Critically ill Swami Agnivesh an Arya Samaj leader passed away Friday at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi for treatment of “liver damage”, and died of multi-organ failure.
Always clad in saffron, Agnivesh rejected idol worship as an avid follower of Arya Samaj principles.
Agnivesh, a veteran Arya Samaj leader who championed the rights of bonded labourers, passed away on Friday at the age of 81.
His work to free bonded labourers that he would become known for. The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, a Hindu nationalist political party, offered a 2 million bounty for killing Agnivesh, for negative statements he made about Kashmir and Baba Amarnath.
His denial of idol worship invoking veda clauses and thus his questioning of Ice Linga existence invited wrath of Upper caste priests.
Former CBI interim chief who side line with Hindutva views and retired IPS officer M Nageswara Rao has stirred up a hornet’s nest with his tweet in which he termed renowned social activist Swami Agnivesh’s death as “good riddance”.
Calling Agnivesh “anti-Hindu”, Rao tweeted that activist did “enormous damage to Hinduism”.
Angered by thousands of microbloggers who expressed anguish reaction over Nageswara Rao’s inhuman twit , Twitter swung in to action and blocked Former CBI interim chief’s account features
Rao’s tweet invited flak from several quarters, with many calling it wrong to “abuse the dead”. Noted historian S Irfan Habib, in a tweet, slammed Rao saying,
“You are a disgrace. Can imagine what all you must have done as a police officer? Abusing the dead may be Hindutva but is certainly not Hinduism. Better late than never. Get yourself treated.”
The Indian Police Foundation (IPF), a multidisciplinary think-tank based in Delhi, said Rao “desecrated” the police uniform and “embarrassed” the government.
“Tweeting such hate messages by a retired officer posing as an IPS officer he has desecrated the police uniform which he wore and embarrassed the government. He demoralises the entire police force in the country, especially the young officers.” IPF tweeted.
Human rights worker and writer Harsh Mander said: “Very sad to read this tweet by a serving police officer, flaunting such uncivility and communal bias re Swami Agnivesh, a man far taller and better than he will ever be, just after his passing. That he feels he can display his bigotry so brazenly reflects on those who lead the nation.”
Rao a tainted IPS officer was appointed CBI interim director on October 23, 2018, following a turf war between the then director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana.
The former IPS has had a controversial career with questions over his perceived proximity to Hindutva ideology, and also about his wife’s alleged financial transactions with a Kolkata-based trading company, a charge he denied.
Last year, he was shunted out as CBI Additional Director and was appointed as Director-General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards until his superannuation on July 31, 2020.
This is not the first time that Rao has made controversial remarks. Know for his acidic remarks Earlier Rao said that Indian history had been “distorted” with the “whitewashing” of “bloody Islamic invasions/rule” and named previous Education Ministers who “were in charge of Indian mind space” for 20 “out of 30 years (1947-77)”.
It raised questions of propriety and service rules as he was then a serving IPS officer.
Previously, he had taken to Twitter in support of a ban on meat exports, and claimed that Hindu-Sanskrit literature was a good source for cinema. He also described certain comedians as “self-loathing anti-Hindus”.
Recently in line with RSS propaganda and in support of Hindutva casted actress kangana ranaut in a direct attack on Congress President he twitted “For, asking Sonia Gandhi to uphold Constitution is like asking Aurangzeb to protect Hindus, OR asking Pope to stop conversion of Hindus.”