Reality Check India

Lalu bites the Indian state

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on April 7, 2009

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Lalu Prasad Yadav has said that he would have killed Varun Gandhi by crushing him with a road roller if he had been home minister without worrying about the consequences. Source : Indian Express

Consider this  :

“I will cut off the hands of those who raise a hand against Hindus.. blah blah”

Detained under the NSA, bail nullified, not permitted to meet mother, charged with attempt to murder, campaigning prevented.

Compare with this :

“Had I been the country’s home minister, I would have crushed Varun Gandhi under a roller and destroyed him without caring for the consequences for his hate speech against Muslims,” Prasad told an election meeting.

Source : Indian Express

Will he be placed under NSA ? Dont hold your breath.

Such an open expression of intent or desire to commit a specific murderous crime must be punished. Leave aside the elections. The legal implications of ignoring this are grave. Even more so because Mr Lalu is a senior cabinet minister. 

  • If someone were to actually attempt such a crime (god forbid), what can the courts say if the accused says he was inspired by a Cabinet minister. 
  • If Lalu becomes the Home Minister or Prime Minister. What if someone is caught for this or a similar crime ? What will be the position of the government if someone acted on the intent announced by the minister and summarily ignored by the media.

 

 He said this at an election rally.  The EC might wink-wink it and show us all that it is a shell, the media might ignore it, but the people get it. The country watches as equality before the law is compromised at all levels.  The net loser is the set of institutions that together make up the Indian state.

PS : We dont buy the teddy bear image of Lalu created by the media. For fifteen years millions have suffered under his rule. So much so, that Aravind Adiga calls that area “The Darkness”. That must count for something.

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  1. Chakresh Mishra said, on April 7, 2009 at 4:27 am

    o! pseudo-secularism thy thoughts and thy army of politicians are ever growing, no check can stop you, till the vote-bank politics is the playing ground

  2. reason said, on April 7, 2009 at 8:08 am

    He said that when campaigning for Taslimuddin. That should settle it.

    Did you watch ‘the’ video? the rest of Indian media, mainly english, gets its moment of reckoning. if bad things happen to this reporter, will they use their ‘liberal’ values to defend him? Kidding.

  3. rc said, on April 7, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Hey Chakresh,

    Really good blog you have there. Keep it up !

  4. Barbarindian said, on April 7, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Why should Lalu be put into jail or anything like that? Lalu merely reiterated a line item out of the medium term agenda of the secular state.

    The non-social justice Hindus simply do not realize the extreme vulnerable position they are in. Any other social group in the world would have armed themselves long back under similar circumstances.

    ——

    Meanwhile a journo threw a shoe at Palanippan.

    “The shoe missed Palaniappan Chidambaram, who leaned back to avoid it. He later smiled and asked security guards to take the reporter out of the room. ”

    PC didn’t lean back or anything like that – in fact the shoe came from afar and PC realized only after the show flew past. PC asked the cops to take the reporter outside and later “smiled”.

    Ergo, same incident – different conclusions. Bush deserved the shoe, Wen Jiabao (Adiga’s hero incidentally narrates his novel to him, I think) was a victim of a copycat attack and PC was the graceful hero who took the shoe like an athlete.

    I am willing to bet from now on shoes will rain down on some BJP leaders’ press conferences.

  5. Chakresh Mishra said, on April 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    @rc
    thanks, reader make the blog, what it is….

  6. amreekandesi said, on April 8, 2009 at 5:56 am

    This, and that great thug from Maharashtra.

    Why was the NSA not invoked against him after his countless acts of aggression and attempts to create hatred between communities?

    We need to start seeing some consistency now.

  7. guest said, on April 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Barb said:
    I am willing to bet from now on shoes will rain down on some BJP leaders’ press conferences.

    How do you do it, Barb?

    A slipper was hurled at LK Advani in MP rally.

    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Slipper%20hurled%20at%20Advani&artid=S2HLnSGPmwo=&SectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&MainSectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&SectionName=pWehHe7IsSU=&SEO=BJP%20leader;%20L%20K%20Advani;%20shoe%20hurling;%20Pawas%20Agarwa

  8. rc said, on April 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    >> I am willing to bet from now on shoes will rain down on some BJP leaders’ press conferences.

    >>How do you do it, Barb?

    Lol, I wanna know too.


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