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Assaulting Prashant Bhushan only proves the moral strength of his argument

October 12, 2011

Threatening people whose views you don’t like with violence is a sure-shot way of letting the world know who is right and whose argument is morally superior. To those who attacked Prashant Bhushan today for the comments he made in this video below, thank you for bringing more attention to them!

This is how “integral” a part of India Kashmir is – so integral that voices that doubt it must be silenced with vigilante force!

See also: a recent interview he gave to Kashmir Life in Srinagar

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2011 6:04 PM


    I couldn’t agree more. So true.

  2. bigboss permalink
    October 12, 2011 6:15 PM

    But Shivam – Prashant also got a couple of good shots in at towards the end – albeit while others were holding the attacker down (Prashant doesn’t seem to be in good physical shapem, btw). Does that prove the moral strength of the attacker’s views? Just a thought for your crystal-clear moral compass, old chap.

    • October 12, 2011 6:57 PM

      If Prashant gave it back, it could only be a response. What was the attacker responding to? To his comments on Kashmir. So Prashant’s comments on Kashmir were for this attacker what the attack was for Prashant. Insult. Humiliation. Violence. Why is a democratic argument favouring referendum taken as such by Hindutvawaadis? The answer to that question will tell us a lot about India. Just a thought for your immoral compass, old chap.

      • bigboss permalink
        October 12, 2011 7:47 PM

        Shivam, such speed in passing judgment! How quick you are to adjudge my compass immoral! Remarkable – but I’m sure you know me well enough. But, old chap, any thoughts on the fact that Prashant hits this chap AFTER the threat has been neutralized? What does that tell us about Prashant? That he likes hitting people after they’re in no position to retaliate? Let’s just see what we can say about Prashant from this, and then we’ll move on to India and all those nice, large questions, ok?

      • Ram Sharma permalink
        October 15, 2011 2:39 AM

        Shivram, it pains me to see that you attribute patrotism to Hindurwavadis, and, by implications, anti-nationalism to secularists. It does not have to be that way. One can be secular as well patriot. The statement of Mr Shanti Bhushan is cleary unpatriotic, and anger against it is logical. Mr Bhushan wants to divide India into thousants of fragments. For example, if a village chief in India wants independence from the Indian nation, should he or she be allowed?. No, and such a person should be punished according to the law of the land. I commend the three young men who punished him for his irresponsible utterances. They have demonstrated that patotism does exist in India and Mr Bhushan or Mr Shivram like people are in minority. But these young men violated the law of the land, and they should be punished for that too. There is no reason for a secular Indian to get excited by anti-contitutional utterances by any one, and punishment should be given to any one who violates the laws of the land. Mt Bhushan, using his name recognition dues to Mr Hazare, has tried to incide cessation of a part of India which is a crime, in my opinion.

  3. Revati Laul permalink
    October 12, 2011 6:26 PM

    True, that!

  4. Jai Pushp permalink
    October 12, 2011 7:48 PM

    My full support for Prashant’s views. Its shameful that the attackers were from an organisation that is formed on the name of Bhagat Singh. They seem totally unaware of Bhagat Singh’s ideology.

  5. October 12, 2011 7:57 PM

    Bigboss: His action tells me he likes to give it as good as he gets, and your comment tells me you can’t take a joke!

  6. Mahtab Alam permalink
    October 12, 2011 8:49 PM

    Condemn the attack on Adv. Prashant Bhusan. Repeal AFSPA and other draconian laws NOW. Resist Communal –Fascist forces.

  7. Chanakya permalink
    October 12, 2011 9:47 PM

    Very true Shivam.

    Fortunately, Big Boss is the odd one out in this thread :- )

    If this kind of an atrocious attack can take place inside Bhushan’s chamber for voicing his opinions on Kashmir , then imagine the situation of journalists and writers. Thank God, we at least have Kafila to voice our opinions fearlessly.

    • bigboss permalink
      October 12, 2011 10:27 PM

      Thanks bud – being the odd one out isn’t all that bad when you’re questioning the beating of people who can’t hit back. Also, thanks for fearlessly voicing your views on Kafila under an assumed name. That makes two of us fearless folk, fighting for freedom under false flags!!!

      • naveen jankar permalink
        October 15, 2011 10:48 PM

        amazing series of fa’s. joycean expressionism! quite enjoyed it – “Fearless folk fighting for freedom under false flags!” wow!

  8. vallyettans permalink
    October 13, 2011 12:42 AM

    this is an attack on the very fabric of our constitutional principles and tolerance to such barbaric acts is no remedy. what we need is expeditious justice by bringing to book the real culprits . its a shame that these morons used the name of shaheed bhaghat singh to carry out such an act of cowardice.

    • October 14, 2011 11:29 PM

      I couldn’t have said it any better. Most of the people who jump on government’s bandwagon have very little idea as to whats going on in J&K. From their point of view they accept whatever comes from the government which leave very little room for their own rational.

      • naveen jankar permalink
        October 15, 2011 10:42 PM

        patriotism is above whats actually going on in J&K – the J&K which is regarded as an integral part of India is J&K devoid of inhabitants and meant only for the occupiers to enjoy its possession as landscape. in a map it is clearly the crown of bharat mata – it would hurt our masculinity to have a mother without an undeniably beautiful crown.

  9. October 13, 2011 7:39 AM

    One can condemn the attack on Bhushan and disagree with his views on J&K. It is as simple as that. Do all the supporters of ‘Azadi’ are apostles of non-violence and peace. Is the so called struggle for ‘Azadi’ is always a non-violent, peaceful struggle. Condemn those who indulge in violence irrespective of their ideology. Don’t try to generalize like ‘This is how “integral” a part of India Kashmir is – so integral that voices that doubt it must be silenced with vigilante force!’. Try to grow up.

    • Dark Lord permalink
      October 13, 2011 4:04 PM

      Completely agree with you. Attack on Bhushan should be condemned but to imply that Bhushan view on Kashmir is righteous is specious. Maoists throughout India indulge in violence, so do the Jehadi ‘Azadi’ warriors of Kashmir. An argument of Bhushan’s view of Kashmir will need to be determined on the supporting facts not whether some insane crack pot organization decided to indulge in violence.

  10. October 14, 2011 2:38 AM

    Sad for what happened with Mr. Bhushan. This happens all the time in Gujarat. Are we seeing the Modi-ization of India?.

  11. Kumarpushp permalink
    October 14, 2011 2:43 AM

    Hindus are free to do any things in India and get away without punishment.Hindus and their organization are above the law who can beat or kill any body.what a cow shits democracy in india.

    • October 14, 2011 11:24 PM

      I disagree. It’s not a matter of being a Hindu, its about if you have the right people to cover your back.

  12. bhaskar permalink
    October 17, 2011 1:07 AM

    I’m so confused. All these arguments in favour of secular humanism, raising above myopic nationalism are well and good. But in case of Kashmir, the very fact that it was a movement driven by obscurantist religious chauvinism, presents a formidable ethical conundrum. What do you say, Mr. Vij ?

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