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The fringe has come to fore- on the anti-CAA agitation

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G Indira
G Indira
Author of the book: The India I Know and of Hinduism. Ex-Publications in -charge Pragna Bharati Organisation, Hyderabad. Academician and free-lancer

The country wide protests over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by the Left, Liberal and the so-called secular Congress are orchestrated and designed rather than a spontaneous outcry from all sections of the country. If at all there is a genuine outcry, that’s only from people of the North-East. The N-E is the epicentre of this agitation from which it spread to other metropolitan cities. The Centre, if it addresses the N-E, the other agitations would become irrelevant.

The forces (socio-political) that have been marginalised by the general public long ago, are raising their ugly heads, now, with these agitations. No one buys their hollowed theories. They have no connect with the majority of the people. Yet, they are seeking boldly, for citizenship to Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims! It goes without saying that they are not the persecuted minorities in those countries. Since the government wanted to include the Hindus and other Indic religious groups viz. Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and of course, Parsis (Zoroastrians) and Christians, these protestors wanted the inclusion of Muslims from the neighbouring countries who nearly represent all of them put together! What a broadminded thinking!

For the agitators, the Hindus are only, by default, a section of people in India. For them, it doesn’t matter their persecution here in India or anywhere in the world. Because they come under general rule of law. Their troubles come under ‘law and order’ problem. Whereas, in the case of Muslims, it is different. Those activists cry hoarse on minority rights/secularism!

These groups (the Left, Liberal columnists and TV anchors) are specimens from some other world. They say the country is polarised. ‘Us and them’ terms are used often, in the society, to divide Hindus and Muslims, they bemoan. The government is getting votes by showing ‘the other’, they complain. In fact, if they introspect themselves, they will know how much distortion they carry in their minds. Day in and day out, some TV channels castigate their own countrymen, the Hindus, as some lumpen elements and goons out to tear the (ever so fragile) secular fabric. They think their line of thinking is the only correct way. They need to know; those days are gone. Having birth in a privileged family, being educated in ivy- leagues in foreign lands, doesn’t give the privilege to criticise the countrymen in a derogatory way and passing snide remarks on them.

Sana Ganguly, the daughter of Sourav Ganguly alleged to have tweeted quoting Kushwant Singh’s views (from his book ‘The End of India’ published in 2003) in her Instagram account that raised a controversy. Her father rightly did the damage control. Many in India know what Shri Kushwant Singh stood for, all along, when he was alive. He was himself a controversial figure. Just because he was a writer of renown, his views are not the Vedas. Had the girl (Sana Ganguly) not been Saurav Ganguly’s daughter and the views were from a village/town girl, they would not have come to prominence. Very soon her (Sana Ganguly’s) supposed views were lapped up by Shehla Rashid, filmmaker Onir etc. It’s unfortunate in India, someone’s worth is determined by their place in the social hierarchy.

When Sana Ganguly (supposedly) said to have tweeted: ‘The Sangh is already targeting the Leftist historians and “Westernized” youth etc., it is clear where her mind is heading towards. She should also have read the book: “Eminent Historians, Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud” written by Arun Shourie in 1998 before coming to the conclusion. After all, this is what the advice that is given in a democracy—to hear both sides of the argument. Arun Shourie with facts and figures displayed, how the eminent historians, looted the tax payers’ money in enjoying their privileges and some of them, though being good for nothing in their work.

The detention of historian Ramachandra Guha on 19th December while protesting against the CAA in Bengaluru, was a big-breaking news on the news channels. R Guha emotionally said, on a TV channel that he was carrying Mahatma Gandhi’s picture and was protesting peacefully, yet the Karnataka police detained him. What’s the equation one has to deduce from that? Of course, he wrote the biography of Mahatma. He may (partly) like Gandhi ji because he (Gandhi ji) stood for Hindu-Muslim unity in India. However, Guha is selective. He may like Gandhi ji for his pro- Muslim attitude. But certainly not for Gandhi ji’s Hindu way of life and for Hindu spiritual practices.

Shri Yogindra Yadav was also detained in his protest against the CAA. He, as a psephologist, was always against the BJP and Modi’s win. Guha and Yadav are known baiters of the BJP ideology. They opposed Art-370, Ayodhya Temple Verdict and Triple talaq etc. That time, they merely aired their views on all channels, as the time was not ripe for them to agitate. Now, with the N-E regions fierce agitations in place, they got a chance to take to streets. Clearly, the NRC and CAA put together, there’s a confusion among many sections. The government should untangle the knot and should specify categorically what’s what. This day (20/12), it, of course, clarified some of the doubts through all channels.

Mamata Banerjee, the CM-West Bengal, keeping in view the coming state elections, going all out with her absurd demands of having a referendum by United Nations on the CAA. This, will send wrong signals to the outside world. In any case, the world is a Parliament of Nations. The government convincingly argued in the Indian parliament to pass the Bill. Now it’s time to convince the world.

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G Indira
G Indira
Author of the book: The India I Know and of Hinduism. Ex-Publications in -charge Pragna Bharati Organisation, Hyderabad. Academician and free-lancer
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