Commenting on the recent turmoil in the CBI, the editorial in Organiser says that the agency received a jolt when its two top-most officers were forced to go on leave. “On the one hand, when the bravery and contribution of police officers [is being] recognised in the form of [a] National Police Memorial for the first time, the reputation of the highest investigation agency with the tagline of ‘Industry, Impartiality and Integrity’ is under a cloud for many reasons,” claims the editorial.
“Not long ago, the Supreme Court had passed the scathing remark denouncing the premier investigation agency as a ‘caged parrot’ and ‘its master’s voice’. Though a new kind of collegium was constituted to appoint the directors, the committee ultimately would appoint the best from the people available. If your systems are not reformed with the changing times, and the same mindset and political favouritism continue to prevail from the entry point, you cannot expect individuals to display impeccable integrity once they reach the top. In this particular case, eventually not just the CBI but the credibility of all other agencies like the Central Vigilance Commission, Intelligence Bureau and Enforcement Directorate will also be questioned,” the editorial asserts.
According to Organiser, the critical question is “why all the threads related to the slugfest within the CBI lead to the Moin Qureshi Money Laundering Case”. “Are there signs of the deep state, indicating certain foreign interventions, in this particular case, as many experts believe?” it asks.
Modi for Sardar
Ahead of the inauguration of the Statue of Unity on October 31 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Organiser’s cover story on the grand Sardar Patel statue accuses the media of linking every initiative by the government to elections. The article claims: “It is a very unfortunate trend in the Bharatiya media that every initiative or action by the government is linked to elections. This is happening with the Statue of Unity too. It is linked with appeasing the Patidar community of which a section is agitating against the BJP in Gujarat.” The article that the critics conveniently forget that the idea of Statue of Unity was announced way back in 2010 when Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat. “It was the same year when Shri Modi was entering the tenth year in the CM Office on October 7, 2010,” the article points out. Modi has not forgotten any great or small revolutionary or freedom fighter who contributed to the Independence struggle of Bharat and as CM, Mahatma Mandir was built at Gandhinagar, Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Memorial was built at Mandvi-Kutch, broadband connectivity from the venue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s historic Congress session at Haripura near Surat was launched, the article claims.
Court vs belief
Against the backdrop of the Supreme Court judgment on the entry of women of all ages to the Sabarimala temple, an article in Organiser says that Hindutva is an ecosystem built upon the diversity of spiritual practices, each catering to different groups of people with different temperaments. “Sabarimala is one such unique spiritual tradition, which is now under threat by the forces that want to destroy diversity and promote homogeneity. If the wishes of the deity are not respected, if the traditions of the temples are violated, then we would forever lose this tradition and the access to the deity of Ayyappan in the form of Naishtika Brahmachari,” claims the article and adds that it will be a great loss to Hindu civilisation, and more importantly to the male and female devotees of Ayyappa Swami.
The article asserts that in the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgment allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple on the grounds of equality and women’s rights, thousands of women in Kerala have taken to the streets to protest against the judgment. “In the light of this protest, it is natural to ask if the prohibition on the entry of women of reproductive age between 10 and 50 were discriminatory and an infringement of women’s rights, why have women across Kerala taken to streets to protest the removal of the prohibitions?” it asks.