Secular conspiracy

Both the Organiser and Panchjanya comment on the acquittal of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati and his followers in the Sankararaman murder case by a court in Puducherry. The editorial in the Organiser has dubbed the acquittal a confirmation of the "Hindu Denigration Conspiracy", arguing that Saraswati was framed because he had "developed enemies in the secular establishment", as he was "concerned about the fate of Hindus and is critical about the Missionary activities in India, especially in Tamil Nadu". While the Organiser suggests the need "to investigate the conspiracy behind such acts of Hindu denigration", the editorial in Panchjanya contrasts media coverage of the Sankararaman case with that of the sexual assault case against Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal to allege that the media initially sought to "cover up" and "glorify" his atonement before it snowballed into a controversy.

The Organiser, in a separate article, looks down upon the Zakat Foundation's charter of demands, ahead of elections, for Muslims as a "conditional citizenry". "The trends of Hindu Denigration and Appeasement Politics in the name of minority rights are two sides of the same coin and pose a threat to India as a nation", says the Organiser cover story.

SAFFRON BABASAHEB?

While the tussle between the BJP and the Congress over the legacy of Sardar Patel has subsided, both Sangh Parivar journals have carried an article on B.R. Ambedkar, written by senior RSS functionary Krishna Gopal who highlights Ambedkar's views that appear closer to the ideas of the saffron camp.

"When Muslim League demanded Pakistan, Dr Ambedkar pressed for total exchange of population between Pakistan and India. He believed that there was more hatred between the Hindus and Muslims and as such they could not live in peace. Therefore, there should be complete exchange of populations to save both the countries from impending civil war," claims the article, despite pointing out how "Dr Ambedkar was opposed to the demand [for the] separation of Muslim majority Sindh province from Bombay Presidency". The article also claims that "Dr Ambedkar blasted the myth of Aryan invasion with his scholarly intervention". The article also underlines Ambedkar's differences with Jawaharlal Nehru on the issue of foreign policy, saying that "he was a strong critic of Pt Nehru's foreign policy and had even resigned from the Cabinet on this issue". Ambedkar, emphasises the article, had also warned the Nehru government about the dangerous portents of the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

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