Congress Politics : Communalism North East

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    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi may have touched a raw nerve with the Nehru-Gandhis when he recently commented on the Congress’ practice of blurring the line between Church and State in the North-East.

    The Congress’ dalliances with the Church over the decades however are well documented spanning two generations from Indira Gandhi in the 1970s to Rajiv Gandhi in the late 1980s.

    As an example in November of 1972 when Nagaland was in the throes of a massive separatist violence and remained out of bounds of foreigners, the St. Joseph Gazette reports:

    Dr. Billy Graham is about to leave on one of the most unusual of missions of evangelical career.

    A crusade for christ in India’s remote Nagaland, an area forbidden for foreigners

    Indian sources said Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had granted personal approval for Graham and several other associates to visit Nagaland

    Indira Gandhi’s dalliances with religious leaders ahead of elections is a well documented fact as well. In the book “Communal Road to Secular Kerala“, George Mathew describes how Indira Gandhi wooed the Church to issue directives to vote in favor of the Congress lead UDF in the early 1980s

    The Christian Bishops appealed for support to only those candidates who believed in God, with an obvious reference to UDF led by communal leaders and parties. The leader of the Congress-I party visited the Guruvayoor temple ….and the top hierarchy of the Catholic Church in her election campaign …. the LDF was not free from communal appeals …..the communal appeal of the UDF was glaring and it voted on the basis of the communal appeals of the community leaders of Christians, Nairs …..

    The Congress’ engagement of the Churches in the North East during the Indira Gandhi era is a bit more complex given the violence and strife in most of the North east states. The Church’s role having more to do with peace than plain politics having itself suffered at separatist violence. More on the Church’s role in shaping the politics of Mizoram leading up to the years right around Indira Gandh’s death are well documented in this book from 1985. A similar book from 1983 chronicles the growth of the Church in Nagaland during those years of violence.

    The most famous episode of blatant Church role in Politics in favor of the Congress comes from the late 1980s during the Rajiv Gandhi era when the Congress Manifesto in Mizoram for the first time invoked the Gospel and the Christian faith to exhort the voters to vote in a certain way. In the book “Ethnic Issues, Secularism and Conflict Resolution in the North East” Bimal Deb quotes from the Congress Manifesto

    With the blessings of the Church, the Congress(I) election manifesto went on to define secularism in a new way. It stated “As Chrisitans, it is our bounden duty to proclaim the gospel. To fulfil this irreversible responsibility we need secularism in letter and spirit …. It is but reasonable that the Christian should lend support to the Congress.

    In that famous election the Congress trounced the MNF with the Church’s blessing. The book goes on to show how the Congress’ political line varied from state to state across the North East playing up the communal line differently in each state.

    It is a question worth posing though on why the Congress’ politics took a decisively communal turn during the Rajiv Gandhi era -

    - shilanyas

    - shah bano

    - gospel in its manifesto

    from the mildly communal dalliances of the Indira Gandhi era.

    Congress and its Communalism in the North East — blog.offstumped.in — Readability
     
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    Narendra Modi accuses Congress of communal politics

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    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has questioned late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's secular credentials.

    Addressing an award function in Mumbai on Monday, Modi said Indira Gandhi had announced during a campaign in the North East that if Congress was elected, the administration would be run as per the Bible.

    "However, no secularists took objection to this statement," he said.

    Modi said India's North East has a rich history of people who fought for the freedom from the British but claimed they were never honoured after the Independence.

    "Had their sacrifices been recorded and generations that followed read about them, what would have happened to a particular family for whom history has been changed," Modi alleged without naming the Nehru-Gandhi family.

    He also attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and alleged that Singh had stopped making budgetary provisions for uranium exploration in North East after he had become the Finance Minister in 1991.

    "Before 1991, these budgetary provisions used to be made. However, they were stopped after Singh became the Finance Minister. Later, when he became the Prime Minister, he ensured the policies were such that this (uranium exploration) would be done by the USA," Modi alleged.

    He said the Prime Minister has been representing Assam in the Rajya Sabha for several years "but it was only in 2008 that he thought of a vision document for North East."

    Modi said nuclear power was said to be safe and economically-viable and North East was the only place in the country where uranium is available in some quantity.

    Accusing the UPA government of "lacking vision and planning for development", Modi said had the Centre thought of setting up hydro power projects in North East, electricity shortage in the country could have been minimised to a great extent.

    "Water would have been an asset in North East and the economy would have thrived," he said.

    Modi said it was during NDA rule that a separate ministry for North East was created. "Had the Vajpayee government lasted longer, it would have fulfilled the incomplete task of Sardar Patel of integrating North East into national mainstream," he said.

    Modi said he had at a conference of chief ministers in Delhi suggested that 200 police jawans from each North East state be sent on deputation to Gujarat for two years.

    "They would have got exposure to the rest of the country outside North East and this would have strengthened the bond of the people. Inflow of tourists from Gujarat to North East would have grown. But my suggestion is still to be implemented despite all other chief ministers agreeing that my suggestion was good," he said.

    Modi charged the Centre with neglecting the development of border areas. "Ignoring it is an invitation to disaster. In the Rann of Kutch, it is very difficult to provide mobile telephones to BSF jawans because of the connectivity from Pakistan. I have taken up the issue with the Centre several times that why this can't be stopped with technology and satellites. It looks like they (Centre) can't think of doing good work," he said.

    Narendra Modi accuses Indira Gandhi of communal politics — indiatoday.intoday.in — Readability
     
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    Actually I am confused..what is it that they want to convey ? How come secularism is necessary to proclaim the gospel ?
     
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    Perhaps this would deconstruct secularism wrt to evangelists.

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    Why cut-and-paste the same images multiple times? Are you frustrated because Taliban has been unable to Purify your land of pures so far due to drone attacks from a Kafir country?
     
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    I actually find the image of ajtr quite true, to be honest.
     
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    I know that the Church plays a major role in Nagaland and Mizoram.

    The Baptist Mission has been very active right for the days of Phizo and Laldenga.

    Peace has been negotiated through the Church.
     
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    I have superficially gone through the content and I really respect this author. Government of India has slightly woken up, but don't expect much from this Sicular government. And why blame them? We have elected them to run the show and make money for themselves.
     
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    A political party which ties up with Muslim League and Christian Parties in elections cannot be called secular by any standard. But it Congress is in power it is our own fault.
     
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