ATale of Two Terrorists and Nationalism


But the Sangh parivar and the present Government does not treat these two terrorist with one approach? Several Sangh leaders declared that Nathuram Godse is nationalist and he killed Gandhi in the interest of the nation. They also declared that his birth and death anniversaries would be celebrated and a temple would also be built in his memory. Nobody was arrested for declaring so and nobody was treated as anti-national for such actions.

One fundamental principle we must understand is that terrorists cannot root out terrorism. Killers cannot be called peace loving apostles. Those parties and organizations that support one caste or religious terrorism cannot ask other religious groups or caste groups as to be peace loving. Particularly those political parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has come to power, must learn from the American experience of handling terrorism. The American democracy has seen two of its most respected presidents getting killed by the terrorists of the same nation. Abraham Lincoln who got killed by such elements was a Republic and John F.Kennedy was a Democrat. The forces which killed them were believed to be the members of the Ku Klux Klan. But neither Republicans nor Democrats treated the killers or their supporters as respectable or as nationalist.

It was with that kind of democratic and equidistance approach to violent forces political parties can administer the democratic institutions. Later on when the American nation started facing the terror attacks from 9/11/2001 onwards both democrats and republicans spoke in one voice against such forces. They quite carefully maintained the American nation image against the terrorist killers but not against any religion Islam or any other. For the first time a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump started attacking Muslim community but not just terrorists. The whole nation stood against him. Even the Republican presidential candidates opposed such a language with all the moral principles at their command.

Look at the language of any Sangh Parivar member against Islam as religion. They attack Islam as a religion without any serious analysis of its history and practice. But the actions of their so called Hindus—whether of murder, rape, attack on general public, intellectuals and so on –are justified by all of them. The Members of the BJP forget that they are a political party and it is running the nation from the seat of power.

The Hyderabad University incident where a brilliant brain of the nation is lost or Jawaharlal Nehru University incident indicate that they have not acquired the culture of ruling a democratic nation. They do not realize a simple fact that the religion that they believe in Hinduism is not ruling the world. Religious structures are different from political and educational structures.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad never does things that university based student bodies should do a “debate discuss, read and write. This body also thinks that Nathuram Godse was a nationalist but Afzal Guru was traitor. It never conducts intellectual discourses on universal ideas. It works like an intelligence body that functions in the universities and colleges. That is the reason why so far it failed to produce qualitative intellectuals from its fold. Even if it thinks that Nathuram Godse’ terrorism is acceptable but not Afzal Guru’s  terrorism even then as a student body it should believe in debates but not in surveillance with cameras on others meetings. If such a student body guides the governing agencies of the nation democracy will be doomed.

( The opinions in this article are personal)