RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reading of lynching incidents flies in the face of reason, belies reality – By Samrat X
The comments of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on lynching in his RSS Foundation Day speech in Nagpur marking the occasion of Dussehra have drawn attention and a great deal of criticism.…
The RSS Sarsanghchalak’s views reflect both his analysis of the problem, as well, as his prescription for a solution. What has rightly received criticism is his analysis. Bhagwat took offence to the use of a particular English word, ‘lynching’, which according to the Merriam Websters means “to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal approval or permission”.
It cannot be denied that this sort of thing, unfortunately, has been rather commonplace across India for far too long. According to National Crime Records Bureau data, between 2001 and 2016, at least 523 women in Jharkhand were killed by mob action without legal approval but merely on the suspicion that these women were “witches”. The word ‘lynching’ is just a shorter way of describing what happened in these cases.…
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