What Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Lt. Colonel Purohit have done (if they were indeed involved in the heinous attacks they have been accused of) is that in addition to dragging the name of the One and True God Prabhuji into their agenda of hate, they have handed to the apologists of Jihadi terror, Pakistani media and the Arundhati-Sabrang crowd a Diwali-and-Christmas-gift-for-all-eternity-rolled into-one which will keep on giving for years on end.
The involvement of Hindu right-wing elements in planned acts of urban mayhem will now be used, ad nauseum for years to come to support the central thesis of their arguments—-all acts of terrorism in India are done by Hindus and blamed on innocent Muslims and on Pakistani agents. The presence of an armed force officer in the list of accused is the proverbial icing on the cake, providing great potential to be spun as the shadow of a darker government conspiracy, sure to throw Arundhuti Roy into paroxysms of delight and the Arabic media, which once accused the Indian and Jewish government of having triggered the tsunami, into absolute hate-filled delirium.
For me however what has been illuminating, though not by any means surprising is how the drama of the Malegaon blasts has exposed, once again, the hypocrisy of both the extreme ends of the political spectrum—the Left wing/Islamic terror apologists on one hand and the Hindu Right wing on the other.
When Islamic youth are arrested for acts of terror, the Left wing/liberals/apologists will 1) take to the streets, sign petitions and froth themselves into a frenzy refusing to even acknowledge the fact that those accused may actually be guilty 2) point out the holes in police procedure and the government case against those arrested 3)strongly speak out against the “trial by media” whereby the press labels the “innocents” as Islamic terrorists 4) implicitly justify these heinous acts by repeating words like “Gujarat”, “Babri Masjid”, “marginalization”, “institutionalized bias”.
However when Hindus are arrested for similar acts of urban warfare, they 1) stay inside their homes and make no presumptions of innocence 2) are totally comfortable with the weakness of the government case and police ineptness or at the very least do not equate it with a setup 3) are silent with regards to the “trial by media” and actively participate in it, 4) provide no justifications of the act.
Similarly when an Islamic hand is discovered, the Hindu right wing will 1)castigate the Muslim community for not sufficiently condemning the terrorist attacks, as if the entire community is to be held responsible for the acts of a few 2) label a person as “guilty” the moment he is arrested.
However when the accused are members of the Hindu militant right, they 1) do not expect Hindus to condemn their brethren with the same shrillness that is expected of Muslims 2) go to great lengths to point out that the Sadhvi and the Colonel have just been “accused” and should be considered innocent till proven guilty 3) accuse the government of setting up these people as part of a large conspiracy re-using ironically the same liberal rhetoric that I talked about previously, albeit in a diametrically opposite context, 4) point out weaknesses in the official case against those arrested displaying a depth of analysis and Sherlockian powers of induction not displayed when someone of another faith is arrested, 5) justify the acts as a token “reaction” to the deluge of Islamic terror and 6) use lines like “But then something happens in a non descript town in the interiors of one State, where one bomb explodes and a few people died” as if the fact that the town is “non-descript” and the people killed were “few” makes the crime any less important than it is and that makes the press attention on such incidents proof of a hidden agenda.
If there is any silver lining from the recent incidents is that it has shown, that the investigating authorities, inept as they may be, target the majority community in the same way as they do minorities (rightly or wrongly) and this should conclusively demonstrate that there exists no deep-rooted, government-mandated bias against Muslims, a bias that has the implicit support of the majority Hindus. Of course, given the ossified, hate-filled perspectives of the Azmis and the Hashmis and the Roys and the Setalvads and their agenda of slandering India, I am sure that this is not something they would like to highlight in their rantings.
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