The price of ignoring Hindutva pamphlet
It appears from "Pamphlets target Sonia"
(MG, 16-30 June 2004) that the forces inimical to the public peace, harmony, morality and order frustrated by the outcome of the 2004 Lok Sabha election and renounciation of the highest executive post by Sonia Gandhi have turned to their favourite profession of writing, publishing and distributing anonymous pamphlets once again to spread hate, lies and falsehood as well as threatening life and liberty of innocent people. The Congress-led UPA government should take serious note of the pamphlets and take appropriate action against the people involved in the production and distribution of them. The failure to do so may prove to be fatal and the cause of irreparable damage to the country.
The nation should not forget that the same types of pamphlets were printed and distributed targeting Mahatma Gandhiji before his assassination. In his book, India Wins Freedom, Maulana Azad said: "A section of Hindus under the leadership of the Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Svayam Sevak Sangh went about openly saying that Gandhiji was helping Muslims against Hindus ...Some of these men organised an agitation against his prayer meetings and said that they would not allow the recitation of verses from the Quran or the Bible. Pamphlets and handbills were distributed to this effect. People were also incited against Gandhiji by describing him as the enemy of Hindus. One pamphlet went so far as to say that if Gandhiji did not change his ways, steps should be taken to murder him" (1989 reprint, pp.240 -- 241). Despite this threat on the life of Gandhiji there was no security arrangement for him nor any effort to identify the culprits behind the pamphlets. As a result the nation had to pay a heavy price on January 10, 1948. A Hindu terrorist had murdered
Gandhiji, the Father of the Nation.
Md. H. Rahman,
East Garo Hills Hasib_r12@yahoo.com
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