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Righto. Back to one of my favourite topics: Sangh Parivar bashing. Two news items in consecutive days have made me feel ecstatic about the saffron brigade.
Doctors asking the Medical Council of India to deregister Pravin Togadia
In case you folks didnt know, Pravin Togadia (of the VHP) is an oncologist, i.e. someone who treats, diagnoses tumours, most of the time cancerous ones. I find it totally ironical that someone who treats tumours and cancers actually goes around spreading them through his blatant hatred for Muslims. The BJP shot itself in its foot by inviting him to a meeting of the party's minorities cell. Togadia lashed out at his favourite targets, saying "No one can protect minorities in the country. This can be possible only if they are able to get the love of the majority. But, love is not a one way traffic."
If nothing, it is blatant blackmail. Agree to our demands, else .... The same blackmail which the Prime Minister refused to allow become a negotiating tool. I wonder why on earth he was invited to the meeting. Was it a deliberate ploy from the BJP high command to make the Muslims in the party feel squeamish and agree to the demands?
Advani claiming that the Gujarat riots were an aberration
The deputy PM said that Gujarat's image had been affected abroad due to a "sustained propaganda''. He also criticised those who "knowingly or unknowingly'' brought a bad name to the State (and to India) with propaganda about the riots. The shocking admission that the riots were an aberration flies in the face of Narendra Modi's repeated claims (before the investigating agencies too, if I remember correctly) that communal riots in Gujarat had been a regular feature since the 1960s or so. Advani's argument takes the cake. Gujarat (and by extension, India) have a bad image not because of the riots, but because of the people (media, NGOs etc.) who exposed the politicians for what they are. This sums up the BJP's motto. You're a criminal only when you commit a crime and get caught, if you dont get caught, then you're not.
I came across this interesting link while hunting around for quotes.
Labels: gujarat violence 2002
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