A summarised version (of my comments) has been published in the Indian Express April 25, 2014. My main point is that our opinion-makers refuse to address the normalisation of violence. Maoist violence is a security threat, but the violence of the 'mainstream' is patriotic. In his new piece, an interview with the BJP president, Gupta again leaves out the violence that the 'parivar' has been known for - see the list of 6 commissions of inquiry below, in my comments. (Not to mention the infamous Samjhauta train bombing). Yet we are assured that our 'institutions' will resist any subversion of democracy! When our leading media-persons cannot even ask serious questions of the powers-that-be, how can they talk about the strength of our institutions? Clearly, Indian liberalism is blind and mute when necessary. DS
This anti-Modi battle cry is lazy, illiberal and an affront to Muslims — and to Hindus.
the truth is, the Muslim vote has been hostage to fear - true
mainstream, liberal politics in
To insinuate that this mass of Hindus will be voting Modi because they have suddenly turned communal is unfair - yes, it would be very unfair. Who has made this extreme proposition? Is this sentence not itself an insinuation?
Both Gupta and others of similar inclination remind us of
Given Mr Modi's known prejudices, how do we know that a new dispensation headed by him and his Parivar will not sabotage the already frail justice system? And is this a straw in the wind? Sleuth probing Gujarat encounters shifted, probe hit
See: Narendra Modi guilty under international law : A comment beneath this linked article asks what this doctrine is - here's some information. The commenter also asks whether those responsible for violent incidents under Congress regimes ought also to be held guilty under this law. To which the answer is simple: Yes, indeed. It's funny how the sympathisers of the RSS/BJP assume that anyone who asks for justice over 2002 is somehow bound to be a partisan of the hooliganism of Congress in 1984. And for those unaware of it, here's some reference to BJP cadre involved in the 1984 violence)
And for those who keep insisting that those who keep 2002 in sight are silent about 1984 (as if one massacre deserves another), here is an archive from the mid and late 1980's:
A Brief History of the Sampradayikta Virodhi Andolan (SVA)
CONSTITUTION OF the Sampradayikta Virodhi Andolan 1989
Political Resolution of the Annual Convention of the SVA, Delhi, March 1992
Purushottam Agrawal - General Elections 2014 and the Challenge of Communal Fascism
The edge of oblivion
Modi says Congress committed 'sin' of partition/The Non-politics of the RSS.
WOLE SOYINKA: Religion Against Humanity
On 'revolution': Closing the Circle (Frontier Vol 45, No. 7, Aug 26 -Sep 1, 2012)
The Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi
Terrifying implications of the Staines judgement
Murder of TP Chandrasekharan 2012