The Information and Technology minister in Modi's Cabinet, Ravi Shankar Prasad, a seasoned RSS cadre slammed online trolls for expressing happiness over the killing of senior journalist Gouri Lankesh. Prasad in a Twitter expressed his anger against those cheering Gouri’s killing.
His Twitter read: “I strongly condemn and deplore the messages on social media expressing happiness on the dastardly murder of Gouri Lankesh.”
I strongly condemn & deplore the messages on social media expressing happiness on the dastardly murder of #Gaurilankesh.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) September 6, 2017
Very kind of this minister!
But Ravi Shankar Prasad must tell us whom he is advising. Those criminals who are celebrating 'vadh' of Gouri Lankesh on social media or otherwise are hardened Hindutva practitioners who believe in converting democratic-secular India into a Hindu Pakistan.
In fact, it has been an old practice of Hindutva practitioners to celebrate the killing of opponents as 'vadh'. They did it after the killings of Narender Dhabolkar, Govind Pansare and Professor MM Kalburgi.
In fact, they did the same after the killing of Gandhiji by 'Hindu nationalists'. This debased practice was brought to notice by the first Home Minister of India, Sardar Patel. Sardar Patel in a letter dated 11 September 1948 to the then boss of RSS, Golwalkar wrote: "The RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death."
If someone believes that these celebrations took place without the knowledge of RSS/BJP top leadership, you are grossly mistaken. A prominent Hindutva organization, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), allied to RSS has been regularly holding national conventions for "Establishment of Hindu Nation‟ in India. In 2013 one such convention was held in Goa.
It is to be noted that members of one avtar of HJS, Sanatan Sanstha have been found indulging in bomb blasts at Muslim institutions and are under investigation for the murder of renowned secular intellectuals like Govind Pansare and Narendra Dhabolkar. This convention started its proceedings with a felicitation message from the then CM of Gujarat, Narendra Bhai Modi wishing HJS all success in its project of turning India into a Hindu Nation.
Shockingly, from the same dais in this convention from where Modi's felicitation message was read, one of the prominent speakers, K.V. Sitaramiah, declared that Gandhi was 'terrible, wicked and most sinful'.
Rejoicing the killing of M.K. Gandhi, he went on to declare, “As Bhagwan Shri Krishna said in the Gita, Paritranaya Sadhunam Vinashaya Cha Dushkritam/ Dharamasansthapnaya Sambhavami Yuge-Yuge (For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked and for the establishment of righteousness, I am born in every age) On…30th January 1948 evening, Shriram came in the form of Nathuram Godse and ended the life of Gandhi.”
K.V. Sitaramiah has also authored a book titled 'Gandhi was Dharma Drohi and Desa Drohi' in which the text at the back cover, quoting from the epic Mahabharata, demands 'Dharma Drohis must be killed' and "Not killing the deserved to be killed is great sin". He goes to, the extent of warning members of Indian Parliament that "where the members of Parliament seeing clearly allow to kill Dharma and truth as untruth, those members will be called dead".
Prasad must talk to his alma mater RSS and other Hindutva organizations to discard this inhuman and barbaric practice.
[Shamsul Islam is a retired professor of Delhi University. For some of his writings in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu & Gujarati see the following link: http://du-in.academia.edu/ShamsulIslam Facebook: shams shamsul Twitter: @shamsforjustice, Email: email@example.com]