BJP president Rajnath Singh and the party’s prime minister hopeful L.K. Advani have declared that the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Maharashtra police should let off the Malegaon blast accused—“Sadhvi” Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt. Col. Shrikant Purohit, et al—because “they are Hindus and Hindus cannot be terrorists,” a point also underlined by the sane sages of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
V.K. Malhotra, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, too says Hindus cannot be terrorists “because it is neither in their genes, nor in their character.”
Dipankar Gupta, who teaches sociology at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, writes in Mail Today:
“Why should the law accept such mock syllogism? If the same BJP could POTA to catch Muslim terrorists, why is it changing the rules now?
“In the wake of these arrests BJP’s ideological construct comes through clearly. It is fundamentally repugnant to the idea that citizenship extend equally to minorities. BJP would be happiest if there were a differentiated law.
“If in the times of Manu punishment depend on the caste of the alleged offender, for the BJP it should be decided on the basis of religion. It was faith that convinced BJP that Sita‘s rasoi was indeed located in the precincts of the Babri masjid; it is faith again that tells them that Hindus cannot be terrorists. In both instances faith clearly trumps the law.”
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