20 September, 2020

The Platform Of Hate

Till now the intelligentsia has identified with Vajpayee's and Advani's Hindutva. But it can no longer ignore Singhal's venomous rants.

illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
The Platform Of Hate
Recently, the president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Ashok Singhal, made a statement at a large public gathering that constituted a crime under the Criminal Penal Code of India (CRPC). At the Shivala Bhaiyan temple in Amritsar, he said: "People say that I praise Gujarat. Yes I do. Gujarat has been a successful experiment. Godhra happened on February 27 and 50 lakh Hindus were on the streets the next day." He spoke with pride of the fact that entire villages had been "emptied of Islam" and whole communities of Muslims had been 'dispatched' to refugee camps. This, he claimed, was "a victory for Hindu society, and a first for the religion". Then came the most chilling statement of all: Gujarat would be repeated all over India.

Singhal's statements incontrovertibly violate section 302 of the crpc which makes incitement of communal violence a criminal, non-bailable offence. Why then is the Uttar Pradesh government letting him get away with it? Why, especially, is a government headed by Mayawati, which claims to draw its support from not just lower-caste Hindus but also...


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