Tragedy of Delhi girl a turning point: Advani

As the country mourns the death of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim, senior BJP leader L K Advani has described the tragedy as ‘’horrendous’’ and said that this would be a turning point in the history of the country.

Published: 31st December 2012 01:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st December 2012 01:39 PM   |  A+A-

As the country mourns the death of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim, senior BJP leader L K Advani has described the tragedy as ‘’horrendous’’ and said that this would be a turning point in the history of the country.

 ‘’In the sacred chant of ‘Vande Mataram,’ woman is regarded as mother and sister, who should be honoured in a society,’’ he said, inaugurating the function honouring BJP leader O Rajagopal who completed 50 years in public life, here on Sunday.

 Advani said that the tragedy was so horrendous that it caused public outrage, sorrow and anger. ‘’How can people or any individual can act so beastly?’’ he asked.

 Referring to Rajagopal, he said the presence of different political, social and religious leaders on the dais makes him proud of his colleague.   ‘’No doubt this is an important occasion. It is the gathering in the hall which matters more than the speeches,’’ Advani said. 

 Advani recalled how during his formative years in Karachi he came into contact with Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Math order and used to listen to his discourses on the Bhagavad Gita. Advani said that Ranganathananda was a ‘’great influence’’ who told him about the Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s speech in Pakistan parliament.

 ‘’In his speech, Jinnah made a plea to allow Hindus to go to temple and Muslims to mosque. In the ethos of the state all are equal. During my visit to Pakistan in 2005, I availed a copy of his speech and also narrated it to the people of Pakistan,’’ said Advani, who courted a controversy for ‘praising’ Jinnah as a secular leader during his visit to Pakistan in 2005.

 Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan described how he and Rajagopal, though belonging to two different political parties with completely opposite ideologies, were able to sustain a healthy friendship in the past four decades. ‘’During the Emergency time, we were in jail together. As a Union Minister of Railways and Law, he did help in getting Kerala its dutiful share,’’ Achuthanandan said.

 Health Minister V S Sivakumar, CPI state secretary Pannian Raveendran, poet O N V Kurup, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi chairman P Gopinathan Nair, Bharathiya Vichara Kendram director P Parameswaran, Bishop Samuel Mar Irenios, BJP state president V Muraleedharan and Mayor K Chandrika were among those who participated in the function.

Stay up to date on all the latest Thiruvananthapuram news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp