Prashanth Poojary is no Akhlaq and Moodbidri is no Dadri – Pradeep Thyagaraja

Prashanth Poojary

Pradeep Thyagaraja“Incidents like Dadri put India’s delicate yet unique plurality at risk, as per the Indian Secular Media. But incidents like Moobidri don’t.” – Pradeep Thyagaraja

As per the Hindu calendar, we have just concluded the Pitru Paksha for the year 2015. While in most of the families, the sons and daughters were offering shraadh for their deceased elders and ancestors. The unfortunate family of Poojary had to perform the funeral rites for their 29-year-old son, Prashanth Poojary.

From past one month we have seen the widespread coverage of a Muslim man called Aklahq who got lynched by a Hindu mob for allegedly stashing beef at his house in a far-flung village called Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. We have also seen many political parties approaching the bereaved family assuring them all the facilities, cash compensations, etc. Many film fraternities and Secular journalists have written open letters, Facebook posts, tweets expressing their concern over the growing dissent in the country. Surprisingly, we have also seen PETA activists asking Hindus to stop prying in others’ food practices . Even the President and the Prime Minister has come out, addressed the media and expressed their condolences and have appealed for harmony among the communities.

Unfortunately, Prashanth Poojary ‘s murder didn’t get such coverage in the national media. Can there be a more unfortunate life than that in which the parents outlive their children?

What really happened

Prashanth Poojary belongs to a humble Hindu family, which runs a family business of selling flowers in Moodbidri, Karnataka. 29-year-old Prashanth Poojary was also involved in the organized efforts and operations to stop illegal cow slaughter and smuggling of cows. As per a report in a popular print media paper,  Prashanth Poojary was “guilty” of being the member of Bajrang Dal.

As per the reportage, the “alleged” murder of Prashanth Poojary took place like this:

“According to the information, six men in two motorcycles came to the market around 7 AM, to the place where Prashanth Poojary and his father regularly sells flowers. They attacked Poojary with sharp weapons and fled the spot.”

We must prudently look into the selective reporting of such incidents and their choice of words. They were very apprehensive in not revealing the religion of those “alleged” perpetrators. Prashanth’s father gave the names of the “alleged” attackers to the police. Yet, the police didn’t reveal the names of the “alleged” offenders neither they’ve shown progress of any kind as far as the case is concerned. Bajarang Dal’s regional convener Sharan demanded the police to take necessary action. Alok Mohan, the Additional Director-General of Police, assured the public that they are on the trawl of offenders and they will be arrested soon.

VHP and BJP protests

Addressing the press meet in Moodbidri, VHP district president Jagadish Shenava exposed some shocking facts to the public while demanding 25 lakh rupees as a compensation for Prashanth Poojary’s family.

He said, “From past two years in the state, groups like SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) and PFI (Popular Front India) goons have been involved in anti-national activities, cattle smuggling, slaughtering of cattle, love jihad to disturb the harmony among the communities”.

He also alleged that, “The Congress government in Karnataka has withdrawn many cases that was lodged against PFI and SDPI in which they were allegedly involving in the terrorist activities. Since the case withdrawal, the incident of cow smuggling and slaughtering has increased”.

VHP also said that, they will raise funds of 10 lakh rupees for Prashanth’s family. Karkala BJP MLA Sunil Kumar has urged the state government to give a compensation of 25 lakh. BJP MP Nalin Kumar Kateel also demanded a compensation of 25 lakh rupees to the family of Prashanth Poojary. He also hinted that, the Congress leaders are behind the incident. He criticized the district minister P. Ramanath Rai of Congress for being silence on the issue.

Eyewitness of the murder found dead

Sixty-six-year-old Vaman Poojary, who was an eyewitness of Prashanth Poojary ‘s murder died under mysterious circumstances. Vaman Poojary was a tender coconut vendor that owns the shop right next to the flower shop of Prashanth Poojary.

Circumstantial evidences also reveal that Vaman Poojary was traumatized upon witnessing murder of Prashanth Poojary and he wasn’t conversing with anyone since then. He probably would have been facing threats to his life too. But according to the police, Vaman Poojary “may” have committed suicide for reasons unknown.

Dadri vs. Moodbidri

Our media has no qualms in declaring the religion of the mobs that “allegedly” attacked Aklaqh of Dadri. Even the CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal went ahead and called the attackers Hindu. Would he or the media follow a similar standard while reporting Prashanth Poojary’s incident? No.

The attackers became “alleged attackers” and their religion, names, etc. Well … they were concealed like they are always concealed in similar cases!

Incidents like Dadri put India’s delicate yet unique plurality at risk, as per the Indian Secular Media. But incidents like Moobidri don’t. – The Frustrated Indian, 18 October 2015

» Pradeep Thyagaraja is a Technology Specialist at Bengaluru.

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4 Responses

  1. हुतात्माओं की चिताओं पर लगेंगे हर बरस मेले ।
    धर्म के लिए मरनेवालों का यही निशाँ होगा ॥
    कभी वह दिन भी आएगा जब धर्म राज्य देखेंगे ।
    जब अपनी ही ज़मीं होगी और अपना आसमाँ होगा ॥

    (adpated from original by Shri Jagdamba Prasad Mishra ‘Hitaishi’)

    How you can participate and contribute, please read on..

    Prashanth Poojary

    Those in the Houston area, kindly attend the shraddhanjali sabha for a Hindu martyr next Sat. at 11 AM Shiv Shakti Mandir, Hillcroft.

    Please donate to his family (the martyr was the sole bread-winner of his family).

    With your donation to his family you will send a message that the Hindu Samaj is ready to take care of the needs of the families of Hindu martyrs. Please google search “Prashanth Poojary” to know what happened to him.

    Please circulate this in your respective circles.

    Those outside Houston, you can donate as per instructions listed below.

    Make check payable to: “Hindu Mahasabha of America”

    Mail check to the following address:-

    Hindu Mahasabha of America
    [Attn: Annant Srivastava]
    5035 Heatherdawn Court, Katy, TX 77494

    For further information please contact:

    ​​Annant Srivastava
    <annant.srivastava@hmsamerica.org>
    or call him at 281-624-5532

    If you wish to speak directly, and/or donate directly to martyr’s family (father: Anand Poojary), please inform Annant and he will schedule a teleconference. The family is Kannada and Tulu speaking. If you need a translator please inform Annant about your requirements.

    If you are located in India, and want to donate in Rs. – direct deposit to beneficiary’s account – please contact

    ​​Rishikesh Shenoy
    <rishikesh.shenoy@hindumahasabha.org>
    Tel. / WhatsApp : +91 99402 86108

    If you wish to know more about Hindu Mahasabha of America, please contact:

    ​Dr. Rudranath Talukdar, President
    Tel. +1 832-573-3682
    <rudranath.talukdar@hmsamerica.org>

    ​Shri Gajanan Gaikwad, General Secretary
    Tel. +1 832-564-6878
    <gajanan.gaikwad@hmsamerica.org>

    or visit us at http://hmsamerica.org

  2. This will continue to happen till the sickularists are existing with their slogan “No equality only minority”….. Shame on them

  3. The rise of BJP is due to this fact only that a crime against a Hindu is not business of any one else. Hate crimes should be condemned by one and all. Only then this menace will be minimized.

  4. I am fed up with this kind of secularism adopted by Media and so called intelligencia.

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