Journalist Gauri Lankesh’s gruesome murder ought to have shaken the collective conscience of most politicians in India but not the followers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who continued to rejoice her assassination.
One user followed by PM Modi even went on to declare that the deceased a ‘bitch’ who had died like a dog while adding that those mourning her death were puppies.
Other right-wing Hindutva sympathisers too weren’t far behind when they said Lankesh’s murder was like fate catching up with her. Social media erupted with demands for Modi to at least unfollow those, who regularly issued rape and death threats to the critics of the government even as no reaction came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning Lankesh’s assassination.
It took one Gandhi in BJP to break the silence when the BJP MP, Varun Gandhi posted an incredibly poignant tweet. Gandhi, known for writing intellectually stimulating columns in newspapers across India, wrote, ”
This message reminds me of the irony that a woman of scholarship & courage was assassinated on Teacher’s Day. RIP #GauriLankesh
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) September 6, 2017
5 September was marked as the Teacher’s Day and Gandhi’s choice for a quote couldn’t have been more apt. The quote by a teacher from the era of Nazi Germnay sums up the dangerous environment we all live in India.
The school principal, who had survived Hitler’s Holocaust in Germany had later reportedly said, “I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness. Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed trained nurses. Women and babies shot and killed by high school and college graduates. So, I am suspicious of education. My request is, help your students to be human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths or educated maniacs. Reading and writing and spelling and history and arithmetic are only important if they serve to make our students more human.”
The above quotes dangerously hold true even for the prevailing atmosphere of hate in India. Just like Hitler, these perpetrators of gross human rights violations enjoy blessings from their leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular.
One wonders what pleasure does Modi get in following rabidly criminal elements if it’s not for his approval to these violent incidents.