BJP will win! Middle-class Hindus, in particular, feel a sense of security when such terrorists are eliminated by the police or security forces. The number of enthusiasts for such killings outnumbers those who denounce the short-cuts used. The BJP seems confident that it will gain political mileage in forthcoming electoral jousts if strong, decisive action by the security forces becomes an election issue.

I remember how Gopinath Munde, as home minister of Maharashtra in a previous Shiv Sena-BJP government, openly said in the assembly that he had directed his police force to eliminate...



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