- Pakistan reference was in a good sense, says Hindu Aikyavedi President KP Sasikala.
- 'Vedas were born in Pakistan.'
- The Hindu hardliner had invited the wrath of students for comparing their school to Pakistan.
Students of a government school in Kerala brought hardline Hindu leader to the knees and made her swallow a statement against Muslims. The students protest even forced the firebrand speaker to admit that Pakistan was great!
Hindu Aikyavedi state president KP Sasikala, a teacher of Vallappuzha Govt. High School in Palakkad had compared her school and surrounding areas to Pakistan because 95% of the students and the local people were Muslims!
The statement invited the wrath of students and the public alike. But Sasikala was unperturbed initially and challenged the police to go ahead with the case filed against her for hate speech. She had stated that she would fight it out in the court. If the court punished her, she would be ready to go to jail 'for speaking truth,' she stated.
But the students of Vallappuzha school, where Sasikala is the Deputy Head Mistress, started an agitation demanding a ban on her. They took out a march in the school shouting 'Save VHS; Ban Sasikala.' They also started indefinite strike demanding a public apology from Sasikala. The parents also supported the class boycott stir.
As the local people took up the issue, protests boiled with in and outside the school. The Grama Panchayat authorities convened an all-party meet to discuss the issue. All political parties, except the BJP, criticised Sasikala and demanded an apology from her.
At the meeting, Sasikala was a shadow of the aggressive orator she used to be on stage. She reportedly told the meeting that her Pakistan reference was in a good sense. The Vedas were born in Pakistan, she added, pointing to the greatness of the nation. The local people enjoyed her volte-face and pardoned her.
Sasikala made the controversial 'Pakistan' statement about her school in a speech delivered in the USA in 2011.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:03 PM IST