A veteran socialist chief from Bihar Shivanand Tiwary was on Sunday allegedly abused and threatened over the cellphone by an nameless caller who took umbrage over his assertion on VD Savarkar to a media outlet.
Mr Tiwary, who’s a nationwide vp of Lalu Prasad’s RJD, had underscored the inherent contradiction in Sangh Parivar’s reverence for VD Savarkar, whose views on cow went towards the grain of standard Hindu sentiment.
Within the video footage lower than two minutes lengthy, Mr Tiwary had highlighted VD Savarkar’s disgust over the idea of “gau mata” that seeks to carry the animal sacred and exalts it to the standing of the “mom” of mankind.
The septuagenarian, who has labored intently with socialist thinkers like Jayaprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia, had thereby sought to query phenomena like cow vigilantism which stay within the information and supporters of which are usually, largely, sympathetic in direction of the BJP and its dad or mum organisation RSS.
After receiving the decision “by somebody whose accent steered he was from Delhi, Haryana or western Uttar Pradesh”, Mr Tiwary shared the episode with the media together with the response he despatched by way of textual content message to the caller on WhatsApp.
“I’m not submitting a police criticism. That’s inappropriate. However my expertise is a grim reminder of the perils of communalising the society”, he mentioned.
“I’ve mentioned in my message to the caller that I’m 78 years of age and his cuss phrases had been aimed toward my mom who had breathed her final a long time in the past. I’ve suggested the caller to ponder over his act and do some ‘prayashchit‘ (repentance)”, mentioned the previous Rajya Sabha MP.
He additionally mentioned he spoke after the media outlet sought his feedback over some views expressed about VD Savarkar by senior Congress chief Digvijaya Singh.
Mr Tiwary additionally deplored the alleged hate speeches by non secular leaders at a “Dharm Sansad” in Haridwar and questioned whether or not the Narendra Modi authorities was unwilling to take notice and act.
In the meantime, in an announcement, state RJD spokesman Chitaranjan Gagan urged the Bihar Police to behave, taking “suo motu cognizance” of the decision acquired by the chief.