Shashi Tharoor and Mr Hamid Ansari, no sermonising please
Devils should not quote scriptures. That would not augur well for the society. All these high-profile dignitaries of India i.e the likes of Shashi Tharoor and his ilk have now been mouthing shibboleths that the Hindus are soft, so, therefore, to maintain cool and to seek for the much maligned-secularism of the Congress and that of their supporting other parties to come back to power in 2019.
Once again, the same old hegemonic- single-dynasty rulers and their prop-ups at the helm who had lost their Hindu ethos to rule! In the recent interview with Rajdeep Sardesai, Shri Tharoor wanted the BJP to declare that they have no connection with the ideals of Savarkar, Golwalkar and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, then he says he would not talk about the formation of “Hindu-Rastra” by BJP after 2019 election.
What cheek! His party, Congress has been appeasing Muslims from the pre-independent era, the same is continued after independence, will they forfeit that policy pursued? What the above leaders of Hindutva said, proved to be right with the partition of the country into Hindustan and Pakistan.
Now all the people in India/Bharat have moved on. Those ideologues of Hindutva were also great thinkers, patriots and nation-builders and stood steadfastly for what they believed in despite all odds and troubles like any other Congress tall leaders whom the Congress eulogizes. Instead of celebrating their lives by writing in the history books for school-children to study, Congress has denigrated them all through. But their ideology resurrected them now.
Before the Independence of the country, there was some meaning for the big-heads of Congress to appease Muslims to fight the common enemy the British, why the same appeasement has been continued after independence? Just to garner votes? To make them vote-banks? Congress has learnt the art of intimidating the minorities, especially Muslims, and later on, assuring them that their interests are safe in their (Congress’s) hand if the party is voted to power. People have seen it. They are vexed with the appeasement. Already in the Indian Constitution, there umpteen number of provisions, some in the concrete form of – Articles- that provide more rights to the minorities (compared to majorities) which our Muslim brethren know and are enjoying gladly. Why this extra-appeasement? Shri Tharoor should set his house right first by asking, why his party is tilted towards minorities and he should also stop sermonising the countrymen who are in no mood to listen to, especially from a Congressman.
To get (knowingly or unknowingly) pan-India attention, Shashi Tharoor goes to events and makes controversial statements. In the recent event in Tiruvanthapuram, Shashi Tharoor made in his keynote address, a political point – that is- India would become a Hindu-Pakistan if BJP is voted to power in 2019. This was in his home constituency but it caused ripples elsewhere in India as he being an MP. That had become a fodder for English media to take positions. Highly sophisticated, foreign-bred Tharoor might not know how Congress used to look down upon the native Indian culture, people and values. Still there many in media and outside make bold, loathing remarks against Hindu-gods and practices. Congress leaders never come to rescue when offended or try to get semblance in the society. There is a lot of difference between criticising and foul-mouthing beliefs of Hindu faith.
Strangely, of late, Congress and CPM have become devotees of Lord Ram in the state of Kerala. They are trying to outdo each other in celebrating the epic, Ramayana during the holy month of Karkkadam that is, beginning July 17. In this Ramayana month, their objective is to counter BJP and RSS in Kerala. Did this month-long public events on Lord Ram happen any time before in Kerala in that state’s history as ‘public events’? Never before. The entire credit of propagating the Ramayana culture goes to BJP. Not to the copy-cats.
‘CPM has planned lectures which will introduce the “real” Lord Ram’, reported an online news portal- TOI. Can there be two Lord Rams, i.e real and fake? Maybe CPM is introducing its own communist-party version of Ram, that is recently discovered. In Congress, none chanted Ram Naam till date, leave alone Mahatma Gandhi who belongs to the whole nation. Both parties (Congress and CPM) for the first time started celebrating Lord Ram festivities. A good sign. Laudable, though a belated gesture, should keep up thus the Indian tradition and culture. Bharat has brought back her prodigal sons.
Another reverential figure, the scholarly son of India, our Ex-Vice-President till yesterday, Shri Ansari ji in his interview to Sagarika Ghose, very recently, said in his inimitable style, coolly, ‘If you can have Victoria Memorial, what’s wrong with Jinnah portrait?’ in Aligarh Muslim University. For him, it is no wrong. Perceptions differ. Majority of Indians were against Jinnah’s two-nation theory. When it did happen, they felt pain and still feel the hurt by this generation because of Pakistan’s ‘thousand-cuts’ policy of India to bleed. Pakistan wiped-out Indian history which is a shared one from its books but still we want to hang-up Jinnah! And comparing the episode with Bhuiyan- Buddha-statue demolition in Pakistan by the Taliban is taking to illogical height.
The British had come from outside to loot and enslave Indians. So, they were then an outright enemy. Whereas Jinnah was the enemy from inside i.e from within. He was the one who orchestrated and stood for the formation of Pakistan. The vivisection of the motherland was because of his scheming and cunning nature. His connivance with the British to achieve his goal is written in the Indian history. Despite the repeated requests by Mahatma Gandhi not to vivisect the country and he would make him (Jinnah) the prime minister of undivided India, Jinnah went ahead to carve out Pakistan. Otherwise cities viz. Lahore, Peshawar, Baluchistan etc would have been in Bharat. We would have had an Akhand Bharat, a vast expanse of land till Iran (Persia). To go to countries like oil-rich Iran would have been a walkover.
Indians have removed many statutes and names of the colonial legacy. Maybe some remained as remnants. However, the British are now not our enemies. They are not causing havoc in J&K and other parts of India. They still want to establish friendly ties with Indians. They are civil in their dealings now. In the case of Pakistan and its founder, the grouse of Indians remain so, for they have not changed their attitude and position towards India, a wee-bit after independence, after snatching away a big chunk of land for themselves. The Ex-Vice-President should have taken all this into cognisance before making the statement of equating portrait of Jinnah with Victoria memorial. His comparison goes against the much established-feeling of Indians.
I am Indira Garimella living in Hyderabad. I hold a Master’s Degree and M. Phil (in English) with M.Ed. I worked as PGT in English in Government run Residential Schools. I have been associated with Pragna Bharati, Hyderabad. I also worked as Associate Editor of Bharatiya Pragna, monthly magazine of Pragna Bharati in the past. I have been a keen observer of National Politics and also write letters and articles to the English and Telugu newspapers from time to time.