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Playing politics with terrorism

New Delhi, Thu, 20 Nov 2008 Vikash Ranjan

In the election season political parties do everything to woo voters. What is being done now-a-days by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or other Hindu organisations is nothing different from it. In fact, they are trying to politicise a sensitive issue of national interests which must not be allowed, at least until the probe of Malegaon blasts case is closed.

The veteran BJP leaders, be the party’s presidential candidate L K Advani or national president Rajnath Singh, are all trying to reach on instant conclusion when the case being conducted by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is in the midway and far from conclusion.

BJP is charging the Maharashtra state and Congress for misusing the power and trapping Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who was arrested along with some other right wing Hindu activists and a serving Indian army officer, in the Malegaon blasts case she was not involved.

Advani not only defended Sadhvi but also accused ATS as biased against Sadhvi and the army personnel, and even blamed ATS for acting in a politically motivated and unprofessional manner.

Advani called for changes in the composition of the state’s ATS team, which arrested Sadhvi and others in the Malegaon blasts. His demand, though, was turned down later by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

A question naturally crops up here in everyone’s mind: How Advani is so sure about Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s innocence when evidences thus far collected pointing towards her involvement in the case.

Moreover, if Advani is not convinced about the outcome of the probe so far, he or any other sceptical people can take shelter of courts. The ATS can be challenged in courts. But such a loose talk will not do any good for the nation, except fuelling hate politics to take firm ground.

BJP’s affiliation with Hindu organisations such as VHP and RSS is all evident despite some differences of opinion recently between them. But defending an accused on that ground and in the wake of Hindu politics cannot be justified, especially from a leader like Advani who has been attacking terrorism.

This is the same Advani who used to speak about POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) and advocating stringent anti-terrorist laws to rein in terrorism, and on numerous occasions has been saying to make ‘terrorism’ a poll plank.

Would he differentiate terrorism carrying out by feeble-minded people belong to either Hindu or Muslim or any other community? No, he cannot. In fact, nobody should make any attempt to play on terrorism because terrorist is only a criminal and s/he has no religion. Terrorism— a global threat to humanity needs to be dealt with collective firm hand; double standard-opinion would only embolden it.

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