Sadhvi Pragya- A textbook case of woman torture
The Congress party has been appeasing India’s minority-vote banks at record level since Independence and much before that. None of the liberals objected or pointed an accusing finger at the party for its blatant communal appeal. The world is made to believe that the minority pandering by the Congress as “protection of minority”, a basic principle of the liberal democracy mandated by the League of Nations after the world war-I and United Nations Organisation (UNO) after world war-II. The Congress used this principle (as appeasement of minorities) as a garb to garner minority-voters to tilt balance of victory to its side. In this process the party has been astutely politically expedient all along.
During the time of UPA I&II, though the Congress was in coalition government, with minor share of votes on it’s own, Sonia Gandhi ruled India from behind the curtain, is a fact. To please Her Highness, the so-called Hindus in the Congress, stooped to the level of calling their own religion: Hindu religion, a terror mongering one. In what way are they self-respecting? In thousands of years of history of Hindu ethos, none called the religion or its people supporters/perpetrators of terror. The Congress shamelessly called saffron terror/ Hindu terror only to malign this country’s majority in the eyes of the world.
The self-serving Hindu politicians of the Congress Messrs Digvijaya Singh, Chidambaram, the then Home Minister Susheel Kumar Shinde et.al coined the word, “saffron terror”/“Hindu terror” to please their High command Sonia ji. They are paying the price now with the entry of the victim of such labelled terror, Sadhvi Pragya entering into the poll fray against the very proponent of Hindu terror: Digvijaya Singh. Now, she is emboldened as the biggest political party in the ruling is at her back to support.
Digvijaya Singh’s outlandish conspiracy theories about the 26/11 Mumbai attack and the Batla-House encounter are explicit of his sectarian ideology. If anyone thinks or assess Sadhvi to be extreme in her ideology, the same applies to Singh. There’s nothing wrong in pitting one extreme against another. That’s what politics is all about.
Many liberal journalists are making a big hue and cry over terror cases against her. Whether the cases have any substance or are they fabricated is yet to be known when the jury is out. Sadhvi Pragya’s campaigning now is catching eye balls. Her revelations of her prison-life with third-degree torture by the police (to a woman who dedicated her life to protect Hindu Dharma) are drawing empathy and sympathy. Even if one assumes that she overstepped her brief in protecting her Dharma, the kind of treatment meted out to a woman in the cell is abominable. How does Priyanka Gandhi Vadra react to the inhuman treatment given to Sadhvi in their own Congress government? After all she (Priyanka Vadra) showed so much sympathy on Nalini (Rajiv Gandhi’s assassin in terror attack) by going to the prison to know her version of the crime and to pardon her! So also, Rahul Gandhi, a self-proclaimed “love-promoter”!
The story of Sadhvi Pragya is interesting as it unfolds the victimhood of a woman who was pulverised physically and humiliated mentally for no other reason other than the bike of hers having been used by someone in that terror act. There’s no direct role of hers or her part in it. No established fact till date of her involvement. She was imprisoned for nine years because some miscreant had used her bike. There was no charitable understanding what she said in those days of the Congress. No wonder, the Congress was shown the door in 2014. Not only that, it (the party) was also called pro Muslim and an anti-Hindu party.
A K Antony clearly stated this in his commissioned report: That people got a perception that the Congress bats for a few communities, especially minorities. The Congress cannot now use the double standards of a shield to minorities and a sword to majorities as people are wise enough to understand its tactics. All in all, Pragya Sadhvi’s candidature should be viewed in a woman-victimhood point, that too, in a gruelling way rather than on the issues that are under sub judice. To suffice it, even Priyanka Chaturvedi, the spokesperson of the Congress party, recently left the party due to ill treatment she got as a woman in the party.
I am Indira Garimella living in Hyderabad. I hold a Master’s Degree and M. Phil (in English) with M.Ed. I worked as PGT in English in Government run Residential Schools. I have been associated with Pragna Bharati, Hyderabad (an RSS backed NGO) for the past 25 years. I was one of the office-bearers in the Organisation from 1994 to 2004 i.e. I was the in-charge of Publications during that period. I have been a keen observer of National Politics and also write letters and articles to the English and Telugu newspapers from time to time.