Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Mar 2018 11:37:14

THE unfortunate incident of bulldozing of the statue of Communist icon Lenin in Tripura is nothing but a brazen act of sheer political vandalism that can have no justification, no matter who has indulged in it. It is very unfortunate that the people involved in this act of vandalism belong reportedly to the Bharatiya Janata Party that swept to power in the State in recent legislative elections. The BJP’s ideology is certainly different and it is only natural for its cadres to feel a sense of hostility to a political ideology that does not match its own. Yet, razing of the statue of Lenin to ground and later disfiguring it further is something that runs counter to the spirit of cultured democracy. In the same vein, some zealots also tried to vandalise a statue of Tamil public figure Perriyar. Fortunately, they were rounded up at a right moment to avoid further disaster. This tendency needs to be condemned by one and all for the simple reason that it violates basic principle of peaceful co-existence of varying ideologies under a democratic canopy, whose sanctity is responsibility of all political parties in India.