Karkare is our martyr, not god

Written by AK SRIVASTAVA

Hemant Karkare, the police officer who was martyred during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has shed his life for the country. The country is indebted to the braver officer for the supreme sacrifice he committed.

But that deed doesn’t absolve him of his past misdeeds. A country that dared to question Maryada Purushotham Ram should not shy away from pointing out aberrations in an individual’s life howsoever great he is.

A group of vainglorious liberal-radicals and journalists are confounding the discourse around Bhopal BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement that her curse for tormenting her brought death to Karkare.

The sordid details of illegal detention and torture of a woman by a group of policemen led by Karkare would move even the most heartless person to tears.

Instead of discussing the gross human rights violations carried out by the cops at instance of their political masters who wanted to fabricate a theory of Hindu terror, the whole focus of the media is on the reaction of a hapless victim (who was branded a terrorist) whose only recourse was to spell out some curses at her tormentors.

The Left-liberal media is always happy to bring out pathos-filled stories of outlawed Maoists and families of terrorists who had suffered at the hands of police. Does she have no freedom of expression?

Karkare’s actions need thorough scrutiny and post-mortem because he was not an ordinary policeman – a senior IPS officer. If he were a willing party in setting up terror cases against ‘innocents’, then he had done an unpardonable mistake.

Media double-standards

On the question of fielding Sadhvi Pragya Singh as a BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, PM Modi said, “When in 1984 Indira Gandhi died, her son had said ‘when a big tree falls the earth shakes’. Thereafter, there were thousands of Sikhs who were massacred. Was it not terror?”

It was a state-sponsored terror unleashed by a few people? “Despite that he [Rajiv Gandhi] was made prime minister and the neutral media never asked a question like it is doing now,” Modi added. (quote taken from Scroll.in)

Many of those who were directly involved in the massacre were made legislators and cabinet ministers. Kamal Nath who led the pogrom was made the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.

But the media never addressed them accused. Not even Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi who were on bail in the National Herald case.

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AK SRIVASTAVA