The Ayatollahs of secularism

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    The Ayatollahs of secularism–part 2

    Minhaz Merchant

    On a cool spring day over 60 years ago in California, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a tall, angular man of 22, was in a garrulous mood. He told my father: “Ah, Pakistan. See what we will do with my wonderful new country.”

    My father, like young Bhutto, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, was unimpressed. “A country founded on theocracy,” he told Bhutto, “will never work.” My mother, among the first Indian women-students on the Berkeley campus, agreed. Bhutto walked away in a huff.

    Those were heady days after independence. Bhutto went on to become Pakistan’s youngest Cabinet Minister, at 30, in 1958. My parents returned to India after four years at Berkeley and got married. My father took charge of the family’s petrochemicals business which, thankfully, he was later liberal enough never to coerce me to join.

    The difference between Pakistan and India today is the story of how a great religion, Islam, has been distorted by those entrusted to protect its liberal ethos. Pakistan and several countries in the Middle-East have used Islam not to liberate but imprison their people. But it is in “secular” India that the damage has been most insidious.

    Jawaharlal Nehru was a secular man. He would have been mortified at what passes off as secularism in modern India. In its purest, most classical sense, secularism requires treating religion as a private matter. It must not enter the public domain. Pray in public or pray in private. But keep your faith at home.

    Politicians who have little to offer by way of development – 24-hour electricity, water, housing, sanitation, roads, infrastructure, jobs – will use religion to divert the attention of the common man. According to the latest National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), over 60% of Indians consume less than Rs. 66 a day in cities and less than Rs. 25 a day in villages.

    These form the poor whose grandparents were promised Garibi Hatao by Indira Gandhi during her victorious 1971 Lok Sabha election campaign. It should shame the Congress that, 41 years later, the constituency Feroze Gandhi – Indira’s husband – first entered the Lok Sabha from in 1952, Rae Bareli, and from where succeeding generations of Gandhis, including Indira and Sonia, have been elected, is one of the most backward in India. Over 70% of children below the age of 5 in Rae Bareli, for example, are moderately or severely stunted due to malnutrition (The Ayatollahs of secularism – part 1).

    But secularism, not development, has been an article of faith for the Gandhis. The poor and the Muslims – the Muslims in particular – have been entrapped into a fear psychosis that warns them: vote for “the other” and you will not be safe.

    The riots in Gujarat on February 28, March 1 and March 2, 2002 following the burning of kar sevaks on February 27, 2002, have come especially handy in deepening this paranoia.

    Muslims from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, from Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, are in effect given this false choice: do you want to be with a “secular” party like the Congress that can guarantee your physical safety but not one square meal a day? Or do you want to be with a party where you must forever live in fear though you will have 24-hour electricity, good housing, roads, jobs and a reasonable standard of living?

    Rich electoral dividends have flowed from such fear mongering. In the process, over the decades, regional parties have grasped the fraudulent secular baton from the Congress: the Samajwadi Party (SP) may be the most notorious of these but others like the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have all dealt the duplicitous Muslim card.

    Just as they eagerly copied Indira Gandhi’s destructive dynastic politics to enrich their future generations while impoverishing India’s, regional parties have effortlessly morphed into “secular” family firms engaged in exploiting Muslims by cocooning them.

    * * *

    My daughter, a budding designer, often visits areas in Mumbai to source raw materials for her work and commission artisans. Most of these artisans are Muslims. Most are very poor. Most live in buildings which could collapse any moment. She asked me: “Why doesn’t the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra, which wins elections based on votes from poor Muslims, do anything to improve their lives?”

    The answer: because poor Muslims who have no time to think beyond the next meal will not have time to think of governance and development and how both have been sacrificed at the altar of secularism.

    But then of course this isn’t secularism. It’s communalism, masquerading as secularism. What really can be more communal than keeping nearly an entire community of 175 million people in poverty for over six decades?

    Theocratic countries like Pakistan have more liberal laws for their Muslim citizens than India has for its Muslims. Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia have also reformed medieval Islamic canons.

    Why not India? Because the Congress and its regional copycats fear the true liberation of the Muslim mind. That liberation could set off unintended consequences.

    Electoral defeat haunts the Congress and its allies more than issues of governance and development – or even justice. That is why it has moved glacially to deliver justice to the victims of the 1984 Sikh pogrom in which over 3,000 Sikhs were killed by Congress-led hooligan-politicians.

    At the same time, po-faced, it uses the 750-plus Muslims killed in Gujarat in 2002 in a riot (not a one-sided pogrom), where over 250 of the dead were Hindus, to extract cynical political advantage with the help of its NGO cottage industry.

    Muslim leaders have been willing accomplices in this tragedy. Mullahs issue regressive fatwas against Muslim women and edicts against sensible civil laws. Instead of condemning such fatwas, the government maintains a studied silence, tacitly encouraging extremism and keeping ordinary Muslims stuck in a time warp.

    The two real enemies of the Muslim – communal politicians masquerading as secular politicians to win votes and Mullahs deliberately misinterpreting the holy book to retain power over their flock – form a natural alliance. Together they have enriched themselves but impoverished India’s Muslims, materially and intellectually, in the name of secularism. These are the Ayatollahs of secularism.

    * * *

    That brings us to the third angle in this infamous triangle: the liberal, secular Hindu. Where does he stand in all this? He is naturally secular in the truest sense of the word: religion is a private matter, he rightly believes. It has no place in politics.

    But he is also swayed by the plight of his fellow-Indians who happen to be Muslims: impoverished, illiterate, ghettoized, discriminated against. For every Azim Premji and Aamir Khan there are millions of weavers in UP and spot boys in Mumbai who have no place in corporate India’s organized labour force.

    Liberal, well-meaning Hindus ask why. And the answer they come up with is: communal discrimination. Yet the liberal Hindu doesn’t dig deeper. The more politicians sequester Muslims into vote silos, the more the middle-class Hindu (not the liberal, well-meaning, Stephanian Hindu) resents them. Discrimination, petty or large, mounts.

    The real culprits – communal politicians dressed up as secular politicians – get away scot-free in this narrative. The liberal, secular Hindu’s anger against anti-Muslim communalism is therefore misdirected – far away from these real culprits.

    The liberal, secular Hindu meanwhile points to “Hindutva” as the real fount of communalism. Is he right? This is how the Supreme Court defined Hindutva when specifically asked to do so in December 1995:

    Considering the terms Hinduism or Hindutva per se as depicting hostility, enmity or intolerance towards other religious faiths or professing communalism, proceeds from an improper appreciation and perception of the true meaning of these expressions. These terms (Hinduism or Hindutva) are indicative more of a way of life of the Indian people and are not confined merely to describe persons practicing the Hindu religion as a faith.”

    * * *

    Today it costs a candidate between Rs. 10 crore and Rs. 50 crore to fight a Lok Sabha election. Over the next 18 months, political parties will need to raise over Rs. 20,000 crore to contest 543 Lok Sabha seats. The potential from future scams has shrunk. Corporate cash donations have been hit – ironically – by the government’s own economic paralysis. Team Anna's decision to fight elections has introduced a new political calculus.

    For "secular" parties, 2014 is an election in which they will now have to rely more than ever on raising a fear psychosis against leaders like Narendra Modi who threaten their hold on power – and the financial pipeline that accompanies it but never finds its way into developmental projects, especially for Muslims. After all, they matter only once every five years.

    * * *

    Influential sections of especially the electronic media, suffused with hearts bleeding from the wrong ventricle, are part of this great fraud played on India’s poor Muslims: communalism dressed up as secularism. The token Muslim is lionized – from business to literature – but the common Muslim languishes in his 65-year-old ghetto. It is from such ghettos that raw recruits to SIMI and IM are most easily found.

    Sixty years ago on that Berkeley campus my father told Zulfikar Ali Bhutto why Pakistan would fail as a state. Today, my daughter, as she visits Muslim-dominated ghettos for sourcing her raw materials, sees how Muslim India too has failed. The single biggest cause: communalism – but in quite the opposite way the Congress, SP and other “secular” parties define it.

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    About the author

    Minhaz Merchant is an author, editor, columnist and publisher. A recipient of the Lady Jeejeebhoy prize for physics, his books include biographies of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the late industrialist Aditya Birla. After three years with The Times of India and a year with India Today, he founded, at 25, Sterling Newspapers Pvt. Ltd., a pioneering publisher of six specialised journals, including Gentleman, a political and literary monthly (whose senior editors and columnists included David Davidar, Shashi Tharoor, L.K. Advani and Dom Moraes), and Business Computer, in technical collaboration with Dutch media group VNU (renamed The Nielsen Company in 2007). Minhaz is chairman and group editor-in-chief of Merchant Media Ltd. and founding-editor of Innovate, a magazine for US-based CEOs. He heads the group’s think-tank, Global Intelligence Review. Having played tournament-level cricket and tennis – and rhythm guitar for his school rock band – he likes Dire Straits, R.E.M. and Sachin Tendulkar’s straight drives in roughly reverse order.


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    An interesting article by Mr Merchant that indicates the manner in which the original intent of 'secularism' has been given a new avatar that is not helping anyone except the political parties and the the token Muslim is lionized – from business to literature – but the common Muslim languishes in his 65-year-old ghetto.

    Interesting is his comment - The single biggest cause: communalism – but in quite the opposite way the Congress, SP and other “secular” parties define it.
     
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    What is this "Original Secularism"?
     
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    The secularism as espoused by the Founding Fathers.
     
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    What hinduvta mr.marchent talking.
    my house is near of local bjp/rss leader.

    from my childhood i heared words like muzzie,javan,nere and more and more sweet words for bengali muslim from the mouth of those hinduvta solider.

    my eyes see how those bjp/rss leader try to woo local hindu voter by making bad words for muslims.

    hinduvta cultural nationalism bs.

    in my district i can clearly say local hindus of my area are culturally very much similar with muslims of that area.
    from hundreds years we live together,we have mutal trust,respect,we join in each other festival.
    more bengali muslims found in durga puja mandap to see that puja than hindus in my area.
    we never votes on religious lines.
    we never had a big riot even in area.

    but those things don't stop our local rss/bjp leaders to say bad words for muslims.

    but the local population has stronger bond which hinduvta leaders can't break.

    but still rss/bjp leader are little toned down in murshidabad due to large local muslim population but go in nadia district the venom increase.

    congress/tmc/cpim has flows,sometimes they break promise but still i can say no hindu leaders of congress/tmc/cpim in my area will try to polarise local hindu population against muslims,nither any of them will show discrimination btw population of different faith.

    in 1992 my father's buissness office attacked by bjp/rss leader but i am glad his co buissness man of that area who are mainly hindu stand up against those bjp/rss.

    cong/tmc/cpim won't attack any home property in my area because its religious affilation.

    thats why murshidabad has many hindu mla/mp because they work as mp/mlas of population of all religious communities in that area.

    can i say same for the local bjp/rss leader can i belive they won't try to polarise people in hindu/muslim lines in my area.
    can i belive if any communal tension arise bjp won't try to add fuel in fire but try to find a solution.

    hinduvta is try to given the name cultural nationalism my area don't lack of cultural nationalism but bjp/rss hatred for muslims don't stop there.

    thats my practical experiance about hinduvta.

    bjp makes its core votebank by people who has very negative mindset about muslim and bjp leadership also works in that way.
    find me a core bjp supporter who don't have negative mindset against muslim,

    nither bjp is a practical option for
    muslims nor bjp want to present itself as a option for muslim because if they do bjp's core vote bank may become angry.
    vhp/rss clearly say bjp lose in 2004 because its core vote bank becomes angry because bjp was showing comperatively soft approch towards muslim.
    bjp can't make its core support base angry.
     
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    The issue under discussion is Secularism.

    Mr Merchant is a Parsi.

    He has correctly analysed that all this secularism as is currently practised by is bogus where nothing has been done for the Muslim except cosmetics and it is only the token Muslim is lionized – from business to literature – and the common Muslim languishes in his 65-year-old ghetto.

    In Bengal where is the presence of BJP, RSS or their organisations?

    Have you read Musalmander Ki Karaniya(What Muslims Should Do) - the book authored by WB Additional Director General of Police (Training) Nazrul Islam.?

    The Mamata Govt raided the publisher and organised an unofficial ban.

    Nazrul Islam, in his book, has indirectly criticised the Mamata government's minority appeasement policies and vote-bank politics including announcing stipends for Imams, and more madrasas.

    Go to Topsia and Tangra and see the real Muslim still wallowing in their ghettos and no real work is being done to raise them from that level or raise anyone who is economically backward, be he of any religion in India! That is secularism of India for you!

    This is what is the secularism Minaz Merchant is talking about - tokenism and not real secularism - Mukhota secularism!
     
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    3 lakhs bjp's workers in west bengal don't come from hevan.
    Go to rural area,semi urban area. You will find them.
    Nowadays they try to rise in west bengal.
    They try to rise in murshidabad in previous year but i am glad that they are cut down by size .
    Secular parties may do noting for development for muslims but al least they don't called muslim as javan,nere,muzzie.

    Do you know what kinds emotion runs and how it breaks a young muslim teenagers when in 15th august a bjp leaders openly say
    why this nere boy is holding a mini tricolour.

    I experiance that.my great grand father was a freedom fighter.
    He gets humilation from british,muslim legue for holding this tri colour.
    And after 58 years i have to here this.

    Secular parties won't try to polarise hindu population agianst muslims.

    Mr.marchent try to present bjp as a option for muslims but its not.
    Because bjp's core support base won't like bjp's soft approch towards muslims.
     
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    BJP rampage over Aligarh versity in Murshidabad - Indian Express

    SEE THIS MURSHIDABAD IS INDIA'S 9TH MOST POPULATED DISTRICT WITH 7.1 MILLION POPULATION.
    STILL IT HAD NOT ANY UNIVERSITY.
    WHEN A UNIVERSTIY COMES BJP TRIES TO POKE ITS NOSE.

    ALIGARH UNIVERSITY IS NOT A MINORITY UNIVERSITY.SO ITS OPEN FOR ALL.

    WHY CAN'T THEY COME WITH A IDEA OF SETTING BRANCH OF BENERAS HINDU UNIVERSITY IN MURSHIDABAD RATHER THAN STOP AMU.

    PEOPLE WILL LIKE TO GET A BRANCH OF ANOTHER CENTRAL UNIVERSITY LIKE BENERAS HINDU UNIVERSITY IN MURSHIDABAD.

    LIKE AMU,BHU IS ALSO OPEN FOR ALL.

    PEOPLE OF MY AREA WANTS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE THEY ARE NOT BOTHERED ABOUT NAME.
     
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    Ray da read my posts about mamta in dfi.
    i always say negative for mamta be it muslim quota,her quit from live tv show.

    yes i read the book and i don't like it and its author.
    do you know why in its this author present bengali hindu upper cast as rival some kinds of enemy of bengali muslims.
    he advocates hindu obc/dalit/st and bengali muslim social alliance against hindu upper cast.

    see i have lots of bengali hindu upper cast friend.
    some of them really close.
    they are mostly non communal and liberal.

    how can they be considered as enemy/rival of bengali muslim.

    bengali hindu upper cast,obc,dalit,st and bengali muslim should work as unitedly for west bengal state.

    so i support the ban.
    proverty of muslims don't vanished even in developt hinduvta state gujarat.

    do you know according to latest govt. report urban muslim proverty rate is higher in gujarat than west bengal
     
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    10 Lakh mullahs cannot change the world or can they? And do they come from heaven?

    What can BJP or RSS do in Bengal? They don't even have a presence. For if they did and were so active as you paint it out to be, then they would be swarming the Assembly.

    Of course, you will find BJP workers in Bengal, but you have to search real hard to do so and that too if you have it on the agenda to ferret them out! In a perfectly manicured lawn, you will still find weeds growing, but you have to search hard to discover them.

    So there are chaps who are calling you a nere? What is javan? Why should a person calling a person some names irk you? Why should it? Remember the English idiom - Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words cannot harm me! And in Bengali - Pagole ki na boley ar chagole ki na khai (A mad man will say anything and a goat will eat anything).

    What's all this emotional stuff about tricolur and all that? Have you heard the comments when MMS to some appear to be addressing in a whine from the Red Fort on 15 August? Does he bother?

    Look, there are freedom fighters a dime to a dozen. Everyone claims to be a freedom fighter who were old enough to join any procession against the British. Nothing great. My mother was also a freedom fighter, but what of it? She joined many processions. Must I squeeze sympathy to the last drop because she was a freedom fighter? I would call my cousin as the genuine freedom fighter, who was in the Anushilan Party and was declared a 'terrorist' and then was arrested at midnight and while being handcuffed and taken across a river, jumped inside the river, swam through and escaped. Now, that was something and he was a well known figure in Barisal!

    Secular parties may not polarise the Muslim, but they are making a monkey (said in the English term of the word as a verb/ adverb) out of them.

    What are you trying to prove by stating that you have upper caste Hindus as friends? Does anyone ask for a CV giving his caste, community, religion et al before thinking of having them as friends? Well, I have many friends, I really do not know their caste, community or even religion because I have not felt it necessary to slot them in such compartments. And why should one do so, if he is a friend. Isn;t being a friend enough?

    I am not fan of any political party including the BJP.

    All I am a fan of is seeing my country genuinely secular and the Govt honestly doing good and uplifting the economically marginalised, irrespective of caste, community, religion or creed.

    Was Prof Mahalanobis a Hindu or a Hinduvta person? He was not even a Hindu.

    But he was a staunch secularist!

    He happened to be my granduncle!

    So, spare your bile imaging that I am a BJP aficionado.

    I am a staunch secularist! The genuine type and not the mealy mouthed scoundrels who do nothing but spew pious platitudes and homilies!
     
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    BTW, how many men are required to throw bombs and be arsonists?

    Does it indicate that the BJP is a reckonable force in Bengal?

    Seats in the Parliament and the Assembly is indicative of presence and power.
     
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    Why use these divisive terms that politicians use to garner votes.

    What is the problem in saying people living in Bengal (and there are many from other states) should work unitedly for Bengal?

    See, how these mealy mouthed scoundrels of politicians have polluted your mind!

    You think of the divisions in our society and not of the society as a whole.

    That is the nub that is under debate - society - untied society!
     
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    They comes with a large number in that bdo office.
    wait i will give you a yt link.
    bjp go to poll without alliance when there has two alliance.
    so its not up,bihar where votes divided into 4 way and bjp win.
    bjp won 2 ls seat
    in 1999 from wb with alliance of tmc.
     
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    We are waiting for it to be proved.

    Even champions like Steleavad has quit bringing up new witnesses!

    Have you seen the Madhu Trehan documentary posted on this forum.

    You speak about Gujarat. Have you any word to condemn the Godra killings? Or is that par for the course in your ideal of 'secularism'?

    What about the Mumbai carnage thereof? How did that start? Any idea? Dawood and his henchmen are washed in the Ganges and pure?

    What about the riots in Mumbai started by the fiery speech of the Muslim leader over killings in Assam and Myanmar?

    Is India responsible for Myanmar?

    Why must we be so Muslim centric for all the sorrows of India and beyond?

    Any reason?

    All I want is the truth!

    Modi is no favourite of mine.

    Personally, I want all riots to be investigated with honesty, be it the Sikh killing, Gujarat or the endless ones in UP.

    Let me also tell you that neither community is purer than the snow of Mount Etna and so the 'victim' wail is misplaced.

    It is fashionable in modern concept of 'secularism' to only comment on the Muslims. Are they the only minority? Are Christians so rich that they require no attention? Do you think all Parsis are as rich as Tata? Or do you think that all upper caste or lower caste Hindus are rolling in big bunks.

    What so great sorrow about being Muslims?

    Discrimination is UNIVERSAL!

    It is this constant equation of secularism with Muslims is what rankles.

    Forget being a Muslim, Hindu, Parsi or Christian.

    What is important is economic empowerment.

    Sooner Indians and India realises that, will we progress!

    I will be frank, Muslims woes are not the be all and end all of India.

    The woes of the unempowered and the economically deprived, irrespective of caste, community, religion or creed IS![/B

    ]Muslims are no special class. They are Indians as you and me.

    How are you any different from me?

    If I trot out the injustice being done to me, you will realise I have more reasons to grouse than you.

    sooner you realise it and not wail and rant, the better is it for you and India!
     
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    Muslims doing well in Gujarat: Fakirbhai

    GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government on Friday declared that the state's effort in minority welfare has resulted in rich political dividends to BJP. "Muslims now know that the BJP stands for their welfare. They voted in huge numbers in local elections last year. Muslims fighting with the BJP symbol won on 108 seats, suggesting Muslims are happy under chief minister Narendra Modi", a senior minister in the Modi Cabinet declared.

    Fielded by Modi for concluding the discussion on the speech by Gujarat governor Dr Kamala's opening remarks made in the state assembly last week, state social justice and empowerment minister Fakirbhai Waghela took 75 per cent of his about 45-minute speech to showcase how minorities in Gujarat were faring better than in other states. "Fruits of development under Modi have reached the minorities in equal measure," he said.

    Pointing out that urban Muslims' per capita monthly income in Gujarat is one of the highest in India, the minister, who looks after minorities welfare in the Cabinet, said, "It is Rs 875 in the state, compared to Rs 748 in West Bengal, Rs 559 in Bihar, Rs 662 in Uttar Pradesh, Rs 803 in Andhra Pradesh, Rs 669 in Madhya Pradesh, and Rs 785 in Karnataka. The Muslim community in Gujarat contributes in equal measure in progress."

    Dishing out more figures, the minister said, in Gujarat there are 5.4 per cent Muslims in government service as against their 9.1 per cent population. "Respective figures for other states are - 2.1 per cent in West Bengal against 25.2 per cent population; 5.1 per cent in UP against 18.5 per cent population; 4.4 per cent in Maharashtra against 10.6 per cent population; and 3.2 per cent in Delhi against 11.7 per cent population", the minister told the House.

    Taking issues with Opposition leader Shaktisinh Gohil's intervention in the assembly where he had wondered if the BJP had begun to change its saffron colour for political ends, the minister said, welfare of Muslims in Gujarat has been made possible because of the state government policy on "welfare to all, appeasement of none."

    Muslims doing well in Gujarat: Fakirbhai - Times Of India
     
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