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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Pragya Singh Thakur is a 'threat' to democracy.

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“If Curse meant that much, where she could appreciate the power of cursing, in the first place she should have cursed the terrorist organizations or the core criminals.  The curse is a weapon of feeble religious minds, who can’t find a mature solution to the problems.”
 The Controversial Pragya Singh Thakur or Sadhvi Pragya is an Indian Politician and spiritual guru and is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon terrorist bombings. 


The verdict of the court is still pending, and she became associated with a national party which raised controversies. There are various MLA's and MP's who have serious allegations against them, but Pragya Singh Thakur raised more controversy. 
She faced arrest for terror charges, but was granted bail on following the dropping of charges under the MCOCA section by the Special National Investigation Agency.
She contested as a BJP candidate in the 2019 General Elections of India from Bhopal constituency.
She is currently under trial for multiple charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Horrible and Immature Statements which Pragya Thakur Made

She remains controversial due to her ‘being accused’ of ‘terrorist acts’ and her senseless statements. She faced charges under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. 
Though the verdict of the court has not arrived yet, that remains a controversial position again.
She is the prime accused and principal conspirator behind the September 2008 blast at Malegaon, in which six persons were killed.
A video circulated on internet, in which she claimed that Hemant Karkare tortured him in Jail and as a result she cursed him which led him to death.
If Curse meant that much, where she could appreciate the power of cursing, in the first place she should have cursed the terrorist organizations or the core criminals.  The curse is weapon of religious people, who can’t find a mature solution to the problems.
An obvious problem with Pragya Singh’s candidacy is that she appears to have been chosen solely as a totemic representative of aggressive Hindutva nationalism.
She was not prominent as a BJP member until she was named the candidate for Bhopal, where she will take on senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, perhaps BJP wanted more attention seeking contestant.
She is not the only one accused, there are various leaders which are corrupt and have criminal charges against them, however the concern is that that ‘planting a bomb’ and targeting a particular community remain a heinous act.

What happened in Malegaon?

Two blasts at Malegaon (2006 and 2008), the Samjhauta Express bombing near Panipat (February 2007), the explosions at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad (May 2007) and the Ajmer Dargah (October 2007) were linked to a fringe Hindu group called ‘Abhinav Bharat’, but the NIA had neither the political backing nor the ability to obtain convictions as per various reports. 

Ms. Singh even put serious allegations against the chief of the Mumbai Police Anti Terrorist Squad – Hemant Karkare. Regretfully, Hemant Karkare was martyred in the 26/11 attack. 

Should she fight the election?
Election law does not bar one facing criminal charges from contesting, except those convicted of specified classes of offences, or those that entail a sentence of at least two years. Moreover, she is only accused, not guilty. There is a constitutional concept, “innocent until proven guilty’.
It was coined by that British barrister in the course of a 1791 trial at the Old Bailey. He turned the tables on legal practice at that trial by saying that the accusers, not those accused, must be tested, made to establish and prove their accusation in court.
The English Court of Appeal in 1935 described Sir William’s concept as the “golden thread” connecting the burden of proof and the presumption of innocence “within the web of English criminal law”

If the mere pendency of a case was made a ground for disqualification, a vindictive regime could get any political opponent disqualified by merely slapping a criminal charge. That will further reduce the democratic voices.  
Thought, there should be change in laws that ‘terror charges’ are severe and either there should be a speedy trial procedure, or people should not be allowed to contest in elections until they clear their name.
 Especially political parties themselves can come to a consensus that ‘a controversial candidate’ should not be allowed to participate until the justice is done. 
It may be difficult to get enough lawmakers to agree to this significant change, but it can be a principle political parties adopt on their own.
There have been instances of Union Ministers resigning from office as soon as charges were framed against them. There is no harm in extending this norm to the selection of candidates and let the democracy be cleaner.

Religion in to Politics : A threat which rises again and again
Religion throughout the history has been an ‘influential’ tool where people remain scared and submissive. If you talk about Zakir Naik, his followers blame ‘Hindutva Politics, and condemn the facts provided by NIA.
The problem is with religion certainly. Sadhvi Pragya is a religious figure and even though it is democracy, the basic foundation of nation was kept on ‘secularity’. I am not talking about the ‘appeasement’ on religious basis, and strategies to fetch the votes of minorities etc.
Everywhere, religion, cast and regionalism has been dominating, which is no where a healthy trend.
Ever since, the religions were organised, their followers fought until the end. Similar trends have been in countries where a rumour,-“ the particular religion is danger’ has created the danger of suicide bomber for entire world.
Religion has topped in brutality, as in present century as well, people don’t much fight over kingdom and borders but for religion for example – ISIS, Taliban, and there are so many more.
People should learn about the Crusade, which was connected to Christianity, Jihad is related to Islam, The Holocaust etc.
Yet, Indian politicians are not ‘understanding’ the grave danger of including religion and politics.
To obtain peace, neither appease nor tease religion politically, it should be kept very personal.
People can’t simply understand if curse mattered, there should have been no need of army, and even none of the Prime Minister would have sustained.
Superstitions are so much prevailed in society, and education is not the cure. These religious extremists have educated followers as well. The cure should be for religion. Their should be complete ban on revealing religious identities, and promoting any religion, and hating other ones.
May be, humans learn that it is the earth ‘our’ home, which is dying, and we are fighting for a mental sickness – religion. Perhaps, only after it – people can understand that it is unhealthy to give power in hands of religious extremists.
Disclaimer 

These views are personal, and Constitutionally, it is my right to criticise a member of Parliament as a concerned citizen. Yet, even after reading this article, if sentiments are hurt, please feel free to visit a 'psychologist' and take care of your 'mental health'. I understand 'religious extremism' make us very vulnerable and trapped in 'Blind-Faith'.





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