Will the Hindu Mahasabha that Reenacted Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination Be Branded Anti-National?

Politics

Will the Hindu Mahasabha that Reenacted Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination Be Branded Anti-National?

Illustration: Arati Gujar

M

ahatma Gandhi has been dead for 71 years. Maybe the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha didn’t get the memo (or was punished outside class during history lessons), because they chose to mark Martyrs Day by shooting at an effigy of the Father of the Nation and setting it on fire. Thirteen people have been booked for this “historical re-enactment”, which was more tasteless than SuSu Swamy’s diagnosis of Priyanka Gandhi.

Despite the police action, the BJP and their supporters, normally so quick to lob accusations of anti-nationalism at those who don’t subscribe to its singular view of patriotism, have remained silent. In its eyes, something as innocuous as criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi or not standing up for the national anthem in a movie hall is seen as evidence of anti-Indian sentiments. Yet defiling the legacy of one of India’s greatest freedom fighters seems to get a free pass.

READ MORE

Comments