Tuesday, April 28, 2015

VHP leader links Nepal earthquake to ‘beef eating’ // Rahul+Kedarnath= Earthquake!

HARIDWAR: Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Prachi kicked up yet another controversy when she came up with her logic on the recent earthquake that devastated Nepal. Commenting the most unreasonable statement that could come at this tragic time, controversial BJP functionaries, Saksha Maharaj and Sadhvi Prachi have linked the earthquake in Nepal to Rahul Gandhi’s Kedarnath visit.

Speaking to media persons in Haridwar, Sakshi Maharaj said, “Rahul Gandhi eats beef and goes to the holy shrine without purifying himself, the earthquake was bound to happen.”

It may be mentioned here that the lady was in the news recently for calling the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi a British Agent. She was the same lady who said, “Those who do not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, ‘Vande Mataram’, insult the national flag and those who indulge in cow slaughter have no right to live in India.” 

Rahul+Kedarnath= Earthquake!
Rahul Gandhi eats beef, and goes to the holy shrine (Kedarnath) without purifying himself. The earthquake was bound to happen,” Maharaj told reporters in Haridwar says the Times of India. Present on the occasion was VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi who according to The Tribune said Rahul’s Kedarnath’s pilgrimage was an “ill omen.” The last time he had visited Uttarakhand there had been a flash flood, this time an earthquake. “This is due to the visit of Rahul Gandhi, who is non-vegetarian,” Sadhvi Prachi allegedly told a gathering of religious leaders.

Rahul Gandhi might eat beef or he might not eat beef. But that is not Sakshi Maharaj’s or Sadhvi Prachi’s business. Whether he made the remarks in sardonic jest or in all seriousness, Maharaj was displaying classic troll behavior – no matter what the event, no matter how unrelated, find a way to tie it to your opposition leader and flog your pet cause.

In Sakshi Maharaj’s case it was a twofer - the sacred cow and his beef with Rahul Gandhi.
It’s a strange and whimsical God that punishes hapless people in Nepal for the alleged transgressions of Rahul Gandhi in Kedarnath but logic never stands in the way of those who want to shamelessly use an earthquake as their bully pulpit for a little bonus PR. Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Prachi are hardly unique in this regard. The Advocate listed many religious leaders who are prone to read signs into all calamities as if they are Delphic oracles.

American preacher Pat Robertson blamed the 6.7 Northridge earthquake in California on “God’s displeasure with gays and lesbians, pro-choice activists and perversity.” Orthodox rabbi Yehuda Levin blamed the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti on the island’s high HIV rates. After the 9/11 attack, American preacher Jerry Falwell said “pagans and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle” were among those who “helped this happen.”

God sometimes does have the last laugh. Robertson once blamed the approaching Hurricane Bonnie in Florida on Disney launching Gay Day in Disney World. But the hurricane suddenly veered away, gave Florida a miss and battered the east coast instead. One of the places hardest hit was the headquarters of Robertson’s own 700 Club in Virginia.

But that has not shut up Robertson and his ilk. Sakshi Maharaj merely follows in that grand tradition. The difference, however, is Maharaj is a BJP MP, elected and accountable, a representative of the people in the way the wild and woolly Robertsons are not. The fulminations of an American televangelist can be dismissed as wild-eyed ranting of deluded PR-hungry self-styled godmen. And they are the bosses of their little religious empires and can decide the earth is flat if they want. With Sakshi Maharaj however this is our tax rupees at work. He is the representative of a party and supposedly answerable to its leadership. And the more the likes of him get away with outrageous statements, the more they sully their own party.

Sakshi Maharaj, of course, is a fine one to be pointing fingers at anyone. He was booked in 2013 along with his brother and two others for the murder of a college principal in UP who was his former disciple and involved in a property dispute with him. He was expelled from the Rajya Sabha for misusing constituency funds, is an accused in the Babri Masjid demolition and spent a month in Tihar jail on rape charges. He was acquitted for lack of evidence but his career has been a colourful one as he built himself an empire of ashrams...