Fighting terrorism with stupidity

From an article in today’s Herald:

In an inflammatory editorial, Thackeray said the “threat of Islamic terror in India is rising and it is time to counter the same with Hindu terror… Hindu suicide squads should be readied to ensure existence of Hindu society and to protect the nation.”

Wait there’s more.

Commenting on the arrests of four activists of Hindu Jan Jagriti Samiti for exploding bombs in Navi Mumbai, the Sena chief said: “It was heartening to know that it was the supporters of Hindutva who had exploded the bomb in the theatre… but it was sad to know that it was planted to hurt the Hindus and I am ashamed about it.”

The article is full of gems from Thackeray and it makes you wonder if he has lost it. (Though some would argue that he had lost it a while back, we won’t go there.)

But, if someone endorses the use of terror against people, encourages people to target certain groups by using violence, isn’t that against the law? How can Thackeray or indeed anyone get away with statements like these?

The deeper issue is about inciting anti-migrant feelings, something Thackeray is very good at. First, it was the South Indians in Mumbai, then it was the North Indians, now it’s the Bangladeshis. Sure, there is a problem of illegal immigrants but that has to be dealt with by other means, such as tightening border security and better immigration checks.

Deport people if you like but to target people with violence or the threat of violence, that’s the definition of terrorism isn’t it?

Or maybe stupidity, depending on which way you look at it.

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4 thoughts on “Fighting terrorism with stupidity

  1. From the student wing of the RSS

    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Sena-students-say-don-t-mind-being-called—terrorists–/325304/

    “Yes, we are terrorists! If protecting the country is terrorism. If killing traitors is terrorism. If bombing those who criticise the nation, the motherland and the religion is terrorism. If fighting terrorism with might is terrorism. Then we are proud to be terrorists,”

    Note the point. If anybody criticises the Hindu Religion, he automatically becomes a terrorist. How are these idiots any different than the Muslim fundamentalist who got pissed about the Muhammed Cartoons.

    As his tactics of his nephew has shown, when these intolerant idiots are done with killing the Muslim they would move on to some other scapegoat, like non-Marathis

    Pathetic

  2. “How are these idiots any different than the Muslim fundamentalist who got pissed about the Muhammed Cartoons.”

    They aren’t and they exhibit similar levels of intolerance. “Pathetic” sums it up nicely.

  3. Wat the hell is wrong with these people…. its becoz of idiots like these that we still face major hurdles in the international scene…. hindu terrorist??? nw thts is just downright disgusting….

    Nw the rest of India as well as the world will now tht Bal Thackeray has lost it completely… although one could argue he never had it in the first place… >:)

    Of recent, similar such cases have happened within the state of karnataka itself…. I’m referring to the attacks on the churches….. India as a nation stood tall for its basic nature of being the only ‘true’ secular country, have we lost our sense of direction and for wat this gr8 nation once stood for?

    I being a hindu by birth am truly ashamed to call myself one due to these horrendous acts of insanity…. Religion is slowly turning out to become into a reason for acts of hate crimes…. As Indians, we should shun religion out of the picture when dealing with the various problems that our nation faces.

  4. As Indians, we should shun religion out of the picture when dealing with the various problems that our nation faces.

    Easier said than done. I think that the way to deal with these kinds of problems is not to allow rabble rousers and “reactionary” people to get away with promoting hate and violence and to make sure that people who do indulge in violence or promoting hate are punished.

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