|Himanshu Kumar in Jal Satyagrah in Harda, MP|
Who can have a problem with someone remembering a dear friend, brutally killed by enemies who could come in any form from that of armed to teeth state to much less armed insurgents? No one can, one must think. Killings, more so the brutal and mindless ones should always be despised as they dehumanise everyone, the killer, the victims and the witnesses.
But what if the one killed was a mass murderer, the founder of an armed militia illegalised and disbanded by nothing less than the Supreme Court of the country? And, lo and behold, the one remembering him so fondly is a self-designated Gandhian, a champion of non-violence? That’s exactly what I woke up to this morning, to Himanshu Kumar, a self-appointed Gandhian having monopolised the rights of being the voice of hapless adivasis of Bastar, paying his heartfelt condolences to Mahendra Karma, the architect of Salwa Judum. What if this armed militia is responsible for killing, maiming and raping countless adivasis in the ongoing war that Indian state has been waging on its own citizens?