The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has recently said that the word “lynching” was of foreign origin and was for that reason irrelevant for our purposes. However, we cannot ignore a reality ~ good or bad ~ just because of its foreign origin. Aryans have foreign origin. But can we ever ignore their assimilation into Indian society for that reason?
On the other hand, lynching is a shame wherever it may happen in the world. In “Romeo and Juliet”, Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other word would smell as sweet…” Indeed, rose will smell as sweet even if a rose is called golap in Bengali or gulab in Hindi. Following this we can also say, “What’s in a name? That which we call lynching/ By any other word would carry equal shame…”
Sujit De, Kolkata
What’s in a name?