Patricide!

There could not be a worse crime than patricide in any civilised society.

Patricide!

There could not be a worse crime than patricide in any civilised society. The BJP is proposing to do just that by promising, in its Maharashtra election manifesto, to confer the ultimate national honour of Bharat Ratna on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, accused No. 7 in the Gandhi murder case. Savarkar’s apology to the British and his subsequent release from Kalapani’s Cellular Jail — when brave freedom fighters remained steadfast in their resolve to rot and die there — is a matter of less importance. An apologist can be feted, but not someone who was accused of conspiring to kill the Father of the Nation. While convicting all others, it is a fact that trial judge Atma Charan had acquitted Savarkar on the technical ground that there was no corroborative evidence to prove the approver Digambar Badge’s statement. Later, GD Khosla, writing the judgment for the full Bench of the Shimla High Court, found enough evidence to corroborate Badge’s testimony. But it was too late because the Nehru government had not appealed against Savarkar’s acquittal.

The celebration of an accused in the Mahatma’s murder doesn’t belong to the ethos of Ram Rajya, but to that of Aurangzeb’s court. The Mughal emperor held his father a prisoner and killed his brothers to grab the empire — all for Islamic piety. For a party that came to power in the name of Ram, there ought to have been a greater understanding of what the prince of Ayodhya stood for: fulfilling the wishes of a father, who was clearly committing a grievous mistake.

Does Lord Ram need another temple in Ayodhya? Well, demolition of a mosque and the building of a temple on that very site — through mediation or court orders — again remind one of Mughal atrocities and not Hindu generosity. No temple is ever built on a graveyard. The Babri Masjid site is the graveyard of the Gandhian Republic. The new temple that will soon come up there does little for Hinduism because Lord Ram, the maryada purushottam, would not have wished ill for any of his subjects, whatever be their faith.

 

Top Stories

'Raised issues of principles, don’t crave for any post': Sachin Pilot after meeting Cong leaders

'Raised issues of principles, don’t crave for any post': Sachin Pilot after meeting Cong leaders

Sonia Gandhi to set up panel to address rebel's concerns

UGC questions decision of Maharashtra, Delhi to cancel final-year exams

UGC questions decision of Maharashtra, Delhi to cancel final-year exams

Refuses to relent on September 30 deadline; further hearing ...

Former president Pranab Mukherjee undergoes brain surgery

Former president Pranab Mukherjee undergoes brain surgery

Tests positive for coronavirus, now on ventilator support

Poisonous substance killed Pak migrants: Post mortem; note accuses police of harassment

Poisonous substance killed Pak migrants: Post mortem; note accuses police of harassment

11 Pakistani Hindu migrants were found dead at a farm in Raj...

Sushant Rajput death: Rhea alleges ‘media trial’, urges SC to protect her right to privacy

Sushant Rajput death: Rhea alleges ‘media trial’, urges SC to protect her right to privacy

Opposes transfer of Patna FIR to CBI; says she is being made...

Cities

View All