THIS IS A RANT
Just finished reading a longish piece on the suicide of the girl named Lavanya in The News Minute – Link
Its a longish article – which doesnt try to get to the bottom of the death but makes the priorities of the author clear in ascending order
- Investigate how BJP/VHP/RSS have a network in TN and want to grow it using cases like Lavanya.
- How Christians believe in “forgiveness” virtue
- Periyar Ambedkar Anna statues.
- What really happened to Lavanya
Of course no one would deny that Sangh parivar would try to catch on to whatever it can to gain ground in the Dravidian bastion of Tamil Nadu. Isnt that what people who want power do ? Or is it just a ticket to politics for Jignesh Mevanis of the world and not for Muthuvel Ariyalur ?
Had it been simply a case of ignoring the incident – as many in TN seem to be doing it is a different thing altogether. However what is clear reading the article is the concerns of the writer are with the potential of this being used as a flank for expansion of Hindutva in the Tamil lands not the death of a poor girl (by whatever reasons).
An example of author’s words
Now, with the Madras High Court showing no confidence in the Tamil Nadu police and ordering a CBI probe into the suicide, the BJP seems to have managed to sneak one past the ruling dispensation in a state where Hindutva has traditionally been outshouted by the Dravidian ideology.
The paragraph titled “A consistent campaign against Christian evangelism” has a section that reads follows
Aronkumar argued that “only god can dispense justice” and said he has no regrets about forgiving Muthuvel and Sekhar. “After us, they also attacked a group of young evangelists in a village. Then they attacked an elderly Christian lady who was helping terminally ill patients in the government hospital in Ariyalur,” he said. “But all of us forgave Sekhar and Muthuvel. That is the Christian way.”
While the piece ends with some absurd takes on statues, it doesn’t try to even address what may have happened to the poor girl.
Only thing missing the TNM piece is the Brahmanical Patriarchy angle.
Its not the Hindutva movement or their arguments that have worked on me bringing up my Saffron side every now and then – its the gems of journalism and opinions like these that try pushing me on the Saffron side. Krishna save the Indian journalism.