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The wake-up call from the AAP that halted the BJP in its tracks in Delhi appears to have finally awakened the Sangh Parivar.

January 16, 2014 3:22:02 am

The wake-up call from the AAP that halted the BJP in its tracks in Delhi appears to have finally awakened the Sangh Parivar. Both Parivar weeklies contrast the youth participation at the “Sankalp Mahashivir” organised by the RSS at Jabalpur with the angry youth response against Prashant Bhushan’s controversial remarks on Kashmir and mark it as a new “awakening”: “The presence of a large number of youth at the Shivir was indication of the RSS’s growing popularity and acceptability among the younger generation,” said a report in the Organiser.

An editorial in Panchjanya clubs this underlying assumption with that of the angry reaction against Bhushan to make a point about the disenchantment with the AAP: “Prashant Bhushan has not only burnt his fingers by his disturbing remarks but also cleared the air over his party’s illusion that youth will be up in arms with the broom… on all issues, good or bad,” says the editorial, referring to the suggested referendum on the deployment of security forces in Kashmir. While the editorial admits that the attack on the AAP’s office cannot be condoned, it reminds the AAP that these angry sentiments reflect disapproval of its opinions on some issues.

An article in Panchjanya declared homosexuality “unnatural” and blamed psychological factors for it: “It is clear that psychological attitudes contribute to the development of these tendencies…” The article claims that it was against the order of nature because “it is a well-known fact that the prevalence of AIDS is markedly higher among homosexuals. This reflects nature’s disapproval of homosexuality”. The article also argues that “had nature been in favour of homosexuality, nature would have provided avenues for its growth”.
It rejects suggestions that the right to equality derives from the “pleasure” they seek. “The pleasure in sexual intercourse should only be considered as an inducement for procreation. Any such pleasure that is solely for the purpose of recreation and does not result in procreation is not appropriate…” It claims that “homosexuality is fuelled by the selfish characteristic of Western societies”, to suggest that this should not be given “sympathetic” treatment and should be “discouraged”. The article is accompanied by a report on the VHP’s endorsement of the Supreme Court ruling declaring that “not only the court but the entire country is angry” with homosexuality.

While the Congress and BJP spar over claims of the LeT trying to recruit from Muzaffarnagar, a report in the Organiser emphasises the need to “act wisely” and not to “wait for the volcano to explode”. While the report talks of the alleged patronage of local Samajwadi Party leaders and Muslim leaders in sustaining the refugee camps, it trains its guns on the alleged terror links of the Deoband seminary.
“Deoband is believed to be the heaven for terrorists. Even the Taliban enjoy links with Deoband. Masood Azhar, who was released during the Kandahar plane hijacking by India, had stayed in Deoband for two and a half months. He even stayed in Darul’s guesthouse for some time,” the article reminds readers, in order to demand that the government be extra-cautious of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s security during his upcoming Meerut rally.
“The intelligence department and the police also need to be given a free hand to expose the conspiracy… Otherwise the volcano on which the entire western Uttar Pradesh is sitting can explode any time,” it cautions.

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