Our beloved country is turning violence-prone each passing day. The seeds of hate and violence sown about a century ago now seem to have come to full bloom, and the innocent citizens of the land, in most cases the minorities, have been made to reap the bitter harvest thereof, thanks to indifference and inaction on the part of our state machinery against the ever rising pace of Hindutva fascism. A cursory glance on the acts of violence, communal riots, blasts and other terror acts in the post-Independence period reveals this bitter truth. And the irony of ironies is that our state machinery is most brazenly bearing the burden of the forces, which were responsible for the assassination of Father of the Nation, for the demolition of centuries-old Babri Masjid, for burning alive of Graham Steins along with his two little sons, for enacting Gujarat 2002 and countless other acts of violence and terror.
In almost every act of violence, there are Hindutva elements; and the fact is that they love to initiate, abet or fan such situations as can serve their narrow and selfish ends. The fact also remains that they have built their political fortune on the very foundations of hate and terror as hate-minority and teach-them-a-lesson is their mantra.
In the recent violence that hit the city of Hyderabad the prime accused include a Bharatiya Janata Party corporator, M. Vaikuntam, who is absconding and the police have launched a manhunt for him and other suspects. Vaikuntam is alleged to have indulged in violence in the Begum Bazar area during the Bajrang Dal’s procession which led to imposition of curfew in many areas of the city. The Special Investigation Team and intelligence personnel are studying his phone calls in the city as well as in other states, and this study is likely to be “of key importance in this whole investigation”.
This is part of a large diabolically-hatched conspiracy to destabilise the country and in fact to turn the independent plural country into a “Hindu rashtra”. The question is how has this plant of hate and violence been fed and watered for all these decades together. The answer seems to lie in running of some international and overseas Hindutva outfits with various hues. Media reports have confirmed at various points of time foreign funding coming through Hindutva sources, and concerned citizens have raised fingers thereon.
Only last week, the American national and ex-disciple of disgraced godman Nityananda, Douglas McKellor, who changed his name to Swami Nityaprabha and later became the head of the California branch of Dhyanapeetham, in a case filed with California State Attorney General against Nityananda, affirmed that he had “paid Swami a fee of $400,000 for the workshop” held at the Los Angeles ashram in June 2007. This seems to be a tip of the iceberg. Only the investigating agencies can establish and ascertain whether there is some link between collection of such huge amounts overseas and acts of violence and terror in India. But one thing is clear that the Government at the Centre ought to take this issue in face value and with zero tolerance, and must punish the culprits however high and mighty.