The provocative Hindutva brigade is at it again. Even after the BJP has come to power the second time, the hate-mongering of the Hindutva brigade continues unabated.
This time it is the controversial VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi who has gained a following making provocative and controversial statements. During the inauguration ceremony in Baghpat, Western UP, she called for Muslims to be shunned from making Kanwar for devotees of Lord Shiva in Haridwar.
The ‘Kanwar Yatra’ is an annual pilgrimage of Lord Shiva’s devotees. Kanwariyas (pilgrims) visit places like Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch holy waters of River Ganga and worship Shiva with the same water.
Prachi was relentless in spreading venom against Muslims. She called for the boycott of Muslims who make Kanwar for the Hindu devotees. “99 percent of Muslims make Kanwar for Lord Shiva devotees in Haridwar. They should be boycotted. They should be asked to leave from there. Hindus of my country should get employment opportunities,” – She said.
She did not stop at that and further instigated the crowd with her inflammatory statements. She asked devotees to keep Maala( garland) in one hand and Bhaala (spear) in other like Lord Shiva. She exhorted the crowd to not be like Gandhis and be ready for revenge.
Pragya gained prominence for her participation in the movement that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. She was also the founding chairperson of Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad.