On Friday, a movie commenced to do the rounds of social media, in which an alleged ‘Nepali’ man’s head was tonsured by a mob of what the media identified as associates of a ‘fringe ideal-wing group’, even though they also harassed the man into chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’. Getting tonsured his head, the mob utilised a black marker to write ‘Jai Shree Ram’ above it. Virtually promptly, the media picked up the tale and went about like a bunch of enthusiastic young people reporting on a narrative of Indian right-wing groups attacking Nepali nationals to spite Nepal’s Key Minister KP Sharma Oli who produced outrageous remarks about Bhagwan Ram being born in Nepal and Ayodhya belonging to Nepal and that India encroached upon Nepal’s cultural heritage and designed a ‘fake Ayodhya’.
The incident drew condemnation from all quarters, especially the appropriate-wing. It is appalling that a mob, consisting of men and women declaring to be proponents of ‘Hindutva’ would indulge in harassment and borderline abuse of a fellow Hindu, who takes place to be a ‘Nepali’. Nonetheless, it turns out the man was not a Nepali national in the initially spot. As a matter of simple fact, the entire episode was staged, exposed Varanasi police, with the ‘victim’ becoming paid out Rs. 1000 to indulge in the act. The police also revealed that the ‘victim’ is not a citizen of Nepal at all but was born in Varanasi, India. This was confirmed by law enforcement by way of his Aadhaar and voter ID cards, which verify his identification.
The offender powering the staged act has turned out to be Arun Pathak, allegedly the main basic secretary and spokesperson of Shiv Sena in Uttar Pradesh state. Arun Pathak was also the district chief of Shiv Sena in Varanasi from 2000 to 2003. Seemingly, the man is also the convenor of ‘Vishwa Hindu Sena’, under whose aegis the staged act was orchestrated to achieve social, or possibly even political mileage. The Shiv Sena, having said that, promises that the person is not a member of the party any more time.
It is significant to mention here that the Shiv Sena angle to the incident has been offered a entire pass up by the media, presumably owing to its new ‘secular’ avatar in the nation immediately after the occasion wed Congress and the NCP to kind the authorities in Maharashtra. Even so, why would a former Shiv Sena ideologue, phase this sort of an act in Varanasi?
Who the hell is this Arun Pathak? Tag him on twitter and shame him! Some people today will go down to any limit for a very little limelight! pic.twitter.com/m9Z7rz6Q5t
— Vikas Sankrityayan (@MODIfiedVikas) July 17, 2020
— Vaishali Sawant (@vaishali_s14) July 18, 2020
Arun Pathak is pretty a specimen. Reportedly, following the alliance among Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena, the gentleman rebelled and still left the celebration, and fashioned the Vishwa Hindu Sena. Yet, recent photos of the guy with Uddhav Thackeray have raised suspicion in a lot of quarters. The claimed pics, which now appear deleted from his Fb profile, conflicted with the Shiv Sena’s edition of the man not getting a member of the celebration any lengthier. As a matter of reality, the Shiv Sena claims to have sacked Pathak 8 lengthy yrs back for ‘anti-party activities’. However, allegedly, the person only still left the occasion final yr, going by news studies.
The timing and intent of the go is very suspicious, and a single should not be astonished if a larger political conspiracy emerges out of the faux incident. Why was Varanasi, the Prime Minister’s constituency preferred to phase this sort of an act? Is it feasible, that at a time the country is going through difficulties from several fronts, which include souring relations with Nepal, some political outfits have jumped in to exploit the condition for their own petty gains? Previously, Nepal has conveyed its disappointment to equally Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and South Block as perfectly. All for a staged and fake incident that has the name of a backstabbing political social gathering written all more than it. Was this the motive? Only time, and a thorough investigation into the make any difference will inform.