Who is communal: Modi or Manmohan Singh?
Addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said, “No government should discriminate the public on the lines of religion and caste. Sabka saath, sabka vikas is our mantra”, PM Modi said. “Ramzan mein bijli aati hai tho Diwali mein bhi aani chaahiye; Holi mein bijli aati hai to eid mein bhi aani chaahiye. Bhed-bhaav nahi hona chaahiye (If there is electricity during Ramadan; it must be available during Diwali too. If there is electricity during Holi; it must be available during Eid too. There shouldn’t be any discrimination), the prime minister added. He said, “Gaon me kabristan banta hai to shamshaan bhi banna chahiye (If there is a ‘kabaristaan’ (graveyard), there should be a ‘shamshaan’ (cremation ground) too).”
This statement given by PM Modi can be termed as, “The most secular statement ever made by any politician in India” as it speaks about equal treatment to all sections of the society without any discrimination.
Several opposition parties including the Congress Party has termed the statement of the Prime Minister Modi as “communal”. Reacting to the statement of the PM Modi, Congress spokesman Anand Sharma said, “He must not give such wrong and irresponsible statements. EC should take note of PM’s statement, this is a clear violation of their directions.”
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also slammed the PM’s comments as being “communal” and “intended to divide Hindus and Muslims”.
Probably, the opposition parties, which are responsible for dividing the society and country on the basis of caste and religion, are shocked by the fact that how easily and smoothly PM Modi is exposing these parties. Before we proceed further, let us examine one “secular” statement given by Senior Congress Leader and Former Prime Minister in 2006. While delivering his address at the 52nd meeting of the National Development Council in December 2006, former Primer Minister Manmohan Singh stated, “Minorities, particularly Muslims, must have the first claim on resources.”
Now, if we compare the above two statements given by PM Modi and the statement given by Former PM Manmohan Singh, it will not be very difficult to know as to whose statement is actually “communal” and whose statement is “secular”.
When PM Modi calls for the equal treatment to all sections of the society, irrespective of their caste or religion, that is the height of “secularism” and when Former PM Manmohan Singh calls for allocating the resources of the country based on the caste and religion, is the height of the “communalism.”
People of the Country are now adequately educated and do not get misguided by the political parties, who were misleading and dividing the country for the last several decades, discriminating the society on the basis of caste and religion.
We hope that better sense will prevail on the so called secular (actually communal) parties, and these parties will soon realize that people of this country are no longer willing to buy their lies.
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