Mahua Moitra’s anguish and Adhir Ranjan Choudhury’s argument are misplaced
In the Parliament, that is, in the first session after the BJP led NDA coming to power for the second time, comments of the opposition after of the Presidential address, are note-worthy. It shows, they have still not come to terms with the debacle and their ideology of “secularism”- as to where it went wrong. Even today, they hold the belief, that they are right and the ruling is wrong. Their appeasement of minorities, which has long been Muslim-specific and Muslim-centric, is ever supported by Liberals in India. So, they have no qualms in speaking what they want to.
Mahua Moitra’s spirited speech started off by her ideological background, that’s by the quote of “Maulana” Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India. That indicates how she is abided by TMC’s appeasement ideology. Of course, she is cog in the TMC- machinery. It’s not anybody’s business to question the quote she selected, in her wisdom, for her expression of ‘free speech’. Moreover, the man was a secular icon for our liberals, though prefixed with ‘Maulana’. Never doubted, was he, for his secular credentials (like how the today’s Yogi is always). Mahua Moitra’s great choice has appealed to her gallery. Occasionally, she quoted others who are not from minority religion to neutralize the situation. Shouldn’t she have placed one of them in the forefront other than a Maulana?
Mahua Moitra’s assumption of- ‘rising fascism’ in India – was rejected by voters squarely. The kala bhoot (dark ghost/apparition) to scare a child- she mentioned in her speech- probably is the one she is scaring us with – that of her presumed rising fascism. As a matter of fact, her said fascism, is in the West Bengal, in a rising scale, escalating on daily basis. The holocaust she mentioned, is apt, here to compare with the killings of Hindu activists in her state. The only difference is, like in USA, holocaust memorial is not built by the BJP, the party only called the relatives of the victims to the prime minister’s swearing-in to give some solace. Ms. Moitra should know that argument is a double-edged sword. The prime minister gave an apt reply by reminding the emergency days of former prime minister Indira Gandhi to be the dark period in history by making people robbed off their fundamental rights.
Ms. Moitra’s TMC in the state of West Bengal is blind in its love for minorities. Otherwise, why would the minority affairs department send the circular that the department needs to identify state run schools and aided institutions that have more than 70% students from minority community to construct dining halls? The circular itself defies ‘Equality’ of all children. Either dining halls should be provided for all or none. Why discrimination between communities? It’s in a way splitting the society. Even to source money from minority affairs and madrassa- as is said by the Bengal CM, that the step is taken- the basic tenet that particular minority community students are going to get the privilege, is wrong.
In a TV interview, when Ms. Moitra was asked about the “minority appeasement” in her state of West Bengal, she didn’t answer upright, instead she said: appeasement works both ways, in Uttar Pradesh crores of money is spent on cow protection. She should have known by now that there’s a bovine law in the state and the state is Constitutionally mandated to protect. Generally, the interviewer anchors don’t accept counter questioning by saying that’s whataboutery. Here, the liberal anchors are liberal in letting her go.
The leader of the Congress in Parliament, Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was lauded by the liberal journos for his first statement in the Parliament: “The need of the hour was that a clergy needs to begin to see Ram in his mosque and a priest needs to see Rahman in the temple. That’s our idea”. It makes one wonder: in which world is he living? Surreal world or real? The Congress leader of the parliament, is holding on to a worn-out- that was tried, tested and failed earlier-method. Mahatma Gandhi composed and sang the song : Raghupathi Rajaram, Pathithapavan Sitaram, Ishwar Allah tere naam. The song became famous with Hindus, not with Muslims.
To them Allah is Supreme. They would not join with some other name, be it a God from some religion. Adulteration strict no…no for them, only Hindus have that tolerance, for they practice polytheism. This type of vice versa kind of solutions, as far as religion is concerned, don’t work. Prayer is one’s own. What happened to Gandhi ji, is a grim reminder. Despite singing admixture of Ishwar-Allah and by supporting Khilafat, nothing yielded. The country was divided. Would the Congress like to try the same? The Congress and TMC’s secularism is a failed attempt, that is like the old wine in a new bottle, not suitable to New India.
In this context, let the opposition be reminded of their own icons, Marx and Engels what they said from the manifesto of the communist party: ‘ The ruling ideas of an age have always been the ideas of the ruling class’. Now the ruling class is the BJP and their idea of Hindutva. The leaders in the opposition could protest and fight against it with all their limited strength as Ms. Moitra also pointed out. But it seems to be of no avail.
This ruling class with ruling ideas is secured by proponents of Hindutva after tough fight for decades on, to prove against the minority-vote bank-oriented secularism of the so-called secular parties in India. Still secularists are not mending their ways. Hence, Mahua Moitra’s and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury ’s fundamental principles and assumptions are wrong.
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 am one of the office-bearers in the Organisation. 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.