When killing becomes the motive and motivation

Nothing has brought home to decent, ordinary, law-abiding, apolitical Indians the brazen disregard for the law of the land of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) than its verbal callisthenics and physical contortions after the arrest of the thuggish minister of State for home of vibrant Gujarat, Amit Shah.

First, an infantile leadership commandeered by the “former future prime minister of India“, Lalchand Kishinchand Advani, cancels a luncheon appointment with the prime minister, couching the fact that it was the Supreme Court not the Congress that ordered the CBI to probe the cold-blooded murder of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauserbi.

Then, Narendra Damodardas Modi spots the usual ghosts of Gujarati asmita trying to “put obstacles in development work” although his own police had spoken of the “collusion of state government“. The party’s “mouth ke saudagar” wax eloquent on TV on how a gangster/extortionist somehow deserved the kind of death he got.

In all of this, there is not one word of remorse at lives cruelly snuffed out by agents of the State acting clearly at the behest of their political masters; as if the sight of a dozen IPS officers cooling their blood-stained heels in jail or a home minister absconding and not attending office is a normal thing.

In all of this, there is not the least bit of introspection on the part of the chief minister of a State—the State’s home minister, Amit Shah’s boss, to wit—who openly bayed for the blood of those he vacuously claimed had been sent to kill him.

And now the comical president of the BJP, Nitin Gadkari, delivers this tell-tale piece of evidence of the party’s mad machismo—the pumped-up blood-lust that has been sangh parivar’s signature since 1948 but especially since 2002—against the Supreme Court-ordered inquiry, in the Hindustan Times:

“If such inquiries are launched into encounters, then would police kill criminals? Who will fight terrorism?”

As if the police can be judge, jury and executioner.

As if there is no difference between vigilantes and uniformed cops.

As if the first action of the police when they spot a criminal is to kill.

As if those empowered to enforce the law should bypass the Constitution.

Cartoon: courtesy Keshav/ The Hindu

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