Critical judgment

Two weeks after a special court’s verdict convicting 32 persons,including BJP MLA Maya Kodnani,in the Naroda Patiya case,one of the Sangh Parivar weeklies

Written by Ravish Tiwari | Published:September 20, 2012 12:21 am

Critical judgment

Two weeks after a special court’s verdict convicting 32 persons,including BJP MLA Maya Kodnani,in the Naroda Patiya case,one of the Sangh Parivar weeklies,Organiser,continues to be sharply critical of the landmark judgment. In its latest issue,Organiser claims that “Maya,many others [were convicted on tutored,false and fabricated charges”.

Criticising the “Indian secularists and pro-Islamic activists” behind the “stop Modi industry”,the article praises Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s government for its “impartial,non-interfering approach” that ensured that “every single riot case was investigated and arrests made”,lamenting attempts at “tarnishing the image of the state,manufacturing evidence and witnesses”.

The article seeks to question Judge Jyotsna Yagnik’s motivations,saying that she was “once a junior lawyer of known Congress leader Manubhai Pa-lkhiwala” and that her “monologue [the verdict… ignored crucial evidence” that could have exonerated Kodnani and the others.

The article further faults the judgment for awarding separate jail terms,claiming that while it “makes [for good headlines”,justice should be “done convincingly,not arbitrarily”.

OUT OF FAVOUR

Organiser’s editorial describes Arvind Kejriwal as a “crass opportunist”,signalling the Sangh Parivar’s disillusionment with the anti-corruption campaign. The editorial charges Kejriwal with acting in “favour of the Congress”.

In an editorial that alleges that protests against the Koodankulam nuclear plant are being managed by “Christian missionaries”,Organiser describes Kejriwal as “the latest headline monger” to have come out in support of the agitation. It says that Kejriwal has started to “co-opt several issues of interest… to the Congress” in his eagerness to “ to grab attention as part of his scheme to jump on to the political bandwagon”.

Organiser has described the lead anti-Koodankulam agitator,S.P. Udaykumar,as only the “Hindu Face” projected by the church to “debunk the accusation of its involvement”. In addition,Organiser has also advanced the theory that the protests “spring from American interests” as a strategy to “scuttle” projects like Koodankulam,being developed with Russian help,and Jaitapur,with French partnership.

Rahul Bashing

Having used the negative publicity received by the prime minister in foreign media to criticise the government,the Sangh Parivar’s Hindi weekly,Panchjanya,has another opportunity to criticise Rahul Gandhi in the wake of The Economist’s article on him. Panchjanya’s editorial focuses on Rahul Gandhi and wonders whether the Gandhi family scion is avoiding taking responsibility within the government for “fear of failure”. Organiser,too,reports that “The Economist hits Rahul where it hurts most”.

Beefing Up

The latest issue of Panchjanya reports on a fringe group’s plan to host a beef party at Jawaharlal Nehru University in the national capital. Though the party did not happen,Panchjanya wonders whether this is an attempt to “convert” JNU into “Osmania University”,alleging that students there managed to host a beef party. The article contends that these attempts try to create a wedge within society.

Compiled by Ravish Tiwari

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