'Keep your knives sharp to cut enemy's head': How the controversial remarks from this BJP MP sparked row?

Controversial BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur, who is currently under trial for serious charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, has sparked a row through her remarks that were in a fashion of instigating communal disharmony as she appealed to the Hindus to keep knives sharp at their homes to cut the heads of their enemies. 

Pragya Singh Thakur has been representing the Bhopal constituency in Madhya Pradesh in the current Lok Sabha. Besides being an MP, Thakur is known for being one of the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon bombings which killed ten people and after getting elected to the Parliament, Thakur apparently called Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a patriot. Her remark stirred public outcry and as the sequel of her comments, she was removed from the parliamentary consultative committee on defence. 

She has now come up with a fresh pack of polarization and she called for killing of Muslims. Speaking at the Hindu Jagarana Vedike's South Region annual convention that was held in Shivamogga in Karnataka, Thakur asked the gathering to keep weapons at home to cut enemy's head. Speaking about the killing of Hindu activists, Thakur said that Hindus have the right to respond to those who attack them and their dignity. 

She said, "Love jihad, they have a tradition of jihad, if nothing they do love jihad. Even if they love they do jihad in that. We (Hindus) too love, love the god, a sanyasi loves his god." She further said, "Sanyasi says, in this world created by god, end all oppressors, wrong-doers, sinners, or else, the true definition of love will not survive here. So answer those involved in love jihad the same way. Protect your girls, teach them the right values." 

"Keep weapons in your homes. At least keep the knives used to cut vegetables sharp. Don't know what situation will arise when. Everyone has the right to self-protection. If someone infiltrates our house and attacks us, it is our right to respond to them. Just like how knives cut vegetables, it will also chop mouths and heads." She advised parents against educating their children in missionary institutions and she claimed that if children study in missionary, they will become selfish. 

She stated, "By educating in missionary institutions, the children won't be yours and of your culture. They grow in the culture of old age homes and become selfish. Do pujas at your home, read about your dharma and shastra, teach your children about it, so that the children know about our culture and values". BJP MP Thakur made her remarks while responding to the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha in Shivamogga in February this year. 

Harsha was stabbed to death during the same time when Shivamogga was witnessing protests against the hijab ban. Thakur's remarks have drawn a stern criticism from the opposition parties. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted, "Text book case of hate speech. She can and must be prosecuted." Amid outrage against her remarks, a complaint has been filed against BJP MP Thakur by Tehseen Poonawalla over her hate speech. 

Poonawalla took to Twitter and shared his complaint details and requested Shivamogga police to register an FIR against Thakur. Congress MLA from Karnataka, Ajay Singh accused Thakur of triggering communal violence through her provocative statements. Singh said, "I really don't know why these people are instigating violence. Every time, they believe that they are going to lose any election, they think they can win it only by instigating people and encouraging communal violence. Pragya Thakur is an elected representative and being a member of parliament, she should not be allowed to make such statements."