Friday, December 7, 2012

Bhatt slams Modi’s for ‘misusing’ Vivekananda

Gujarat EDN
TOI 20SEP2012


Ahmedabad: Decrying Narendra Modi for using Swami Vivekananda as his political mascot and challenging his knowledge on Hindu philosophy, suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt shot off yet another letter to the chief minister. Bhatt, a known Modi baiter who accused Modi of instructing the state machinery to allow Hindus to vent their anger against the minority community, had earlier written toModi after theNaroda Patia riots case verdict.
    “Did you ever think of Vivekananda or his ideology when thousands of innocent children of divine light were mercilessly massacred under your watch or when inconvenient andexpendableindividuals were liquidated at your instance? Did the voice of Swami Vivekananda ever prick your conscience in the eerie silence of continuing subjugation and dominance?” Bhatt wrote to Modiin hisletter on Wednesday.
    In the letter earlier this month, Bhatt had accused the Modi of ‘abandoning’ his ‘loyal lieutenants’ after the Naroda Patia verdict.
    Now, he has condemned Modi of using Vivekananda for his politicalcampaign.Modihas launched a state-wide Swami Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra.
    “Your megalomania for grandeur and self-consuming hunger for power can be appropriately graced by historical figureslikeAdolf Hitler,PolPot, Bernard Munyagishari, Radovan Karadži or Ratko Mladi . Any of these icons would be appropriate mascots for the ongoing Gujarat government funded yatra,” said Bhatt.
    “We know that Swami Vivekananda believed that ‘Religion is the idea which is raising the brute unto man, and man unto God’. But you seem to have conveniently reduced God to a particular religion, a wholly misconceived religion.”