Why show sympathy to the terror accused in the Malegaon blasts?
First it was the alleged involvement of Sadhvi Pragya Singh in the Malegaon bomb blasts and as more details of the conspiracy were revealed, more people (Hindus) have been accused, including an Army officer. And all sorts of accusations are flying around, for instance the group has been accused of being involved in other blasts like the Samjauta Express blast. In fact everytime I open the newspapers, there are new names, and new revelations. A recent one is that the Sadhvi and her associates were planning to kill some RSS leaders, some of their “own”! All this is being given out by the investigating agencies even before the chargesheet is filed, but then this isn’t something new. They always go into an overdrive, leaking preliminary findings after any major crime has been committed, mostly egged on by politicians. And then more accusations start to fly.
In this case the BJP has accused the Congress of leaking too much too soon. They have said that Congress is trying to please the Muslim community by ensuring that they are left in no doubt that the government prosecutes Hindus as vigorously as they prosecute Muslims (those accused in bomb blasts). The BJP has also accused the Congress and its allies of projecting India as a “Hindu terror” country.
The term “Hindu” terror makes me sick to the core, even more than the term Islamic terror (which I have always been opposed to) and I guess this is so because I am a Hindu.
The Congress on its part is accusing the BJP of politicising the blasts as well, as the BJP is showing some sympathy for the Malegaon blast accused. Initially, LK Advani, the BJP leader, had said (about a month ago) that if Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is found guilty, she should be punished. And he had also said that she has nothing to do with the BJP and if any one from any Sangh outfit found guilty of any crime that person should be brought to book. That seemed reasonable to me, because investigating agencies should be allowed to do their job. But disturbingly, this stance of the BJP has changed. Although there are voices within the BJP which do not agree with this new stance, their voices are being stifled.
Rajnath Singh has said that things like “those believing in cultural nationalism cannot ever take to terror.” And Advani has now condemned the “barbaric treatment” meted out to a “spiritual person.” With Advani and Rajnath Singh in the lead, it appears as if everyone in the Sangh Parivar is sympathetic to Pragya Singh, Col. Purohit and other Malegaon blast accused and the general consensus seems to be that these people have been wrongly accused.
But how can the BJP be so sure that these people are innocent? Suppose solid evidence is found against these people? How will they face the electorate?
Or do they feel that the Hindu majority is so naïve as to believe that “saints” cannot be involved in bomb blasts? We know that so-called saints are involved in murder and rape, so why cannot they be involved in terror? And Advani and others seem very concerned that the Sadhvi was tortured, but what about the scores of Muslims who have been tortured, many of them innocent? Or do they feel that the Hindu majority only cares about its own? Or do they think that the Hindu majority toes the Shiv Sena line and secretly believes that the bomb blasts are justifed? The Shiv Sena has said that Hindus are retaliating was because “when people get tired of not getting justice, they take up arms. If the government had taken action against terrorists earlier, then Hindu groups won’t have been accused of such activities.”
Sure, India has bled for over over 20 years due to bomb blasts and it is not surprising that some sort of retaliation happened, as there are violent people in all religions. But that doesn’t mean it’s justified. The most important thing is that tit for tat is not the answer, and violence is never justified. Heck, we will have a civil war on our hands! Anyone who plants a bomb and kills innocent people, whether he is Muslim or Hindu or Christian is a murderer and killer, however “justified” his cause, however many grievances he has.
But does the BJP think that we Hindus want radical groups to kill and murder innocent people? Or do they feel that the Hindu public has sympathy for the Malegoan blast accused because they believe them to be innocent? Why are they saying that these people are innocent even before the investigation is over?
Apparently, the reason is that Advani got “feedback from the ground” that there is a public wave of sympathy for the blast accused. If this is true, I am asking why?? Do our people believe that revenge is the answer? Or are they so religious that they think that “saints” are not capable of evil, that this is all a conspiracy and that the accused have been framed?
I personally believe in the goodness of human beings, whatever their religion. I cannot believe that a majority of people feel that killing innocent people is justified or understandable. But yes, people can be misled by rhetoric into thinking that the Malegoan blast accused are not guilty, even after evidence is found against them. Haven’t we seen this in the Muslim community as well? There has been widespread denial for many years, and in fact it is the good people who often actually believe that their people cannot do this, that it is some “other,” that it is all a conspiracy.
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