The thin line between politics and terrorism

Today the office of Zee News in Kolhapur was attacked by Shiv Sena goons in full camera view. They attacked it because there was a discussion on the Belgaum issue. The visuals are being aired on TV and it is a shame that such incidents happen in a democratic country like ours.  I deem this as an act of terrorism on the people of India. Yes, I used the “T” word and the Thackerays and Mutaliks are  not going to like it. Wikipedia has the following definition for terrorism: Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for an ideological goal, and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).  Going by this definition parties like the Sena, MNS, Bajrang Dal, Ram Sene etc definitely are homegrown terrorist organizations. Using the word ‘domestic’ terrorist organization would a softer term, homegrown sounds better. These parties use violent acts to coerce people to act in a way which satisfies their ideological goal while putting the lives of the general public in jeopardy.  We the general public being used to much bigger terrorist attacks like 26/11 fail to recognize the gravity of the acts of such parties. People still vote for these people and keep them in power. Politics in the end is a business and being in power means being in business. Every product in business has a USP (unique selling point), so does every political party in India. The right wing  politicians think that  their USP is to stir regional sentiment (at the cost of national unity) and be in power. Uneducated rural folk think that this is cool and vote for them. The interesting part is that sometimes educated and so called cosmopolitan dudes vote for them out of their regional sentiment. To be proud of ones region is everybody’s fundamental right, but a bigger fundamental duty is to protect innocent people.  Beating up innocent people who want to speak their mind out is just not cool. We hound the Aussies for beating up Indian students. We don’t need the Aussies to beat us up, we quite capable of doing it ourselves (you don’t have to pay for a ticket to Oz land).Mr Thackeray openly condemned Sachin Tendulkar for saying that he is an Indian first and then a Maharashtrian. I don’t understand how educated folk can respect and vote for such selfish traitors who openly engage in (as the papers sometimes say) Anti India activities. The media makes such a ruckus for fatwas issued by Madrasas in Deoband and other places. These fatwas are issued by religious scholars (read old men above 90)who live in their own sandbox with little contact with the ‘real world’. I find these to be funny, since nobody tries to execute them, at least in India. The right wingers are giving serious competition to these guys, they issue a fatwa and swiftly execute them. Talk about efficiency!. They recruit gullible youth who are unemployed and frustrated to do their dirty jobs. Hey wait a minute, the Al Qaida follows this business model. Sorry Mr Bin Laden you can’t have a patent on this one, Right wingers in India have been doing this since the 60’s and 70s.  You can keep doing it legally as long as people  don’t die, not at least immediately after the attacks (you kill a man’s spirit… it’s better than killing the man). Osama got that one wrong, he killed people … a lot of them … all at once.But what these politicians don’t understand is that people are not going to be naive for long. If you want to stay in business for long, you have to adapt to a more smarter voter.

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