The attack on Prashant Bhushan once again reveals the fascist nature of the saffron outfits in India. The news reports say that one of the attackers belongs to Sri Ram Sene and the other two to an unheard of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena. While Pramod Muttalik, the founder of Sri Ram Sene, has denied links with the attacker, Bhagat Singh must have wriggled in his tomb on hearing his name associated with such a dastardly act.
While the attack on Mr Bhushan can be seen as an act of three perverted minds, what happened the next day in the Patiala House Court premises cannot be ignored. A fairly large group of men, allegedly belonging to Sri Ram Sene, attacked the supporters of the anti-corruption movement. Is the Sri Ram Sene opposing the anti-corruption movement and thus supporting corruption? Well, that’s a simplistic way of looking at it.
What the Ram Sene is doing is to pit physical assault and the law of the jungle against the legal system in the country. This is precisely what fascism is about. It imposes, with the ruthlessness of a dictator, its ideology on others. Like it or not, you have to accept what we say – that’s the crux of fascism.
If we don’t raise our voice against such outfits and oppose them with all the intellectual might we are capable of harnessing, we will end up with ruthless people literally beating us.
There’s another piece of news tucked away in an inner page of some of the newspapers of today [14 Oct]. It speaks about another outfit called Hindu Janjagran Samiti which tried to prevent the screening of a documentary film on M F Husain in Mumbai. S G Vatkar, member of the outfit, justified the action saying, “The cases (against Husain) are pending.” Isn’t that interesting? The cases against a dead man are pending in the courts!
Mahesh Bhatt asked a simple question about the Samiti’s action. “From where does this boundless surge of hate originate?”
It is hate that drives all [yes, categorically all] the religious outfits that resort to violence as a means. Hate is a self-destructive emotion. It also destroys others.
What these outfits should do is to learn to get rid of their hate first. They can do it by resorting to intellectual discussions, debates or whatever to bring their views to the public. Give the public the freedom to choose between the views of the outfits and other views. Imposing any view on anyone using physical assault belonged to the savage era of human civilization.