A book soon to be released on fringe organisations and foot soldiers of Hindutva, Shadow Armies, written by Dhirendra K Jha had in it a chapter that puts the rabble-rouser Hindu Aikya Vedi (HAV) President KP Sasikala, more popular known as Sasikala teacher, as a significant personae purported by RSS in "awakening" Hindus in Kerala.
In a chapter that was excerpted in NDTV online says that the public life of this lady has been made according to a script written by the RSS in Kerala. Her ascendancy to the HAV's headpost has come as the RSS had "great faith in her ability to pulverise Kerala society so that the BJP could sail through in a state hitherto know for its two-party politics: between the Communist Party of India - Marxist [CPI(M)]-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Congress-led United Democratic Front."
Jha further, quoting her critics, puts Sasikala targeting the Bhramins and upper caste Hindus of the state through her speeches to "recapture the political supremacy they once wielded in the past."
The writer says that evey speech the lady delivers is pointedly divisive, some are shockingly brazen. She even doesn't mind about the historical facts, despite being a teacher of history. Her speeches are intentional and quite targeted to make that 'concerned' audience to 'awaken' to the beleifs of Hindutva. A particular example of Sasikala's whimsiness in distorting the facts was well written in the chapter. The instance was 1921 Moplah Lahala. She in her many speech said that it was not a communal riot but a peasant uprising that took place in Malabar.
"Researchers have established convincingly that in 1921, the Muslim peasants of the region, known as the Moplahs, rose against their landlords: the Namboodiris and the Nairs. This resistance to extreme forms of exploitation by upper-caste landlords was suppressed and given a communal colour by the British. Why else would the very first batch of Moplah prisoners include a Namboodiri and four Nairs?"
Sasikala with all her brazen arrogance has, however, earned a lot of admirers, the book claims. She even been called 'Jhansi ki Rani' by her admirers after the valiant queen who fought the British.
But, Dhirendra K Jha asserts, the majority of Malayalies see her as a figure of ridicule, dubbing her as 'Vishakala' because of the venow she spews in her speeches.