…Gandhi-bashing ought not to surprise us anymore. Ambedkarites do it quite frequently as they suspect savarna Gandhi’s approach to the caste question; the writer Arundhati Roy further glamourises this ‘anti-Gandhi’ campaign. But praising his assassin takes matters to a different dimension.
What Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement indicates is that the dominant ideology of Hindutva-induced nationalism wants Gandhi to die every moment. Occasionally, Modi and his lieutenants can ‘praise’ the Mahatma and try to sell the ‘brand’ for their instrumental interests. But the fact is that they cannot stand Gandhi. What adds to the tragedy is that even many ‘progressive’ and ‘secular’ individuals are not very sincere in their engagement with Gandhi.
Why is this so? There are two primary reasons. First, the toxic political culture that the ruling regime has been nurturing since 2014 has aroused and activated our brute instincts. Its manifestations are diverse and many. Look at Amit Shah’s road shows, including the last one in Kolkata, his body language and gestures. See how the Prime Minister loses the grace of the position and resorts to the language of abuse we often hear in road side dhabas.…
- Had Amit Shah been serious, they would have acted against Pragya by now – By Faraz Ahmad (May 18, 2019, National Herald)
- PM Won’t Forgive Pragya Thakur; Will He Punish Her? – By Shobhaa De (May 17, 2019, NDTV)
- BJP’s Sadhvi test – Editorial (May 18, 2019, Indian Express)
- Will an Anti-BJP Front Be a Reality After May 23? The Congress Seems to Think So – By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta