Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Liberals Chime in too

Some voices in the Social Left in India are raising up against the increasingly dubious (in my mind, there is no doubt anymore) arrest of Sri Jayendrar and Sri Vijayendrar. Prem Shankar Jha has written a column in The Outlook - a magazine known for its leftist leanings - warning that if it is personal vendetta, it is a purile, short-sighted action with very serious consequences. Money quote:
"While the case against Jayendra Saraswati is evaporating into smoke, evidence is accumulating of the way in which this has been turned into a political crusade to denigrate Brahminism by both the DMK and the AIDMK. This is the time bomb that I am staring at, petrified with fear as I write my column. To our politicians nothing is holy, but this is a Hindu country. Let no one ever forget that. If it turns out that the most revered icon of Hindu sanatana dharma has been shamed, humiliated, and persecuted without reasonable cause, we could see the beginning of a caste-cum-religious conflagration that may not be doused in our lifetimes."

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