It is good to see that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not pulling any punches when it comes to the Sri Ram Sene, the group that shot to national prominence when it beat up young pub-going girls in Mangalore, all in the name of protecting tradition.
The group has now shifted attention to an area a little north of Mangalore—the tourist haven of Goa, which also happens to have communal harmony between Hindus and Christians.
Manohar Parrikar, leader of the BJP in Goa, was blunt: “Sri Ram Sene is a bunch of crooks and criminals, and should not be allowed in Goa. We don’t want such people to come to Goa and disturb our secular fabric,” he told local reporters.
Earlier, L.K. Advani said in an interview with Outlook magazine that he was “genuinely revolted by what happened (in Mangalore)”.
There is no shortage of loonies who misuse religion to impose their notion of what constitutes decent behaviour. This is true of fringe groups from all religions. National parties should have nothing to do with them.