JACKALS IN 1947, TODAY TIGERS
Date: 31 Mar 2009
IN 1947 JINNAH NOT ONLY CRIED, "WE WILL BREAK UP INDIA TO TAKE OUT PAKISTAN," BUT ALSO SAW TO GENOCIDE OF HINSUA AND SIKHS IN WEST PUNJAB. AT THAT TIME THE WHOLE OF HINDU NATION BECAME A JACKAL. NONE CALLED FOR JINNAH'S IMPRISONMENT AND NONE DARED
TO COMMEMORATE AUGUST 15 AS DAY OF MOURNING. BUT NOW THE WRATH OF CONGRESS IS UPON VARUN, THE YOUNG MAN WHO SPEAKS TRUTH BEFORE THIS DYING GENERATION OF ROTTEN HINDU POLITICIANS.
MP from Pilibhit jail
A stint in jail can do Varun Gandhi a load of good provided he has the good sense to ponder over recent events centering around him. Of course, self-introspection at this young age does not come easy, but the 29-year-old must ask himself why and how he finds himself behind bars. When earlier in the month he delivered himself of those ugly and incendiary words against Muslims in his putative parliamentary constituency, Pilibhit, it would have been far from his mind that those very words would soon come to haunt him. Haunt him they did, despite weak protests that the CD was fabricated and that he had not said some of the things it duly depicted him saying. Pointedly, he failed to single out the parts which were purportedly false. However, notwithstanding his denial, there is near-unanimity that the CD is not a fabrication, though his adversaries might have edited it to aggravate further the offensiveness of his message. He was boorish. No, he spoke like a lunatic. Nobody in his right mind would seek to work a partisan crowd with such a bile harangue against another religious community. This was the language of a bigot who had had no contact with modern world. Junior Gandhi cousin did his proper-proper English education no favour when he stooped to the level of the gutter. This was not expected even of Sanjay and Maneka Gandhi's son. Clearly, impetuosity was in his DNA. What seemed to have further fuelled his anger was a sense of frustration that an accident of history had catapulted the wrong cousin in the limelight whereas he was being made to struggle to make his own place in the BJP and public life. Life can indeed be unfair. But if, like his cousin, he has a sense of entitlement, by now he ought to have got himself rid of it since the keys to the family heirloom, that is, the Congress Party, were now with her aunt and cousin.
Most ironically, the junior Gandhi cousin will soon find that his wrong-headedness may well have earned him a lot of electoral capital. The media-orchestrated public outcry against his hate speech in the short-run at least seems to have made his election to parliament a foregone conclusion. The halo of martyrdom thrust on him by Chief Minister Mayawati, for her own electoral reasons, would indeed ensure that Varun Gandhi finds traction among the nation-wide Hindutva constituency. For, the invocation of the National Security Act was wholly unwarranted, especially when a number of provisions in the IPC were adequate to deal with his offence. The NSA would rule out his release on bail anytime soon. Which means that he would file his nomination papers for the Pilibhit Lok Sabha seat from jail. With him in jail, the on-rush of sympathy and anger in equal measure would ensure his victory in the poll. Couldn't his critics and opponents handle the issue of his tirade against Muslims differently. Now, perforce they have made him a junior Hindu Hraiday Samrat, a la Balasaheb Thackeray.
Honestly, Varun from his prison cell should send out `thank you notes' to the heads of various television channels for gratuitously bestowing celebrity on him. In the normal course, what should have been dismissed as the rantings of an overwrought young mind were picked on as a heinous crime merely because the offender was a Gandhi scion. That alone would explain why the threat by a Muslim speaker from the Congress platform to have any of his co-religionists voting for the BJP declared a ~kafir~ has been ignored by various television channels. Communalism, for this section, is only a one-way street. Only Hindus can be communal, you see. Those who offer Rs 25 lakhs for the Danish cartoonist, or threaten to kill President Bush if he visits India, can be displayed as a prize trophy by the AICC bigwigs. Hopefully, the Varun affair would slowly fade away from television screens; though one cannot be fully certain that they would not run a sort of prison diary, daily detailing as to whom he met, what he ate and what the great man said, etc. Meanwhile, one is aghast at the utterly irresponsible charge Maneka Gandhi hurled against a Muslim police officer in Pilibhit. She alleged that the said officer had personally led the lathi-charge against Varun's supporters when he courted arrest. It turns out that the said officer was nowhere near the scene. Clearly, Varun's mother was pandering to the same constituency that earlier her son had sought to incite by his hate speech. At least as a four-time MP, she ought to have exercised restraint and caution.