Discussion in 'Politics & Society' started by parijataka, Sep 2, 2012.
Article by Meghnad Desai.
A nation of minorities
The Sikhs were not patronised.
The Sikhs did not contributed to the pacifist theory of Mahatma Gandhi and instead felt that an active confrontation was the path.
The British wrath was felt by the Punjab and Bengal, be they the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre or atrocities on militants of Bengal and Punjab,the Partition of Bengal by Lord Curzon in 1905.
Notwithstanding there were pacifist like Lala Lajpat Rai and Sarojini Naidu (nÃ©e Chattopadhyaya) and so on. Maybe they were the crumbs.
It was indeed laudable of Nehru and the Congress to build India under one umbrella and embrace the Muslims of India who had opted for India.
However, sooner than later, the tricks of the political trade surfaced - divide and rule - wherein an overdrive to indoctrinate the populace of the new version of the concept of 'secularism' - the 'minority' card surfaced. If it were to give opportunity to all minorities, then maybe the pill would not have been so rumbustious. But clever that the politicians are, they weighed the options to calculate what would assist the vote bank and the Muslims were the ones who had the largest and that could tip the balance either way!
And as Desai says, it was a political chicanery obfuscated with a heavy smoke screen.
There is nothing wrong in uplifting society, especially those Muslims who are economically backward. But it should not appear to be a 'exclusive' dispensation. If society is divided on religion alone, it upsets those of other communities who are equally deprived.
But then that is the master stroke of the political class - obfuscate the issues and make it appear a crisis, having indoctrinated the minds to accept the same by making it appear as a sop to a 'guilt' complex over the ravages of Partition wherein the animosity should not be carried over!
On SCs and STs, it was taken as a separate issue that none could contest given the history. However, even here, the SCs were lionised as the deprived of the deprived. Again a political chicanery aimed at the vote bank. SCs were galvanised and politicised by Ambedkar and have become a tour de force! STs being of different tribes were not of political or vote import and hence neglected, and to be frank, were not even of any concern as we see the fate of the the tribal of Bodoland, Rajbonshis or the ones agitated by the Maoists.
That not being enough, the political class realised that people are getting wise and should be diverted into greater schisms and so came the caste divides beyond the SC divide!
That is politics for you!
I would only ask all those who are ready to analyse the issue of 'minority' beyond petty vote bank oriented religious divides to check on who are the actually deprived people of India. Is it only a certain religious group or it the deprivation universal and beyond religion?
Deprivation is not based on religion or caste or community.
It is based on lack of opportunity.
That is what should be addressed by all good Indians who want to go beyond the political interpretation of deprivation appealing to the vote bank.
If this is how the Muslims perceive the state of India and whip them into questioning the secular concept of India, then one could well wonder, if others do not feel that the very concept of India and secularism is not threatened per se?
And the message is not from the lumpen lot and the illiterate. It is from the educated people!!!!!
While one can be a liberal, yet if one's own entity is held in question by forces mustering on violent ways, would it be wrong for others to feel threatened and question the very violence that is being perpetuated against them and the concept of India?
And what is happening in the bargain?
Equally strong reaction is being built up by those threatened i.e. the majority and its religious fringes and both the viewpoints are leading to a state of anarchy!
The Christians are threatened by the love jihad as are the Hindus, the Hindus are threatened by the evangelists of Christians and Muslims, the Hindus are threatened by the Muslim aggressive religiosity and love jihads, the NE is threatened by the Muslim influx from Bangladesh making the originals into minority, the Muslims are threatened that they are not allowed to enforce their religious diktats and so on and so forth!
Is it not time to speak out and stop this menace threatening our very existence?
Think that over too!
I care not for religion except in my private moments.
But I sure abhor religion as an instrument of temporal supremacy struggle.
Religion is for the peace of mind and not to torment and torture the existence of mankind!
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