Shiv Sena speaks out in favour of Sanatan Sanstha despite arrest of Sameer Gaikwad in Pansare murder case

Mumbai(dna): Coming out in defence of the controversial Sanatan Sanstha whose “seeker” Sameer Gaikwad has been arrested for his alleged role in the murder of senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Govind Pansare, the Shiv Sena said that this should not be used as a pretext to malign Hindutva.


CPI leader Govind Pansare murder accused Sameer Gaikwad

The Shiv Sena is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in the state, where the home department is vested with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

“Don’t spare the real murderers but don’t defame Hindutva,” said an editorial on Monday in the Sena organ Saamna, which has party president Uddhav Thackeray as the editor and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut as the executive editor. The Shiv Sena also questioned the silence of liberals and progressives, which it accused of being anti-Hindu, over inflammatory statements made by AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi and the controversial Raza Academy whose morcha in 2012 had seen violence at Azad Maidan.

It added that the true measure of the success of Pansare’s murderers and anti-superstition crusader and rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was creating an atmosphere that only Hindutva outfits like Sanatan were responsible for these activities and investigations are progressing on these lines.

The editorial also ridiculed the demands for banning the Sanatan Sanstha and hanging Gaikwad sans investigations merely because he was a Sanatan seeker and was involved in many religious and spiritual activities of the organisation.

“These things are laughable and expose the subterfuge of those who call themselves progressive,” the editorial claimed, adding that however, they were condemning the murder of Pansare despite differences of opinion with him. “…not just Pansare, the murder of any senior citizen in Maharashtra is an inhuman act of cowardice,” the Shiv Sena said, adding that critics like Pansare did not hurt Hindutva even a bit.

It said that the murders of Pansare, Dabholkar and MM Kalburgi were not the signs of a healthy society.

The editorial criticised the silence of liberals over threats to Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare after he was awarded the Maharashtra Bhushan. It questioned whether the Congress should be banned for trying to hide papers related to Netaji Subhashchandra Bose’s disappearance.