‘Hindus permanently ridiculed’ – Hindu right-wing press on Leena Manimekalai’s ‘Kaali’ poster

New Delhi: Hindus are “constantly” mocked and ridiculed while “even mentioning” the Islamic founder and scriptures could lead to death threats, Mouthpiece of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Organizer said in an editorial this week.

The editorial referred to the controversy that exploded on Tamil filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s poster for a documentary film. Manimekalai movie poster ‘Kali’ shows a woman dressed as the Hindu goddess ‘Kali’ smoking a cigarette and holding the rainbow flag of the LGBTQ community.

“Leena Manimekalai dared to share a derogatory posture of Maa Kali, the Hindu goddess considered the symbol of death, time and change. Trinamool Congressional loudmouth Mahua Moitra justified it as his right to free speech and the authentic representation of Kalika Mata“, said the editorial. “How to deal (sic) with such a dichotomous situation where even mentioning the founder or the scriptures of monotheistic religions like Islam leads to death threats, when shiva, Ganesha, Sarasvati and Kalivarious forms of the Supreme worshiped by Hindus, are continually mocked and ridiculed.

Meanwhile, two other opinion pieces in the weekly Organizer criticized the Supreme Court for its observations former Bharatiya Janata party spokesman Nupur Sharma, whose remarks about the Prophet Muhammad caused outrage both inside and outside the country.

On July 1, a panel of judges JB Pardiwala and Surya Kant, who heard Sharma’s motion to consolidate all first information reports against her over the Prophet Muhammad controversy, said she was ” alone” responsible for what is happening in the country.

In his writing for Organizer, CV Ananda Bose, a retired bureaucrat, called the Supreme Court’s action “judicial activism”. He wrote that the observation that Sharma had “set the whole country on fire” appears to be an implicit endorsement of the “act of manslaughter” in the context of the killing of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur.

“The dire implications of the two judges’ passing observations should trouble any sensitive soul. Does the court approve of retaliatory violence by unruly mobs based on an “irresponsible” statement made by an individual? Does this mean that the mechanism of law and order and the Constitution will cease to operate at the slightest provocation from a talkative person,” Bose wrote.

Another article in the same magazine – written by attorney Surendra Nathan – asked if the judges had crossed a line (the ‘Laxman Rekha)‘ with their “excesses and unjustified remarks”.

In a opinion piece in the Guardian Sunday Live, Major General Dhruv Katoch (retired) has blamed “false narratives” for repeatedly creating communal tensions in India.

“In the last decade, or more specifically since 2014, when the BJP-led NDA recorded a landslide victory in national elections, certain vested interests, who had lost power, deliberately began to create tension in society to stir up a such violence, sometimes with finance received from sources outside the country,” wrote the director of the independent research center India Foundation.

He also said that the Supreme Court’s act of holding Sharma, responsible for the current circumstances, “was going a bit too far”.

“Can Nupur Sharma, because of her remarks, be held solely responsible for causing chaos in the country? This contradicts the very nature of the radicalized mindset,” he wrote. “It was in the 1960s that radicalism began to develop in Kashmir, which led to the tragic genocide of the Hindus of Kashmir in 1990. This radicalization, encouraged by funds received from the Gulf countries, did not take place. not limited to Kashmir alone but has encompassed many other parts of India and has now become a threat to those same countries that have been spreading such talk, in addition to being a threat to India. So to castigate the former BJP spokesperson as the sole cause of violence in India was perhaps going a bit too far,” Katoch wrote.

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“Mamata Banerjee Knows Woke Politics Doesn’t Get Votes”

In an opinion piece to first post, Right-wing journalist Ajit Datta said the decision of the Trinamool Congress to distance itself from Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra comments in favor of Manimekalai proved that the party and its leader Mamata Banerjee realize that “woke politics does not bring votes”.

Moitra had referred to Kali as a “meat-eating” and “alcohol-accepting” goddess in her comments supporting Manimekalai.

“Immediately after these comments, his party came out and distanced itself from them. Shashi Tharoor then showed his support, and oddly enough his party came out and distanced themselves from Tharoor. Clearly, even those sections of the opposition that have been blinded by hatred towards the ruling party do not subscribe to this brand of colonial-inspired or awakening elite politics,” Datta wrote.

Datta called politicians like Moitra and Tharoor “marginal elites”, and claimed that some of them succeeded in politics not because of their “secular or awakening credentials, but in spite of them”.

“Rahul Gandhi, who often speaks like a philosopher, would have continued to be the scion of Congress no matter how confused or misunderstood his thought process. Shashi Tharoor is not a three-time MP because his constituents read his books or admire his vast vocabulary. Similarly, Mahua Moitra is often compared to outspoken American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but her entire political career and relevance rests on Mamata Banerjee’s acquiescence,” Datta wrote.

Bhagaiyya, senior leader of the RSS, wrote an opinion piece in Panchjaynathe Hindi mouth of the Sangh – explaining the importance of Bhagwa Dhwaj (saffron flag) and Why the organization considers him, and not just one person, as its “guru”.

“The Sangh does not worship the individual. The individual is not eternal, society is eternal,” Bhagaiyya wrote in his article. “The person can be great. There have been many personalities in our society, many still exist today. Hundreds of salutes at the feet of all these great personalities, but the RSS is doing the job of organizing its national society, the whole society, the whole Hindu society, on the basis of nationality, on the basis of the homeland. For this reason, we considered the saffron flag as our guru, not just any individual.

The Panchjanya also carried out an analysis of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh after completing 100 days of his second term.

Shantanu Gupta, the author of two books on the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath, wrote that the government of Uttar Pradesh was maintaining its “legacy” to have a strong public order system while demonstrating a commitment to economic and social development.

In addition to managing the office of Prime Minister, Gupta wrote, Adityanath also won Rampur and Azamgarh strongholds from the Samajwadi party and was “strongly confronted with the politics of vote banks”.

“Advertisement Versus Action in the AAP”

In his opinion piece Criticizing the Aam Aadmi Party’s advertising policy, RSS official Rajiv Tuli claimed that the party made more news for its advertisements than for its work.

“The political sphere has not been exempt from the power of marketing either. Political marketing has become an indispensable part of political activities. Huge sums are spent on advertising that is not limited to election periods. In the Indian political scenario, millions of rupees are spent on what is widely known as political marketing.“, he writes in India today.

“On average, the AAP government spends Rs 1.34 crore per day on public treasury advertisements. IIn such case, in two years, Delhi AAP government spent Rs 68 lakh on thatch decomposer for environment but Rs 23 crore was spent on projecting it through advertisements, which is more than 40 times real work! The same module was replicated by the recently formed AAP government in Punjab,” Tuli said..

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Sri Lanka and lessons for India

Right-Wing Columnist and Professor Makarand R. Paranjape said that the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka has taught India the importance of “strong, if not visionary, leadership, social cohesion, fiscal prudence and intelligent steering of the ship of state in difficult waters globally troubled”.

“For us in India, the lessons of Sri Lanka should be obvious,” he wrote in his op-ed. Gulf News. “As opposed to excessive populism, handouts, bailouts, ideological grandstanding and continued civil unrest. The latter are among the greatest threats to democracies and free societies around the world,” he wrote, adding that for India, the enemies are “much more internal than external.”

‘Moratorium on customs duties on harmful e-transmissions’

In his Blog, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch co-host Ashwani Mahajan has argued that the World Trade Organization’s moratorium on tariffs on electronic transmissions is hurting India’s efforts to become Atmanirbhar (autonomous). According to Mahajan, this was done because developed countries pushed him using “every arm-twisting and diplomatic tactic to renew the moratorium”.

“The problem here is not just the loss of revenue, it’s a much bigger problem for a country like India, where our start-ups and software houses are capable of making a variety of electronic products, where we can create films and other entertainment products in our own country, but when all of these products are imported without discouragement, without tariffs, there is little incentive to produce them locally. electronic products actually kills our efforts to Atmanirbhar Bharatfor the benefit of the United States, European countries and China,” he wrote.

(Edited by Uttara Ramaswamy)

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